Jeffrey S. Kopp is a partner and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a trial attorney with a focus on labor and employment and commercial litigation, and a variety of emergency and other injunctive relief proceedings. Mr. Kopp is an experienced advocate, handling a wide variety of civil litigation matters in federal and state courts in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and other jurisdictions and matters before state and federal agencies. He has successfully defended clients before the Sixth Circuit and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Mr. Kopp also arbitrates traditional labor grievances. He also represents lenders in commercial foreclosure cases in Michigan and has successfully obtained receivers and completed UCC Article 9 and real estate foreclosures.
In addition to litigation, Mr. Kopp regularly provides employers with proactive employment counseling techniques to minimize the risk of litigation. He regularly advises corporate clients in labor and employment issues in merger and acquisition transactions and with complex FMLA, OFCCP, OSHA, and EEO compliance, unemployment, workers compensation leave, and non-compete and trade secret matters. Mr. Kopp is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, the Automotive Industry Team, AAP Compliance, and the Trade Secret/Non-Compete Task Force.
Mr. Kopp is the Detroit Office hiring partner and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Mr. Kopp’s notable recent engagements include representing:
Mr. Kopp graduated, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1996), where he was symposium editor of the Journal of College and University Law. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1990 and served on active duty in the U.S. Army in Germany, Oklahoma, Texas and Iraq. Mr. Kopp also holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Mr. Kopp has been selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers® lists (2013 - 2016). He was recognized as the Barrister of the Year in 2007 - 2008 and received the State Bar of Michigan’s Unsung Hero Award in 2012 for his efforts in leading various pro bono initiatives.
Admissions and Affiliations
Mr. Kopp is admitted to practice in Michigan and California (inactive) and before the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Michigan Supreme Court. He is a member of the state bar of Michigan and has tried cases in jurisdictions across the United States. His professional affiliations include the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, where he is a board member and former president of the Barristers Organization. Mr. Kopp also is on the board of governors of the West Point Society of Michigan. He also provides pro bono volunteer services for the Detroit Legal Services Clinic and Project Salute. Mr. Kopp is a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXVIII. He previously served as a board member of the non-profit organization, Arkay, which provides services to disabled individuals in Southeastern Michigan.
Mr. Kopp is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he currently serves as the Commander of the 91st Legal Operations Detachment (JAG) in Darien, IL. Mr. Kopp served in Iraq in 2008 as the detainee operations counsel at Camp Cropper in Baghdad. Among other awards, Mr. Kopp is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.
Representative Presentations and Publications
Mr. Kopp frequently writes and lectures about a variety of topics, including FMLA and ADA accommodation issues.