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Glen N. Lenhoff
Glen N. Lenhoff obtained his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University with a major in History. He was a Note and Comment Editor for the Wayne State Law Review when he was a law student.
Mr. Lenhoff began his career as an attorney by serving as a Judicial Clerk to Judge Stewart A. Newblatt of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. After his clerkship ended, Mr. Lenhoff worked briefly as an associate with the Grand Rapids corporate law firm of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, LLP. Mr. Lenhoff soon realized that he preferred representing individuals. He thus left Varnum, Riddering, and began representing individual plaintiffs.
Over the last 35 years, Mr. Lenhoff has built the finest trial record of any plaintiff’s employment discrimination lawyer in Michigan. Mr. Lenhoff has won verdicts in approximately 85 percent of his trials. He has won five (5) jury verdicts of over $1-Million, 15 jury verdicts of over $500,000, and 24 jury verdicts of over $100,000. These verdicts typically have occurred in cases involving large corporations or powerful governmental entities as defendants.
Mr. Lenhoff was chosen as one of the “Top 10 Attorneys” in the State of Michigan in the year 2002 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Mr. Lenhoff has been chosen as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” yearly from 1993 through 2014. He has been chosen as one of the “Super Lawyers” of Michigan yearly from 2004 through 2022.
In 2009, Mr. Lenhoff was trial counsel in the reverse discrimination case of Keith Speer v City of Flint. Mr. Lenhoff won a jury verdict of $131,000 in the Speer case – a result far better than the $60,000 settlement amount that was recommended by the Genesee County Circuit Court Case Evaluation Panel. After the Trial Court’s award of attorney fees, costs and interest, Speer settled for $305,000. The Speer trial was particularly important because it was the first trial in the 48-plaintiff employment discrimination litigation involving the “Citizens Service Bureau” – a 5 member elite Flint Police Department bureau that was created by then-City of Flint Mayor Donald Williamson in an act of racial discrimination.
The Speer case was a prelude to the 2011 Arbitration in the Citizens Service Bureau consolidated cases. In the Arbitration, a blue ribbon Arbitration Panel awarded several Flint Police Officer Plaintiffs the sum of $2,621,424 in damages, plus attorney fees and interest. This award was the largest employment discrimination award in the State of Michigan in the year of 2011.
In the summer of 2011, Mr. Lenhoff, aided by his able Second Chair Robert D. Kent-Bryant, won a $535,000 Jury Verdict in the case of Craig Hecht v National Heritage Academies, Genesee County Circuit Court Case No. 10-93161-CL (Hon. Geoffrey L. Neithercut).
The Hecht case was tried to a Jury in Genesee County Circuit Court. The Jury was comprised of five white people and two African-American people. The Jury found that Mr. Hecht was the victim of racial discrimination and awarded $535,000 in damages. On October 28, 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the Jury’s $535,000 Verdict.
Later in the year of 2011, Mr. Lenhoff was Lead Trial Counsel in the employment discrimination case of Michael Clum v Jackson National Life Insurance Co., Ingham County Circuit Court Case No. 10-000146-CL (Hon. Paula J. M. Manderfield). The Jury awarded Mr. Clum the sum of $1,093,000.
The Clum Verdict was the largest employment discrimination jury verdict in Michigan in 2011. In fact, the Clum Verdict was the only 2011 Michigan employment discrimination jury verdict in an amount over $1-Million. On November 5, 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the Jury’s Verdict of $1,093,000. Furthermore, on June 18, 2014, the Michigan Supreme Court denied Leave to further appeal. The Clum case has thus now been concluded, and the Jury’s Verdict has been completely upheld.
Another significant trial verdict won by Mr. Lenhoff was the 2014 Trial Verdict in the case of Yolanda Larry v Hurley Medical Center. Ms. Larry, an African-American female, was fired from her position at Hurley. A Genesee County Circuit Court Jury awarded her the sum of $183,625.
The combination of the Jury Verdicts in Speer, Hecht, Clum and Larry and the Arbitration Award in Porter left a significant impact on the Michigan legal community. There can be no doubt that the Law Office of Glen N. Lenhoff is one of the leading law firms – and perhaps the leading law firm – in the Midwest in the area of employment discrimination litigation.
In recent years, Mr. Lenhoff has been lead counsel in several significant sex harassment cases that resulted in settlements. In the case of Kelly Caudell v Flint Community Schools, the Law Office of Glen N. Lenhoff won a $600,000 settlement for a teacher who was the victim of sex harassment. In the case of Rebecca Stadler, et al. v Genesee County, et al., the Law Office of Glen N. Lenhoff won a $500,000 settlement for female deputies who suffered sex harassment while working for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department. Many of these settlements are subject to non-disclosure clauses, and thus names cannot be disclosed here. Suffice it to say, however, Glen N. Lenhoff has been lead counsel in sex harassment and sex abuse cases that have resulted in settlements in the millions-of-dollars. Other significant sex harassment cases that are not subject to non-disclosure clauses are referred to herein.
Over the years, Mr. Lenhoff has achieved considerable expertise related to stock market issues. In a major Probate case litigated in Oakland County Probate Court before Judge Daniel A. O’Brien, Mr. Lenhoff was instrumental in defeating a Petition for Conservatorship with respect to an elderly couple. In fact, the elderly couple was capable of managing their own financial affairs – especially stock market affairs. This matter came up for trial and, in cross-examining the proposed Conservator, Mr. Lenhoff vividly showed that the proposed Conservator knew very little about the stock market. Applying inter-market and sector analysis, Mr. Lenhoff showed that the proposed Conservator was simply not as competent as the elderly couple with respect to managing a large stock market portfolio. The Probate Court granted Mr. Lenhoff’s Motion to Dismiss the Conservatorship Petition after Mr. Lenhoff’s cross-examination of the proposed Conservator. This case vividly demonstrated that there are times when Conservatorship or Guardianship Petitions should not be perfunctorily granted by Probate Courts.
Mr. Lenhoff has also distinguished himself by his writing. He has published Law Review articles and articles in the Michigan Bar Journal. He also has written fiction. In the 2014 Michigan Bar Journal Short Story Contest, Mr. Lenhoff’s story “Tiny” was chosen as a finalist in the competition. Apart from the law, Mr. Lenhoff is very interested in music and literature.