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Jeffrey A. Crapko






University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2011

Kalamazoo College, B.A., 2008

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court

  • Western District of Michigan
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

Jeffrey A. Crapko specializes in complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense, with an emphasis on commercial disputes and state and federal appeals.

After spending two years clerking in the federal courts at both the trial and appellate level, Jeff has detailed inside knowledge of what it takes to present a persuasive and winning federal brief. He leverages his experience of having clerked for two of the most respected federal judges in Michigan to advise his clients on how to best frame their issues to insure the highest likelihood of success. Jeff understands what it takes to distill complex issues in a way that is accessible and persuasive to busy courts.

Since joining Miller Canfield, Jeff has been active in the firm's internal investigation and white collar criminal defense practice, appearing in court to defend his clients at all stages of the criminal process. Jeff is also experienced in juvenile proceedings, handling cases ranging from unwanted messaging to criminal sexual conduct and school and mass injury threats. He has assisted in several sensitive internal investigations, ultimately drafting comprehensive reports detailing the investigation's findings and conclusions. Jeff also regularly writes appellate briefs at both the state and federal level.

Jeff has substantial experience defending and prosecuting complex commercial disputes. He has successfully represented several clients in high stakes litigation, including by serving on the trial team which successfully defended a privately held company against claims approaching $1 billion. Jeff has further defended several privately-held companies through arbitral trial against disappointed sellers and former business partners. Jeff's work has transnational scope—he has traveled to India and China to represent his clients and conduct discovery where information was not locally available in the United States. He is comfortable quickly learning about his client's business and culture, and then leveraging that knowledge to create a compelling theory of the case to achieve his client's litigation objectives.

Jeff also draws on his knowledge of local practice and procedure to serve as local counsel and advise out-of-state firms on how to successfully represent their clients in Michigan state and federal courts.

Prior to joining Miller Canfield, Jeff served as law clerk to the Hon. Robert H. Cleland on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, as well as law clerk to the Hon. Helene N. White on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is active in both the state and federal bars, and currently serves as Chair-Elect for the Michigan State Bar Litigation Section.

Representative Matters

Complex Civil Litigation

  • Private Company Business Valuation DefenseSuccessfully represented private company through arbitral trial in business valuation dispute approaching $1 billion in claimed damages.

  • Post-Acquisition Buyout – Successfully represented privately held automotive supplier through arbitral trial against claims from a party with seller's remorse. The verdict included hundreds of thousands of dollars in affirmative awards for post-valuation adjustment in the client's favor.

  • Minority Shareholder Buyout – Successfully represented privately-held automotive supplier through arbitral trial against an attempt by a minority shareholder to artificially increase the valuation of his shares by $1 million.

  • Securities Class Action - Obtained dismissal of securities fraud class action against large publically traded bank.

White Collar Investigations /Criminal Defense

  • Federal Criminal Defense – Authored sentencing memoranda that reduced client’s potential jail time from over four years in a federal penitentiary to one year of home confinement.

  • Internal Investigation – Assisted in months-long inquiry into collegiate sports program, drafting comprehensive report detailing findings.

  • Internal Investigation – Investigated allegations of artificial inflation of student enrollment at public college.

  • Internal Investigation – Investigated allegations of improper touching and sexual behavior by medical staff.

  • Internal Investigation – Investigated allegations of accounting fraud and sexual harassment by CEO of publically traded company.

  • Criminal Defense – Successfully represented dozens of clients in connection with alcohol offenses, driving offenses, domestic violence, and various other misdemeanors.

Pro Bono

  • Eighth Amendment Appeal – Successfully defended an incarcerated individual's Eighth Amendment claims against certain sheriff's deputies before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. After submission of the brief, the Sixth Circuit Court rejected all of the deputies' arguments, which permitted the plaintiff to move forward with trial. 

  • Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim – Obtained rare second appeal-of-right for client who had been deprived of effective assistance of counsel during his first appeal by an attorney who lost his license mid-appeal, forged another attorney's name on the client's appellate brief, and defrauded client and his family.


Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, 2021-present

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-present

Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2016-present

Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert H. Cleland, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2013-2014

Law Clerk to the Hon. Helene N. White, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2012-2013

Intern to the Hon. Joan B. Gottschall, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2011

University of Chicago Law School, graduated with honors

University of Chicago Law Review, Topic Access and Recruitment Editor, 2010-2011; Member, 2009-2010

Federal Criminal Justice Project Clinic, University of Chicago Law School, 2010-2011

Legal Intern for Chambers, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania 2009

Kalamazoo College, magna cum laude, Honors in Political Science

Eagle Scout

Professional Activities

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan

Federal Bar Association – Law Clerk Committee

State Bar of Illinois

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section Governing Council, Chair, 2018-19; Chair-Elect, 2017-18; Member, 2015-present

State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Journal, Editor-in-Chief, 2015-17

Oakland County Bar Association


"Michigan Criminal Law Survey," co-authored with Matthew P. Allen and Gerald J. Gleeson II, 64 Wayne L. Rev. 607 (2019)

Comment, "An Argument for Requiring Officer Identification," 77 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1771 (2011)