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Admitted to practice in Michigan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
J.D., cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, 1996
B.A., cum laude, Michigan State University, 1992
State Bar of Michigan
Milton (Mel) Karfis is a Member in the Litigation Practice Group in Clark Hill’s Detroit office. Mel specializes in product liability matters and serves as national counsel for numerous companies in different fields throughout the United States.
Mel has successfully defended clients in products liability matters in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products, including, but not limited to: airplanes, asbestos, automated doors, automobiles, bicycles, boats, boilers, office chairs, furniture, child car seats, compactors, conveyor lines, directional boring machines, flammable fabrics, flammable liquids, garbage trucks, gasoline fuel dispensers, gasoline nozzles, guns, hair care products, helmets, industrial chemicals, industrial machinery of all types, industrial paint lines, kerosene heaters, lawn mowers, power presses, radiant heaters, robotic equipment, rope/cables, semi trucks, sludge pumps, snow blowers, snowmobiles, treestands, water heaters, and windows.
Mel also specializes in representing product manufacturers and retailers in hunting product cases, especially treestands, guns and bows, crossbows, arrows, and safety harnesses. As a specialist in complex product liability cases, Mel has handled matters throughout the country, including: Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maine, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Montana, Arizona, and Washington. As lead trial counsel, Mel has successfully represented client’s interests throughout the country in state and federal courts. As a trial and appellate attorney, Mel has also briefed and/or argued in the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
While obtaining his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, Mel was a member of the varsity soccer team. Mel received the Michigan State University Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award four consecutive years.
Mel’s interests include soccer, golf and running.