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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 federal practice 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.  He has assisted in a high profile university internal investigation, including drafting a comprehensive report detailing the investigation’s findings and conclusions.  Jeff also regularly drafts appellate briefs at both the state and federal level. 

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 Editor-in-Chief for the Michigan State Bar Litigation Journal.

Representative Matters

  • University Internal Investigation – Assisted in months-long inquiry into collegiate sports program, drafting comprehensive report detailing findings.
  • 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.
  • Pro Bono Appellate Work: 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. 



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

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Illinois

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan

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

State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section Council

Oakland County Bar Association


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