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									                                         J EFFREY B EARSS
              3445 South Seymour Road, Swartz Creek, MI 48473 ▪ Tel: 810-635-3112 ▪ Jkb363@aol.com
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                                             LITIGATION ATTORNEY
           CIVIL LITIGATION  MALPRACTICE  PROBATE  INSURANCE  COLLECTIONS
  BANKRUPTCY  REAL ESTATE LITIGATION  WORKERS COMPENSATION  MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES
        LANDLORD/TENANT  NO FAULT  ESTATES & TRUSTS  CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
                  ADOPTIONS  LAND CONTRACT FORFEITURES  COMMERCIAL
Highly versatile attorney with 18 years’ experience in civil litigation, trust and estate administration, probate,
estate planning, insurance litigation, and collections, with demonstrated leadership throughout period of
critical attorney shortages in high-intensity law office. Rich career experience encompasses years of general civil
litigation, probate, and construction litigation. Eleven jury trials, hundreds of bench trials, thousands of motions.
Delivered attorney professional development, supervision, team building, and strategic planning. Superior
communicator; high litigation success rate.
                                                  Core Competencies
    Client Satisfaction                     Case Management                       Contract Administration
    Construction Litigation                 Real Estate Litigation                Insurance Litigation
    Mortgage Foreclosures                   Estate Planning                       Collections
    Estates & Trusts                        Arbitration & Mediation               Product Liability
    Civil Litigation                        Regulatory Compliance                 Negotiation
    Landlord Tenant                         Probate                               No Fault
    Contract Drafting                       Leases                                Legal Malpractice
    Bankruptcy                              Dental Malpractice                    Adoptions


                                              CAREER PROGRESSION
UAW LEGAL SERVICES PLAN, Flint, MI                                                                     1990-Present
Successfully secured favorable outcome in more than 9,000 cases at full-service, multi-city national law firm serving
General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler employees.
Attorney, Civil Litigation / Estates & Trusts / Insurance / Mortgage Foreclosures / Construction / Commercial
    Manage over 150 litigation cases simultaneously, handling extensive caseload and managing attorney duties to
       offset constant turnover.
    Administer probate estates of up to $3M each.
    Handle cases in the following areas: estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, divorce, custody, and visitation.
       Drafts advanced patient directives.
    Handle cases involving social security, worker’s compensation, employment, no-fault insurance, conversion,
       and cohabitation/palimony cases.
    Conduct real estate litigation, real estate closings, land-contract forfeiture foreclosures, mortgage foreclosures,
       and border dispute cases.
    Handle construction litigation, easement cases, roofing, foundation, and structural cases.
    Litigate debtor/creditor cases, Federal Truth in Lending Act litigation, Magnusson Moss Warranty Act
       litigation, Consumer Protection Act cases, and Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases.
    Handle retail installment sales contracts, auto repossession cases, (both plaintiff's and defense), Federal Fair
       Credit Reporting Act cases against credit reporting agencies, and identity theft cases.
    Try used car cases, barter cases, engine cases, auto repair cases, home construction cases, and bankruptcy.
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    Represent creditors against debtors in bankruptcy cases, conduct adversarial litigation in Federal court within
     existing bankruptcy cases; file suits on promissory notes, loans and borrowed funds, based on both written
     agreements and verbal contracts.
    Draft sales agreements, perform landlord-tenant litigation, and negotiate commercial leases.
    Litigate auto restoration cases, auto leases, insurance subrogation cases, house restoration cases, basement,
     and foundation cases.
    Handle cases involving windows, flooring, construction, septic tanks, carpeting, and flooded basements.
    Litigate insurance cases involving homeowners insurance claims, auto accident claims, credit life insurance
     claims; credit disability insurance claims, long term care insurance policies, and medical insurance policies.
    Defend suits by hospitals against clients for non-payment of bills caused by improper billing; litigate cases
     against health insurance companies for non-payment of medical claims, handle plaintiff’s ERISA cases, rebill
     insurance claims; and sue travel companies and travel agencies.
    Handled dental and legal malpractice cases.
    A demonstrated ability to handle and coordinate a large number of complex cases simultaneously over a long
     period of time.
    Simultaneously handle hundreds of cases annually, which requires the coordination of litigants, witnesses,
     experts, court reporters, and opposing counsel.
    Ensure that each case is thoroughly prepared in a timely manner.
    Draft briefs, motions and orders, and conduct settlement negotiations with opposing counsel and clients.
    Conduct investigation of facts and hire private investigators, expert witnesses, physicians, and engineers.
    Interview clients and witnesses, take recorded depositions of witnesses and opposing parties, and perform
     legal research and analysis.
    Schedule dates for pre-trials, motions, hearings and trials one-to-two years in advance; and maintain efficient
     docket control and scheduling.
    Develop and deliver training on litigation, wills, estates, trusts, and insurance law to other attorneys.
    Establish employment contracts with selected engineers and physicians as expert witnesses.
    Provide legal services related to insurance litigation, insurance, property, casualty, no fault, and homeowners
     insurance.
    Handled and collected on thousands of collection suits.
    Conducted thousands of mortgage foreclosures and land-contract foreclosures.
    Attained stellar record of 2,000 uncontested trusts and wills drafted over 16-year period.
    Successfully probated, administered, defended/prosecuted contests of wills drafted by attorneys outside the
     firm, and prepared estate tax returns for hundreds of estates. Overcame reluctance on part of clients to execute
     documents and inability of firm to consistently retain attorneys.
    Secured out-of-court settlement after filing workers’ compensation suit and dealing with nine adjournments
     over two years. Negotiated terms favorable to both the hospital employer and client.
    Achieved favorable judgments in 90% of insurance cases, attaining insurance litigation proficiency to aid firm
     with deficit of insurance attorneys. Trained and supervised attorneys handling insurance cases, assembling
     teams of expert witnesses, engineers, lay witnesses, and physicians to deliver successful results at trial in
     complex cases.
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      Took leadership role as managing attorney to remedy critical shortage, providing continuous training, review,
       and supervision of other attorneys. Handled hiring, motivation, direction, and critical analysis of legal
       pleadings throughout ten-year period.
      Continually trained attorneys, motivated staff, and provided critical analysis of other attorneys’ pleadings.
      Reached 99% client satisfaction rating.
      Handled many cases through arbitration, mediation, and facilitation as alternatives to litigation where
       appropriate.
      Slashed litigation costs up to 60% with reduction in depositions, non-essential discovery, and number of
       motions not likely to succeed, as well as using less expensive discovery tools including requests for
       admissions, interrogatories, and subpoenas. Collaborated with clients to settle many cases where feasible.
      Filed more than 200 bankruptcy cases in five-month period to meet deadline for changes in bankruptcy law.
       Self-trained in bankruptcy law in response to critical attorney shortage and handled new cases in addition to
       existing 150-lawsuit litigation caseload.
      Recovered full $60K after taking over uncollectible case spanning twelve years and numerous attorneys. Filed
       suit to renew original judgment, conducted debtor’s exam, and filed motion for receivership with strict
       requirements to force debtor to reveal assets.
      Obtained $330K in fire loss compensation for client after insurance company originally denied claim due to
       potential arson. Filed suit and hired fire engineer expert witness to disprove arson theory and secure payment.
      Assembled 3,000-page Litigation and Trial Practice brief bank over 16-year period.

Additional Experience as Attorney, STEVEN T. BUDAJ, P.C., Detroit, MI


                                                    EDUCATION
Juris Doctorate, UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY SCHOOL OF LAW                                              Detroit, MI
Moot Court Honors
B.A.—Political Science, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, JAMES MADISON COLLEGE                          East Lansing, MI
University Dean’s List



                                                 BAR ADMISSIONS
STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN
U.S. FEDERAL COURT
U.S. FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS (SIXTH CIRCUIT)
U.S. SUPREME COURT



                                                  AFFILIATIONS
STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN                         KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 3RD DEGREE
GRAND RAPIDS BAR ASSOCIATION
GRAND RAPIDS BAR ASSOCIATION PROBATE SECTION

								
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