Jeffrey S. Kopp

Partner

Overview

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.

Firm Leadership

Mr. Kopp is the Detroit Office hiring partner and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Representative Experience

Mr. Kopp’s notable recent engagements include representing: 

  • Manufacturing clients in defending investigations before the Department of Labor regarding alleged FMLA violations. 
  • An automotive supplier in the defense of litigation alleging claims for interference and retaliation under the FMLA. 
  • A construction client in a Service Contract Act audit and investigation by the Department of Labor. 
  • An automotive supplier in obtaining numerous summary judgment victories in age, sex, disability and race discrimination lawsuits. 
  • Various manufacturing and hospital clients concerning FMLA, ADA accommodation, and military leave and benefits issues under USERRA. 
  • Federal contractors in obtaining favorable results in OFCCP desk and on-site audits, and Service Contract Act audits. 
  • Manufacturing clients in numerous injunctive relief proceedings related to the enforcement of the company’s rights against departing employees who were alleged to have, among other things, violated their employment agreements and misappropriated trade secrets. 
  • Manufacturer in prosecution of claims against former employees for breach of fiduciary duty and other torts related to the former employee’s start-up of a competing business. 
  • An automotive supplier in obtaining a favorable settlement in a multi-million dollar warranty dispute. 
  • Lenders in in numerous commercial foreclosure matters resulting in obtaining receivers, foreclosing mortgages, and obtaining deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure. 
  • Private equity companies in handling all aspects of labor and employment transitions in mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions. 
  • A defense contractor and manufacturer in obtaining successful results in numerous labor grievance discharge arbitrations.

Education

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.

Recognition

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.

  • “Joint Employer Issues,” 2015 State of the Law: Tools to Minimize Risks and Maximize Your Role, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACCA) – Michigan, November 18, 2015
  • “Experts Give Their Solutions to Difficult Workplace Problems,” What’s Working in Human Resources, (contributor) November, 2015
  • “Tackling Difficult FMLA Intermittent Leave Issues: Strategies for Preventing Abuse,” Presentation, September 10, 2015
  • “FMLA Intermittent Leave: Preventing Abuse While Mitigating Interference or Retaliation Claims,” Strafford Webinar, February 26, 2014
  • "FMLA Abuse: How to Spot It - and Stop It," BLR FMLA Abuse Webinar, March 2011
  • "Implementing a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program — Things to Consider," Employment Law Update - Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News, December 2010
  • "The Expanding Reach of the OFCCP — Are You a Government Contractor?" Employment Law Update - Foley & Lardner LLP Legal News, November 2010
  • "When Johnny (or Joanna) Comes Marching Home Again: Are You on Top of USERRA," Foley & Lardner LLP Web conference, June 2009
  • "Labor and Employment Year in Review," Fourth Annual State of the Law Update, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACCA) – Michigan, April 2009
  • "Teenagers and the Law Handbook," (editor in chief) 2008

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