R.J. CRONKHITE is a member of the firm’s Complex & General Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Cronkhite’s litigation experience encompasses a broad range of business and contract disputes; he specializes in shareholder disputes, business divorces, trade secret litigation, technology disputes, and employment matters.
Before entering the field of law, Mr. Cronkhite dedicated his higher education preparing to practice it. He spent years immersed in books, studying America’s colonial government and early U.S. constitutional history, obtaining his bachelor’s degree and graduating with University Honors, magna cum laude. Mr. Cronkhite then attended the University of Chicago Law School, where he participated in moot court and interned with the New Mexico Supreme Court.
Clients describe Mr. Cronkhite as a tenacious, unflagging, and engaged attorney whose “attention to detail and professionalism are two of the many qualities that set him apart from the rest."1 Mr. Cronkhite obtains cost-effective results by quickly digging more deeply into the facts and law than opposing counsel, then leveraging his findings in favor of his clients. Mr. Cronkhite closely collaborates with clients throughout the litigation process based on his conviction that the firm’s clients are business partners—not mere customers.
In 2016, the State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section elected Mr. Cronkhite to its Governing Council. In 2017, the Governing Council unanimously elected him to serve as its Secretary. In this role, Mr. Cronkhite will better facilitate the mission of the Governing Council: to serve the membership of its Litigation Section. Mr. Cronkhite helped charter the Southfield Area Rotary Club (SARC) and currently serves on the SARC Board.
In 2017, Michigan Super Lawyers® named Mr. Cronkhite as a Rising Star in Business Litigation, an award granted to only 2.5% of Michigan attorneys under the age of 40.
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL, Chicago, Illinois, Juris Doctor, 2011
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 2007
SOUTHFIELD AREA ROTARY CLUB (SARC) – Board Member
STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN, LITIGATION SECTION – Secretary of Governing Council
OAKLAND COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION (OCBA) – Member and OCBA Fellow
FEDERAL BAR OF MICHIGAN, EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN CHAPTER – Member