Mr. Steiger concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial litigation, with experience in a wide variety of business disputes.

This experience includes patent, trademark and other intellectual property cases, corporate control and proxy contests, M & A transactions, securities fraud, commercial contracts, real estate development and leasing, ERISA fiduciary duties, insurance coverage issues, trade secrets, non-competition covenants and unfair competition. He also handles False Claims Act cases, interference with contracts and business relationships, fraud, misrepresentation and other business torts, as well as vendor, supplier, dealer, distributor and manufacturer’s representative and franchise terminations. Throughout his career, he has also defended many employment termination and other employment-related civil litigation cases, including all types of discrimination claims, whistleblower and qui tam claims, and wage-hour and other FLSA claims.

Mr. Steiger received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, and his B.S. from Duke University. He is licensed in the States of Michigan, Illinois and California.
  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • University of Michigan Law School, 1983
      • J.D., cum laude
    • Duke University, 1979
      • B.S.
  • Admissions

    • Michigan, 1983
    • Illinois, 1993
    • California, 2003
    • **Not Licensed or Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Nevada.
  • Representative Matters

    • Representation of Samsung in patent litigation against Apple.
    • Successful defense of Micron against antitrust and related claims, alleging participation in the price fixing of DRAM memory and a boycott of competing DRAM memory technologies; defense jury verdict after 4 month trial.
    • Representation of TrueBlue in litigation relating to M&A transactions.
    • Representation of The Gores Group in disputes relating to private equity transactions.
    • Representation of Dr. Enrico Bondi, extraordinary commissioner of the new Parmalat, in actions against major lenders and accounting firms, relating to the financing transactions that preceded the financial collapse of Parmalat, often referred to as the Enron of Europe.
    • Defended GMAC Commercial Mortgage, a leading commercial mortgage lender and services provider, against attack by a major competitor, alleging improper servicing of commercial loan portfolios.
    • Special counsel to the Board of ACell, Inc., a medical device company with specialized products for tissue regeneration.
    • Strategized and implemented a successful shareholder initiative to remove and replace the Board of ACell, affirmed by the Delaware Chancery Court.
    • Defended an FLSA collective action against Flagstar Bank, alleging misclassification of mortgage loan underwriters.
    • Defended Flagstar bank in an ERISA company stock drop class action, alleging that Flagstar stock was an imprudent 401(k) Plan investment during a certain time period.
    • Successful defense of senior Kmart executives in class actions asserting ERISA fiduciary duty claims relating to Kmart's employee savings plan.
    • Defended Kmart in multiple ERISA class actions in Texas and Colorado, arising from the stock sale of a subsidiary, Furr's Cafeterias and Bishop Buffets, and alleged underfunding of the spin-off pension plan.
    • Lead counsel for Kmart in successful defense of consolidated 10b-5 securities fraud cases, ultimately settled for nuisance value.
    • Successfully obtained a large recovery for the Pontiac Silverdome resulting from the breach of lease by the Detroit Lions, which vacated the Silverdome to move to Ford Field. The case involved complex damages and mitigation issues uniquely related to professional sports stadiums.
    • Successful representation of Kmart in civil and criminal litigation in Puerto Rico, arising out of insurance claims for hurricane losses, and alleged employee misconduct in the preparation of the claims, including the allegedly intentional destruction of inventory.
    • Defended numerous damages and injunction actions resulting from the sale by Kmart of former subsidiary Pace Membership Warehouse, and the closure of most Pace stores. Filed in various jurisdictions around the country, the cases involved claims ranging from alleged violation of continuous operation covenants to alleged violation of bulk sales notice and transfer requirements, as well as alleged fraudulent conveyances.
    • Lead counsel for a municipality in a successful civil RICO and antitrust case, against waste hauling and disposal companies, a major city, and a variety of co-conspirators involved in a price fixing scheme relating to municipal waste disposal; and against the United States to obtain monies taken by the U. S. in criminal forfeiture; large recovery obtained.
    • Trial counsel for an automobile manufacturer in the defense of numerous wrongful discharge and employment discrimination cases. In addition to obtaining summary judgments, won a no cause verdict in a federal jury trial, subsequently affirmed by the Sixth Circuit.
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Jon Robert Steiger

450 West Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067-2557
Office: (248) 723-0407
Cell: (248) 909-5300
Fax: (248) 645-1568