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Jeffrey M. Schroder

Senior Attorney

  • Licensed Since: 2001
  • Joined Firm: 2016
38505 Woodward Ave.
Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
TEL: (248) 594-2796
FAX: (248) 901-4040
Areas of Practice
Honors & Awards
  • Top Lawyer in Municipal Law, Dbusiness magazine, 2018
Clerkship(s)
  • State of Michigan 36th Judicial District Court, Law Clerk, 1999-2001
Education
  • Wayne State University Law School, JD, 2001
  • Albion College, Magna Cum Laude, B.A., 1997
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2002
  • U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2011

Jeffrey M. Schroder serves as Co-Leader of Plunkett Cooney's Cannabis Industry Group, and he is a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Governmental Law practice groups.

Mr. Schroder focuses his practice in the areas of cannabis business licensing and compliance, healthcare compliance and audit defense, fraud and embezzlement recovery, municipal law, and zoning/land use. His practice includes all aspects of state and local regulatory compliance, as well as related business issues, including license approvals, transactions, real estate and related litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schroder worked as an Assistant Attorney General – Senior Attorney for the Health Care Fraud Division for the state of Michigan. He initiated Medicaid fraud civil recoveries, prosecuted Medicaid provider fraud, prosecuted financial abuse in resident care facilities, represented the state in Qui Tam cases filed by whistleblowers under the Medicaid False Claims Act, and he served on national teams with other Qui Tam states to investigate and prosecute global fraud cases.

Mr. Schroder also has extensive experience in governmental law, having served as an assistant city attorney for the city of Warren for approximately nine years. While there, he represented the city in litigation and court proceedings; negotiated and recommended contracts for consideration and approval; prosecuted criminal cases, including warrant authorization and bench/jury trials; represented the city’s Planning Commission, Library Commission, and Brownfield Authority; researched and responded to Freedom of Information Act requests; drafted city ordinances and resolutions; drafted legal opinions for elected officials and department heads; and worked extensively on state governmental relations issues with the city lobbyist.

Representative Client Work

  • Assists clients with the procurement, administration and regulation of government contracts; examples include contracts between a nonprofit organization and municipalities for community media services and contracts between a waste hauler and municipalities for waste collection services.
  • Assists clients with municipal and state applications for cannabis business licenses
  • Assists cannabis industry clients with land use and zoning approvals
  • Advocates for cannabis business licenses and land use approvals before state and municipal boards and agencies
  • Litigation of cannabis industry disputes, including zoning and land use denials
  • Prosecuted complex felony healthcare fraud and embezzlement cases; examples include conviction of county mental health official for fraud by approving bogus consulting agreements and conviction of Oakland County nursing home worker for embezzling over $460,000 from patients
  • Represents healthcare providers and pharmacies in audits and investigations by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Represented the state in complex global civil litigation involving allegations of healthcare fraud; negotiated, drafted, and recommended settlements to the Department of Health and Human Services; represented the state in dozens of civil fraud cases that produced over $40 million in recoveries
  • Under the Medicaid False Claims Act, produced Michigan’s first monetary recovery for civil damages suffered by a Managed Care Organization (MCO) as a result of provider fraud
  • Experienced in healthcare provider fraud cases in numerous areas, including hospitals, pharmacies, mental and behavioral health, dental, nursing homes and providers with potential Stark and Anti-Kickback violations
  • Served on municipal RFP committees and negotiated contracts; examples include a $9.1 million contract for new automated water meters, a banking services contract and a contract for performance management and citizen response software
  • Represented Planning Commission; assisted successful adoption of a zoning ordinance enabling the multi-use development of large parcel of land, and drafted a zoning ordinance that heightened development standards for used car lots
  • Represented Brownfield Redevelopment Authority; worked with petitioner to obtain state approval for a tax exemption certificate to redevelop dilapidated hotel into a modern independent and assisted living facility
  • Represented Library Commission; assisted with consolidation of libraries and sale of library property with successful rezoning condition
  • Handled municipal water and sewer issues; reviewed engineering contracts and easement agreements; negotiated 30-year contract extension with Detroit Water and Sewerage Department; provided advice on water shutoffs and revised job descriptions for union employees that enabled cross-training and greater efficiency
  • On behalf of municipality, successfully petitioned Michigan Department of Corrections to relocate sex offenders from a halfway house near a female youth volleyball academy
  • On behalf of municipality, assisted successful appeal of HUD denial to spend Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grant funds on a proposed community center in an economically depressed area
  • Extensive experience with Election Law matters related to candidate eligibility and providing advice to Election Commission
  • Prosecuted thousands of municipal criminal and ordinance violations; extensive experience drafting ordinances and prosecuting violations related to zoning, blight, and property maintenance

Professional Development

  • NAMFCU Health Care Fraud Annual Training Program, Salt Lake City, UT, 2014
  • Immigration Training by ICE Agents in Detroit, 2013
  • NAMFCU Health Care Fraud Global Case Training Program, Kansas City, KS, 2013
  • ICLE Annual Health Law Institute, Plymouth, MI, 2011, 2013
  • American Bar Association National Institute on Health Care Fraud, Miami, FL, 2011
  • National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU) Medicaid Fraud 101 Training Program, Santa Fe, NM, 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers
  • State Bar of Michigan (Health Care Law Section - Appointed to Governing Council, 2017 - 2020; Legislative Committee, Chair, 2017 - 2018)

Community Involvement

  • Elks Lodge #1588, Ferndale, MI
  • Volunteer for Election Day integrity efforts (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2012)

Publications/Articles and Lectures

  • "Cannabis - From Cradle to Grave," Risk Management Association West Michigan Chapter seminar, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 15, 2018
  • "Medical Marijuana in Michigan: Navigating State and Local Regulations,” Presenter, State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section webinar, May 3, 2017
  • "The Latest in Health Care Fraud Enforcement," Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Anti-Fraud Conference,  Featured Speaker, May 21, 2013

Fraternity

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon

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