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Jodi M. Schebel

Jodi M. Schebel

Executive Managing Partner
Phone:248.205.3352

Jodi Munn Schebel focuses her practice on product liability, premises liability and personal injury defense litigation, as well as counseling clients on regulatory compliance matters. She has significant experience managing all facets of high exposure litigation from case inception through trial, including pre-litigation claim assessment, development and execution of case strategy, written discovery, depositions, motion practice, expert witness retention and preparation, settlement negotiations and overall case management. 

Jodi handles complex and multi-defect cases involving consumer products, insurance coverage, automobile accidents, premises claims, as well as commercial litigation. She has tried automotive product liability and premises liability actions and has arbitrated cases under the American Arbitration Association standards. With respect to regulatory matters, Jodi counsels her clients on compliance with regulations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, to determine whether and what reporting is required, and to ensure that strict timelines under the Act are met.  

Jodi also regularly manages discovery coordination and eDiscovery in commercial and business cases, including complex litigation and class action matters. In her discovery practice, Jodi develops and implements protocols for handling all aspects of case discovery including case strategy, case management conferences, claw back agreements, deposition protocols, ESI agreements, protective orders, privilege logs and document collection and review. She is responsible for all areas of the discovery process, including drafting case management orders, initial disclosures, discovery requests and responses, and overseeing the entirety of the document collection and review process. She currently serves as National Discovery Counsel for a major automotive manufacturer on class action and other product liability matters in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. In 2019, Jodi testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Sub-Committee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on sealing the record and preserving litigants’ rights to protect their privacy interests.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1996

    cum laude

    Moot Court

    Delta Theta Phi

  • Wayne State University, B.S., 1993

    magna cum laude

    Merit Scholarship for Academic Achievement

    Golden Key National Honor Society

    Dean's List

Professional Associations

    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • American Bar Association
      —Women in Products Liability Section
      —Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Federal Bar Association
      —Southeastern Michigan Chapter
    • American Inns of Court
      —Barrister, Detroit Chapter
    • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
    • State Bar of Michigan
      —Litigation Section

Distinctions

    • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
      —Leaders in the Law, 2020
    • The Legal 500
      —Leading Lawyers in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Automotive/Transport, 2020

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Amendment to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6)," Co-Author, Legal Alert, November 2020
  • “Our Quest for Best Practices and Uniformity in Filing ESI Under Seal,” Co-Presenter, The Sedona Conference Annual Meeting, October 2020
  • “Draft Outline on the Need for Uniformity in Filing ESI Under Seal,” Co-Presenter, The Sedona Conference Midyear Meeting, April 2020
  • “Electronic Record Retention, Destruction and Security,” Presenter, NBI Webinar, September 2019
  • “Social Media Ethics and eDiscovery,” Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, June 2018
  • "Data Analysis Toolkit for Attorneys," Co-Presenter, NBI Webinar, June 2018
  • “Managing Risks with Litigation Holds and Document Retention Policies,” Co-Presenter, Client Hot Topics Seminar, May 2018
  • “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out),” Live Seminar, National Business Institute, Co-Presenter, October 2017
  • "Winning Your Case in Discovery,” Live Telephonic Seminar, Rossdale CLE, Co-Presenter, May 2017
  • "The ABCs of ESI Elementary eDiscovery," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, March 2017
  • “E-Discovery for Non-Techy Attorneys,” Taped Webinar, National Business Institute, Co-Presenter, January 2017
  • "To Redact or Not To Redact – Proper Redactions Under The Rules," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, August 2016
  • "Everything You Need To Know About Class Actions, But Were Afraid To Ask," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, June 2016

Publications

  • "Sweeping Amendments to Michigan Court Rules to Take Effect January 1, 2020," Co-Author, Legal Alert, June 2019
  • “Protecting the Record: Sealing Confidential Documents,” Co-Author, ABA Practice Points, May 2017
  • "What Do You Control? Document Preservation and Production Under Federal Rule 34,” Michigan Defense Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 4 – 2017, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Inc., Co-Presenter, April 2017