KATHLEEN H. KLAUS is a shareholder and member of the firm's Defense and Insurance Coverage Practice Group since 2004. She specializes in complex professional liability defense (including lawyers, accountants and insurance agents), employment defense and appellate practice, with an emphasis on taking cases seamlessly from initial intake through trial and appeal. Ms. Klaus graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1992 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from the University of Iowa in 1987. She is licensed to practice in Michigan and Illinois and is admitted to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits, the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Klaus has been invited to speak at numerous trade and professional organizations on various topics, including the application of the federal RICO statute to insurance claims handling procedures.
Additionally, Ms. Klaus has been continuously selected by her peers for inclusion in the annual edition of Best Lawyers in America®
since 2013 in the area of legal malpractice law-defendants. She has been named the named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Detroit Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.”
Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" award. Ms. Klaus has also been recognized in the Michigan edition of Super Lawyers®
since 2013, listed as a DBusiness Magazine
Top Lawyer, recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer and named as one of Michigan's top female attorneys by HOUR Detroit
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juris Doctor, 1992
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa City, Iowa, B.A., with honors, in Economics, 1987
STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN
STATE BAR OF ILLINOIS
UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT BAR
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS - Third, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
UNITED STATES TAX COURT
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION - Long-standing Member
OAKLAND COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION - Long-standing Member
CLAIMS AND LITIGATION MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE
Michigan Creditors Bar Association - Director
Articles, Presentations and Cases
Bates v. Green Farms Condominium Assoc., 958 F.3d 470 (6th Cir. 2020) (court affirmed dismissal of FDCPA claims against law firm attempting to foreclose on a lien on behalf of its condominium association client and rejected plaintiff’s attempt to thwart dismissal by submitting “evidence” to support opposition to motion addressed to pleadings).
Buchholz v. Meyer Njus Tanick, PA, 946 F.3d 855 (6th Cir. 2020) (court affirmed dismissal of case on ground that “anxiety” caused by alleged violation of consumer protection statute was not a sufficient injury to sustain jurisdiction under Article III of the U.S. Constitution)
Bedford v. Witte, 318 Mich App 60 (2016), affirming in part this dismissal of a defamation claim against an attorney and law firm arising from out of court statements made about pending litigation.
Taizhou Golden Sun v. Colorbok, LLC, et al, per curiam decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided August 18, 2015 (Docket No. 320129) (affirming dismissal of fraud claims against of former officers of insolvent company).
Jackson et al. v. Sedgwick, et al.,
731 F.3d 556 (6th Cir. 2013) (en banc)
In re Rosa Parks Trust, per curiam decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided February 20, 2014 (Docket No. 312822)
Coleman v. Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, 947 F. Supp. 2d 777 (E.D. Mich. 2013)