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An experienced cross-border trial and appellate lawyer, Jeff Gorcyca has spent the last twenty-five years advocating in courts across the United States and Canada for Fortune 500 companies, institutions, and small businesses in the litigation fields of product liability, medical device, chemical/toxic tort, commercial, personal injury (including auto negligence and premises), pharmaceutical, and birth trauma. He has tried more than a dozen high exposure, catastrophic injury cases to verdict in front of juries and argued before federal and state appellate judges. Clients rely on him for his ability to handle very complex, technical cases—no matter the subject—in a way that connects with juries.

Jeff is a licensed attorney in the United States (Michigan and Illinois), as well as a barrister-at-law and solicitor in Ontario, Canada. His representative experience includes serving as:

  • Trial counsel for various automobile, motor vehicle, and off-road vehicle manufacturers in product liability, commercial, and general negligence actions
  • Trial counsel for various automotive suppliers in product liability and commercial actions
  • Trial counsel for various heavy machine manufacturers in product liability and general negligence actions
  •  Trial counsel for various medical device manufacturers (and insurers) in product liability actions
  • Trial counsel for various insurers in automobile, general negligence, and premises actions
  • Trial counsel for various hospitals/healthcare systems in birth trauma actions
  • Appellate counsel for written and oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Ohio
  • Appellate counsel for written and oral argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals

As a result of Jeff's strong leadership and management skills, he was elected and served as co-managing partner of the Detroit office from 2010 through 2017. He has spoken, taught and written on a variety of legal topics.

Jeff is married with two sons. He is active in the community, having served as counsel for a women's shelter in Oakland County, Michigan and handled pro bono cases throughout the tri-county Metro-Detroit area.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Ontario, Canada

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Education

  • University of Detroit Law School, J.D., 1993

    cum laude

    Frank Murphy Honor Society

    American Jurisprudence Award

  • Miami University, B.A., 1990
    Dean's List
    Major:  Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Distinctions

    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010 — 2018
      Named in the Business Edition Annual List for Litigation, 2013 — Present
    • Martindale-Hubbell
      —Rated AV Preeminent 

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Canadian Products Liability: Cross-Border Fundamentals and Key Developments in Canadian Law," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, March 2018
  • "The Latest Developments in the Defense of Typical Defect Theories: Roofs, Seat Belts, Air Bags, Tires, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC)," CLE Presentation, ACI Automotive Product Liability Litigation Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 2012
  • "Real World Outcomes of Rollover Crashes Involving Rollover Activated Airbags and the Effect on Litigation," Client Seminar, February 2012
  • "The Application of Virtual Reality to Accident Reconstruction," Client Seminar, Detroit, Michigan, September 2010
  • "The Effect of OEM and Supplier Bankruptcies on Automotive Product Liability Litigation," Client Seminar, Detroit, Michigan, September 2009
  • "The New Frontier: e-Discovery," Client Seminar, Detroit, Michigan, September 2006

Publications

  • "Mich. Drug Companies Now Less Immune Under Tort Reform," Co-Author, Law360, February 2014
  • "The Extremely Immature Newborn: The Dilemma of the Microbaby," Health Systems Risk Management Advisor, Volume 10, No. 1, 2002