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Background and Experience: 
Patrick Kruse established Patrick G Kruse PLC as an independent law firm to provide first class legal services to business clients.  In over 15 years of experience as an attorney, Mr. Kruse has established a solid reputation for dedication, hard work, honesty and integrity.  He delivers efficient and practical solutions to his clients at affordable rates.  Mr. Kruse has developed special expertise in the legal issues faced by small businesses, particularly those that are early in their life cycle.  As a former in house attorney and business operator in a start-up, an adviser to a number of small businesses, and having litigated a multitude of cases for small and large companies, Mr. Kruse possesses a unique skill set as a trusted business counselor, strategist and risk manager. He has also developed a special expertise in municipal law and governance. 


Before establishing Patrick G Kruse PLC, Mr. Kruse worked for several years at the Royal Oak, Michigan law firm of Flood Lanctot Connor Stablein PLLC.  While working with Flood law, he maintained a general corporate practice, and, for over two years, among other municipal work, managed all the general municipal legal matters (excluding criminal prosecution) as the City Attorney for the City of Woodhaven, Michigan. Mr. Kruse also worked on general civil litigation matters, trained and supervised less experienced attorneys, and, acting as firm counsel, assisted in the development of controls, policies and procedures necessary to the management of the firm's law practice.


Mr. Kruse also worked for over three years as Vice President and General Counsel for a startup technology business in the renewable energy sector, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal, contractual and intellectual property affairs, as well as assistance in strategic planning, corporate governance, investor relations, and financing (through several rounds totaling in excess of $9 million).


Mr. Kruse is also an experienced law professor.  He currently teaches a course, now in its fifth term, on Advising Entrepreneurs in Business Startups at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in its cutting edge Law Firm Program. Formerly, he was a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he taught Contracts and Civil Procedure for over two years and co-founded the law school’s Service to Soldiers Legal Referral Assistance Program, to provide pro bono legal assistance to active duty military personnel.


Mr. Kruse began his career in private practice in the litigation group at Clark Hill PLC in Detroit, where he worked on a wide variety of business, commercial and general litigation, alternative dispute resolution, trials, and appeals in state and federal courts. Mr. Kruse also served as a judicial clerk for Judge James L. Ryan of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for Justice Patricia J. Boyle of the Michigan Supreme Court.


Bar Admissions:
Michigan 1996 -- Admitted in All Michigan State and Federal Courts
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
University of Michigan, B.A. English Language and Literature, 1992
University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, 1988



Professional Affiliations:
Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow; Oakland County Bar Association, Sustaining Member 


Op Ed: If reports check out, State Bar should take action (against Kwame Kilpatrick); Detroit Free Press, February 8, 2008 

A Short Primer on the Standards for Summary Disposition in Michigan; 77 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 467 (2000) 

Note, Is Application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
nconstitutional? 73 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 391 (1996) 

Casenote, Eminent Domain, Peterman v Department of Natural Resources, 446 Mich 177 (1994); 72 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 669 (1995)


Practice areas


  1. Business: 35%
  2. General Practice: 25%
  3. Contracts: 25%
  4. Litigation: 15%



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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Contact info

104 Cambridge
Pleasant Ridge, MI, 48069


MIActive And In Good Standing199608/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Law School Service AwardUniversity of Detroit Mercy1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerPatrick G Kruse PLC2012 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law2010 - Present
Of Counsel / Senior AssociateFlood Lanctot Connor Stablein PLLC2006 - 2012
Assistant ProfessorThomas M. Cooley Law School2006 - 2008
Executive VP and General CounselWatts Energy LLC2005 - 2009
AssociateClark Hill PLC1999 - 2005
Judicial Clerk - Judge James L. RyanUnited States Court Of Appeals, 6th Circuit1999 - 1999
Judicial Clerk - Justice Patricia J. BoyleMichigan Supreme Court1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oakland County Bar FoundationN/AN/A
Oakland County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Technology Company start-up, financing, governance, and all aspects of corporate and legal affairsN/A
Cross border commercial litigationdismissal on summary disposition
Franchisee representationN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Detroit Free PressOp Ed: If reports check out, State Bar should take action (against Kwame Kilpatrick)2008
University of Detroit Mercy Law ReviewA Short Primer on the Standards for Summary Disposition in Michigan2000
University of Detroit Mercy Law ReviewNote, Is Application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act nconstitutional?1996
University of Detroit Mercy Law ReviewCasenote, Eminent Domain, Peterman v Department of Natural Resources, 446 Mich 177 (1994)1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Detroit Mercy School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor - Magna Cum Laude1996
University of MichiganEnglish Language and LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
D:Hive Build Peer RoundtableSmall Business Startups2012
Adjunct Professor - Law Firm ProgramAdvising Entrepreneurs in Business Startups2012