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Jill M. Wheaton Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Education

University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan, B.G.S.

Jill M. Wheaton, based in Ann Arbor, is a Dykema litigator involved in high-profile appellate work, commercial litigation and products liability defense. She is the leader of the Firm's Appellate practice.

In addition to handling or assisting in matters on appeal in which Dykema represented the client at the trial court level, Ms. Wheaton is often called on to enter the case for the first time on appeal in all parts of the country. In such cases, she has repeatedly obtained reversals of adverse decisions, or sustained favorable rulings. Ms. Wheaton is a leader of the Michigan appellate law community, as indicated by her professional associations and awards.

Ms. Wheaton has handled many high profile cases. In the past 5 years, she has obtained review by, and favorable decisions from, the Michigan Supreme Court in 5 cases — Covenant v. State Farm, Sauerman v. Residential Funding; Kim v. JP Morgan Chase; LaFontaine v. Chrysler Group; and State of Michigan v. CVS Caremark, et al. She has represented Ford, General Motors and Chrysler in commercial and products liability appeals in Michigan, California, Missouri and Pennsylvania; and the County of Washtenaw, Michigan, in a highly publicized matter involving the provision of police services.

Significant client representations in the products liability arena include her defense of Stryker in cases involving medical device product liability claims. Finally, Ms. Wheaton is an experienced trademark and Lanham Act litigator, representing many corporations in successful efforts to fight and stop infringers.

Ms. Wheaton has been recognized as one of the "Top 25 Michigan Women Business Lawyers" as well as one of the "Top 50 Women Michigan Lawyers" for two consecutive years (2016-17) by Michigan Super Lawyers, and has been named one of the The Best Lawyers in America© for Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation for many years.

Experience

  • Appellate work in numerous courts, both state and federal, in matters running the gamut from products liability to taxation, as well as amicus curiae briefs for trade associations, bar association groups and charitable organizations.
  • Products liability defense in numerous class action lawsuits, including hip implants, drug pricing, breast implants, anti-psychotics, tobacco, latex gloves, blood factor concentrate, as well as individual cases involving numerous pharmaceuticals, infant formula, scalpels and syringes, heart catheters, IV technology, chainsaws, chemicals and others.
  • Prosecution and defense of commercial breach of contract matters involving covenants not to compete, leases, sales representative agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and stock option agreements, among others.
  • Prosecution and defense of trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret matters in the following industries: entertainment, transportation services, beauty products, food service, medical products, toys, sporting goods, banking services, motor oil and automotive parts, among others.
  • Defense of securities fraud class action lawsuits and SEC proceedings.
  • Defense of First Amendment and libel matters.
  • Defense of medical malpractice and nursing malpractice actions, including the defense of numerous suits against the American Red Cross.

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice Section, Past Chair
  • Member, ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers Executive Board
  • American Bar Association, including Committees on Appellate Practice and Tort Litigation
  • Defense Research Institute, including Appellate Practice Committee
  • Michigan Appellate Bench-Bar Conference Planning Committee
  • Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Directors

Recognized in the Crain's Detroit Business special report, "Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan 2017"

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation, 2013-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation (2018)

Named to the Class of 2015 Leaders in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Appellate, Civil Litigation Defense, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2008-Present

Member, American Institute of Appellate Practice

Named one of the Top 25 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers® and Top 50 Women Attorneys in Michigan in 2016 and 2017

Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Member of Litigation Counsel of America

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation, 2015 & 2018

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Civil Appellate, Commercial Litigation and Products Liability Defense Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating