Ruppel, Kimberly J.
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Education

University of Michigan

B.A., 1990

Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University)

J.D., 1998
Yeshiva University

Bar Admission

Michigan

Kimberly J. Ruppel

Member

Prominent Assignments

Commercial litigator with experience in class actions, electronic discovery, ERISA, probate and healthcare disputes.

Lead discovery counsel for Ford Motor Company in multi-district litigation involving allegations of fraud and violations of multiple state consumer protection statutes arising from fuel economy labelling of certain hybrid vehicles.

Co-lead discovery counsel for Ford Motor Company in a multi-billion dollar ERISA stock drop putative class action brought by 401k plan participants.

Lead counsel for IndyMac Bank in a jury trial in Oakland County Circuit Court involving claims that a negligent real estate appraiser was partly responsible for the bank's damages arising from a mortgage default.

Represented Michigan’s largest health care company and insurance subsidiaries as part of the discovery team in a ten million dollar breach of contract and tortious interference litigation brought by a physical therapy provider group.

Co-lead counsel for a specialty film manufacturer in a fifty million dollar breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secret litigation. 

Successfully defended Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada against an appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals involving whether the "Safe Harbor" regulatory exemption precluded the application of ERISA to an employer provided disability insurance policy.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in an ERISA claim involving issues of insurance coverage, employment discrimination, negligence and fiduciary duties.

Successfully represented a non-profit medical institution in a charitable Trust matter involving a disputed gift.

Successfully represented fiduciaries and individuals in disputed probate and Trust litigation proceedings involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence and self-dealing.

Representative Clients

  • AON Corporation
  • Aetna Life Insurance Company
  • AIG/American General
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
  • Dearborn National Life Insurance Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Continental Insurance Company
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company
  • Michigan's Largest Health Care Company and Insurance Subsidiaries
  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • Companion Life Insurance Company
  • Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
  • MassMutual Life Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
  • William Beaumont Hospital
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Professional Involvement

  • Manager, Dickinson Wright Insurance Task Force
  • Defense Research Institute; ERISA, Life, Health & Disability Committee, Membership Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Insurance & Indemnity Law Committee, Council Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Character and Fitness Committee 

Publications/Presentations

  • Presenter, "Are You HIPAA-notized Yet?," Dickinson Wright Healthcare Seminar, Detroit and Grand Rapids, September 2014
  • Presenter, American Conference Institute’s 14th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, January 2012
  • Introducing Evidence at Trial, 3rd ed., (Institute of Continuing Legal Education), contributing editor, 2014
  • Contributing Author, Journal of Insurance & Indemnity Law, "ERISA Decisions of Interest"
  • Co-author, "The Importance of Executing an Estate Plan," DRI Sharing Success Newsletter, May 2012, Vol.2, Issue 1. 
  • Presenter, Dickinson Wright Sunrise Seminar on Health Care Reform, June 2010
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