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R.J. Cronkhite

Business Attorney at Troy, MI

5.0   7 reviews

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About R.J.

Learn R.J.’s areas of practice.

I specialize in solving the specific challenges involved in unfair competition, including brand and name protection, trademarks, workforce management, non-competes, non-solicits, trade secrets, antitrust, and related contracts, employment agreements, and lawsuits.

Licensed for 10 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2014
Updated 12/26/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2012
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
900 Wilshire Dr.
Suite 300
Troy, MI, 48084


5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Patrick | December 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, Honest, & Intelligent
R.J. helped us keep our home from being razed by our municipality for trivial issues. We involved R.J. after it became clear that the municipality was determined to destroy our home. R.J. immediately and aggressively went after the municipality, backed them down into a reasonable position, and saved our home. R.J. clearly cared about what happened to us and got an amazing result! We strongly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best in the Business
R.J. saved my livelihood and my life. I was served with paperwork from my former employer that demanded my current company to terminate me effective immediately or they would pursue a lawsuit against both my current company and myself for an alleged breach of my non-compete agreement. My current company knowing that we were in the right refused to terminate me and took immediate action and contacted Mr. R.J. Cronkhite. Not only was R.J. professional and compassionate but extremely knowledgeable and aggressively pursued my defense. R.J. told me that he took my case personally as he understood that I take care of my 5-year-old daughter and my livelihood is everything to me. Mr. Cronkhite was there whenever I called and explained everything to me in detail and in language that I could understand. My former company pursued the lawsuit and a court date was set. Upon arrival it was clear that R.J. was known and respected in the community as other legal counsel walked in the court room greeting him. At the end of the day the opposing counsel approached R.J. and we were able to come to an agreement before seeing the judge. Without the aggressive and fierce defense of R.J. I would have been bullied by my former employer and counsel and not only potentially lost my livelihood but a lawsuit as well. Mr. Cronkhite followed up with me afterwards to ensure that I was ok and informed me to reach out to him if I have any questions or concerns. If anyone is having legal issues I strongly encourage you to reach out to R.J. immediately.
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Posted by Leonard | June 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RJ Cronkhite
RJ is an exceptional, results oriented attorney. He is efficient, thorough as they come. He worked on our cases as if were his own. He is a prime example of hiring "an attorney" and not a "firm". His business knowledge and aggressive approach kept us using him repeatedly.
Posted by William | November 26, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
RJ Cronkite
RJ was extremely helpful with guiding me in the right direction. He strongly suggested that I pursue my small claims law suit, and not just give up. He walked me through, step by step and was always available to advise me all the way through. He knew the law(s) that applied to my case and did not allow me to be disuaded by the defendants. RJ is an outstanding attorney of law with a mind set of ' justice will prevail'. I will definitely hire him for any future legal situations I may encounter. I will also recommend him to anyone that may need legal assistance without any hesitation. I believe RJ exemplifies what an outstanding lawyer is and raise's the bar to a level of excellence only few attorneys can hope to reach.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A difficult case with an outstanding outcome
I was involved in a wire fraud case and I hired Mr. RJ Cronkhite and Mike Cox who carefully reviewed a ton of details and made an excellent defense. The court process was slow and there were court delays so it took more than a year to get to the sentencing hearing, but that worked out the best and allowed RJ Cronkhite and Mike Cox to be fully prepared and prepare a great defense and written memorandums to the judge through out the whole process. Their experience and knowledge is superior and they truly worked to achieve the best outcome. They rehearsed possible questions the prosecutor may ask me and prepared me very well in advance. During the sentencing hearing the judge did all the talking and didn't follow what I anticipated to be going at the stand and answering the prosecutor's questions. The sentencing hearing and the 5 minutes recess prior to judge pronouncing the sentence was nerve racking to say the least. They tried to keep me calm and made the necessary defense comments to the judge, but I was about to die and was so nervous. They were able to achieve an outstanding result and the judge ruled with a probation sentence and a fine which was the best I could have expected in this case. I still don't know how they achieved the amazing outcome and I could have been sentenced to serve prison time. I am so grateful for their work and the outcome they achieved. I highly recommend them.
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Posted by Sara | August 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, dedicated and effective litigator
RJ assisted me with a contract dispute. When he took on my case he hit the ground running. I felt like I was his only client. He returned calls promptly, explained legal option in language that I ( a layperson) could understand. He was patient, and compassionate, but also "no nonsense". It became clear to me immediately that his professional strengths are in his impressive writing skills, and his thorough case law research. In court he demonstrated poise and effectively argued my case in front of the judge. I have known many attorneys throughout the years, but have rarely worked with an attorney that has so many areas of strength. RJ achieved a great result in my case! I was fortunate to have him represent me. Excellent litigator, competent attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2014
Professional, Honest, and Dedicated
RJ is professional, honest, and skilled. He has assisted us through muddy waters and has been a huge asset to our organization. His attention to detail and professionalism are two of the many qualities that set him apart from the rest. We would gladly hire him again when the opportunity presents itself.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Maddin Hauser
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Associate
  • The Mike Cox Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Tishkoff & Associates PLLC
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Legal Intern
  • New Mexico Supreme Court
  • 2009 - 2009
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  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007
  • Huron High School
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Upshur v. FCA US LLC and Andrew Haran
  • Summary Disposition In Favor Of FCA US LLC


  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section
  • Chair
  • 2019 - 2020
  • State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section
  • Governing Council Member
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Ones to Watch, Real Estate Law
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 2022
  • Ones to Watch, Corporate Law
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 2022
  • Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law - Management
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 2022
  • Ones to Watch, Real Estate Law
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 2021
  • Rising Star - Business Litigation
  • SuperLawyers®
  • 2021
  • Rising Star - Business Litigation
  • SuperLawyers®
  • 2020
  • Rising Star - Business Litigation
  • SuperLawyers®
  • 2019
  • Rising Star - Business Litigation
  • SuperLawyers®
  • 2018
  • Rising Star - Business Litigation
  • SuperLawyers®
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hungry Howie's Annual Franchisee Convention
  • OSHA - What You Must Know
  • 2017
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