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Hakala joins Plunkett Cooney’s Medical Litigation Practice Group


Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, continued the expansion Justin Hakala Plunkett Cooney Medical Litigation Attorneyof its medical litigation practice with the recent addition of attorney Justin J. Hakala.

An associate attorney in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Hakala focuses his practice primarily in the area of medical malpractice liability defense. He represents physicians, health systems and hospitals in healthcare litigation and defends claims of alleged professional liability in cases involving birth trauma, cardiac arrest, nursing home care, missed diagnoses and ophthalmology. He has successfully served as first- and second-chair in numerous jury trials.

In addition to his medical malpractice practice, Hakala defends product liability cases. He has experience with mass tort cases involving defective medical devices and other products. Notably, Hakala is the author of the 2016 book titled: “Product Liability in Michigan,” which draws upon his years of experience as a plaintiff attorney as well as his perspectives for the defense.

Named a Rising Star in medical malpractice by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine since 2013, Hakala received his law degree, cum laude, from the Wayne State University Law School in 2009. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2004.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, another leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year winner.

For more information about attorney Justin Hakala joining the firm, please contact the firm’s Practice Development Manager John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

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