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John M. Kruis

Grand Rapids
Secretary

Yvonne Ouellette

Biography

For 35 years, John has successfully defended health care providers and facilities against allegations of medical malpractice in Michigan. His honors include being listed as a "Best Lawyer in America" in the specialty of medical malpractice, and an AV peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Inc., which is the highest rating one can attain from this prestigious organization.

John has extensive experience defending obstetricians, nurse midwives, and OB nurses in birth trauma cases. In addition, he is highly experienced in representing psychiatrists and other mental health care providers in cases involving suicide, medication management, and monitoring and supervision. He has defended numerous cases in virtually all areas of medicine, including emergency medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, general and bariatric surgery, urology and internal medicine. His success in these fields has earned him a prestigious reputation in the state, with the courts, and among his peers and clients.

He has tried cases before judges and juries in Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, and Van Buren Counties, as well as in federal court. Working closely with his clients, John carefully assesses each case to determine whether settlement or trial will achieve the best result. He has represented hundreds of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and hospitals from the point of claim filing, to pretrial settlement, to jury verdict and/or appeals as needed.

John regularly serves as a presenter for his clients: physicians, hospital staff, nurses, and health care industry associations, on a myriad of medical malpractice, professional care, and documentation issues.


Experience

John Kruis obtained a no cause verdict, concluding a 3-day jury trial in Grand Haven. The jury unanimously found that John’s client OB/GYN and hospital were not negligent in a case arising from a bowel perforation during a laparoscopic surgery.

Previous Experience

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Section on Negligence Law)
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management

Education

  • Grand Valley State University (B.S., Honors, 1976)  
  • University of Michigan (J.D., 1982)  

Admitted

  • State Bar of Michigan, 1982
  • Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1982
  • Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2009

Accolades

  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell 

  • Listed in Best Lawyers (2007-2017) -- Medical Malpractice Law -- Defendants

  • Listed as "Lawyer of the Year" in Best Lawyers (2013) -- Medical Malpractice Law, Defendants

  • Listed in Leading Lawyers (2014) -- Medical Malpractice Defense Law

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