Klingensmith, Jason P.


University of Michigan

B.A., 1995
  • With Distinction

Northwestern University School of Law

J.D., 1998

Bar Admission



Jason P. Klingensmith


Prominent Assignments

Extensive litigation experience, at both the trial and appellate levels, in Federal and State courts and before Arbitration Panels, in the following substantive areas of law:

    • Commercial Litigation, with particular expertise in the areas of contract disputes, business tort claims, and litigation arising from the sale, merger, acquisition and/or dissolution of business entities
    • Automotive Litigation, with particular emphasis on disputes between original equipment manufacturers and automotive suppliers, and disputes between and among various Tiers of automotive suppliers
    • Bankruptcy Litigation, with particular expertise in the areas of preference actions, fraudulent transfer claims, and litigation relating to the rejection of contracts
    • Franchise and Distribution Litigation, with particular emphasis on the representation of franchisors in disputes with franchisees and third-parties
    • Financial Services Litigation, with particular emphasis representing financial institutions in disputes with borrowers and third-parties
    • Real Estate Litigation, with particular expertise in the representation of landlords, developers and landowners against tenants and third-parties

Specific representations include the following:

    • Obtained defense verdict after arbitration in favor of Tier I automotive supplier against sales representative that sought approximately $30 million in damages related to contract termination
    • Obtained $6.1 million settlement on behalf of Tier I automotive supplier against supplier of allegedly defective components.
    • Obtained defense verdict after arbitration on behalf of Ford Motor Company against Tier I automotive supplier that sought in excess of $8 million in damages related to contract termination
    • Obtained defense verdict after arbitration on behalf of defendant-purchaser of manufacturing business against claim by plaintiff-seller that purchaser agreed to assume approximately $3 million in pension obligations
    • Obtained plaintiff’s verdict of $3.3 million after arbitration on behalf of the purchaser of an information technology company. Also obtained a defense verdict of “no cause of action” in response to $13 million counterclaim asserted by the seller in the same case
    • Successfully represented defendant-purchaser of marketing business, through two years of discovery and two months of trial, against claims of plaintiff-seller seeking $150 million in damages as a result of a terminated merger
    • Obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of Chrysler LLC entitling Chrysler to take immediate possession of tooling possessed by Tier I automotive supplier, effectively terminating the $200 million contractual relationship between the parties
    • Successfully represented defendant-purchaser private equity fund against claims of plaintiff-seller private equity fund seeking 30 million in post-purchase price adjustments arising out of alleged pre-transaction "accounting irregularities"
    • Obtained settlement of $6.25 million in favor of OEM automobile manufacturer against Tier II supplier resulting from the supply of allegedly defective automotive components
    • Obtained judgment in favor of Tier I automotive supplier in $7.2 million shareholder dispute with joint venture partner
    • Successfully defended AT&T, Inc. in $5.5 million fraudulent transfer action arising out of the bankruptcy of a former AT&T affiliate
    • Successfully defended a large retail jeweler in $7.6 million preference action arising out of the bankruptcy of Montgomery Ward
    • Obtained judgments of approximately $2.5 million and $4.5 million on behalf of national real estate franchisors against two of their largest franchisees
    • Michigan counsel to numerous national franchisors, including but not limited to Century 21 Real Estate LLC, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, Sotheby's International and ERA Franchise Systems LLC
    • On numerous occasions, have successfully represented landlords/developers in multi-million disputes with tenants, third-parties and others

Representative Clients

  • AT&T Inc.
  • Century 21 Real Estate, LLC
  • FCA US LLC f/k/a Chrysler Group LLC
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation
  • E.I. DuPont de Nemours
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. and its affiliates
  • Magna International Inc. and its affiliates
  • Midland Cogeneration Venture Limited Partnership
  • Target Corporation
  • Visteon Corporation
  • Meritor, Inc.

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, U.S. Courts Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
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Areas of Practice


  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2009-2012 in Business Litigation Law