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Jeffrey S. Hengeveld

Partner

  • Licensed Since: 2003
  • Joined Firm: 2002
  • Partner Since: 2013
38505 Woodward Ave.
Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
TEL: (248) 594-8202
FAX: (248) 901-4040
Areas of Practice
Honors & Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star in Professional Liability Defense; Michigan Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, 2008, 2010 - 2017
  • Top Lawyer Legal Malpractice Law, dbusiness Magazine, 2018
  • Law Review member, Note & Comment Editor
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Research, Writing and Advocacy Research, Writing and Advocacy
  • Best Brief Competition Finalist All School Moot Court Competition
Education
  • Michigan State University College of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2003
  • Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., 1999
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2011

A member of Plunkett Cooney's Board of Directors, Jeffrey S. Hengeveld focuses his practice primarily in the area of professional liability with an emphasis on claims against attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, and real estate professionals.

Mr. Hengeveld, who serves as Co-Leader of the firm's Professional Liability Practice Group, defends attorneys in legal malpractice actions with various types of underlying cases, including environmental law, collections, bankruptcy, Michigan No Fault Law, medical malpractice, real estate law, divorce and family law, probate law, and banking law. He also regularly consults on ethics issues. 

His accountant malpractice matters typically involve claims of failing to detect fraud and tax matters. He has co-authored a chapter about accounting standards and the duties accountants owe to their clients in a handbook on the subject of fraud deterrence. He also monitors and responds to calls to the MACPA Legal Hotline, which offers free legal advice to MACPA members. 

In the area of real estate, Mr. Hengeveld defends professional liability claims against title companies, property inspectors, and real estate agents and brokers. 

Mr. Hengeveld's practice also involves defending attorneys and debt collectors against claims, including class actions, involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Michigan Collection Practices Act.

Representative Client Work

  • Regularly defends lawyers and accountants in malpractice cases
  • Regularly consults with accountants on IRS, AICPA and MACPA issues
  • Regularly defends lawyers and debt collectors in FDCPA and MCPA cases
  • Regularly participates in facilitations, arbitrations and case evaluation hearings
  • Trial experience in both state and federal court
  • Defended property management companies against claims of negligence
  • Serves as Prosecutor for the City of Northville

Professional Affiliations

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • ALFA International (International Practice Group; Professional Liability Practice Group Steering Committee)
  • The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals - Members' Attorney Program

Community Involvement

  • Rochester Glens Homeowners Association, President

Publications and Lectures

  • “Know  When to Hold ’em and Know When to Fold ’em,” ALFA International’s Professional Liability Section, Program Chair, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Connecticut, August 3, 2017
  • MACPA Anti-Fraud Conference, Presenter, May 2013
  • "Professional Liability Insurance Coverage: A Compendium of State Law," Chapter Co-Author, DRI, Copyright 2012
  • Malpractice Avoidance for MACPA Birmingham Small Practioners Group, Presenter, June 2012 
  • Best Practices for MACPA Lansing Small Practitioners Group, Presenter, January 2011
  • “The Handbook of Fraud Deterrence,” Chapter Co-Author, Wiley Publishing Company, Copyright 2006

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