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Jay M. Berger

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Jay M. Berger represents clients in the automotive, manufacturing, construction, and distribution industries where he resolves complex business disputes for companies and their owners.

Jay resolves complex business disputes for companies and their owners. While Jay seeks to identify risk and to resolve issues quickly and efficiently for his clients, he has also successfully litigated cases to verdict in both federal and state courts and arbitration. Jay has litigated business and related disputes throughout the country and internationally.

Jay’s clients include those in the automotive, manufacturing, construction, and distribution industries. He is also called upon to spearhead complex litigation in other areas, including being appointed to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Flint water litigation.

In addition to litigation, Jay advises businesses in a general counsel role, drawing upon the wealth of resources at Clark Hill to provide guidance and advice to companies that may not have grown large enough to employ their own internal counsel.


J.D., magna cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 1999
B.A., with High Honors, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1996


Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation (2024); Construction Law (2018-2024) by Best Lawyers

Named a Leading Lawyer in Detroit by Leading Lawyers℠ (2014-2024)

Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2008-2020)


American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry)

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (Construction Task Force)

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Large-scale automotive warranty recovery, distressed supplier, and stop-shipment disputes.
  • Construction defect, delay, disruption, acceleration, and unforeseen site condition claims, including extensive work in surety, lien, and insurance law.
  • Purchase agreement buyout disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, and minority shareholder oppression claims.
  • Mass tort, class action, and multi-district litigation.