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Sidney A. Klingler 
Partner
Appellate Practice Group

Troy
Phone: (248) 851-9500, Ext. 2446
Direct Phone: (248) 539-2836
Fax: (248) 251-1829
Email: sklingler@secrestwardle.com

 

Sidney A. Klingler graduated from Wayne State University Law School in May 1987, cum laude, where she received the Mark W. Johnson Award for best brief in the Neef competition and a bronze key for academic achievement. Ms. Klingler is a member of the Wayne State University chapter of the Order of the Coif, recognizing law students who have attained a high grade of scholarship. Ms. Klingler received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.  Ms. Klingler served as law clerk to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Patricia J. Boyle from 1989 to 1991. 

 

Ms. Klingler is well-versed in the processes involved in working within the Michigan Court of Appeals through both her appellate practice and her previous employment with the Court.  Prior to becoming a member of the Secrest Wardle Appellate Practice Group, Sidney Klingler held a research position with the Court of Appeals for eight years.  She prepared research reports for the judges recommending disposition of appeals in an extensive range of matters, including product liability.  Her vast experience in this area includes research and writing responsibilities in a complex commercial warranties case against the Kodak Corporation, in which a rare settlement with Kodak was obtained.  The case involved a commercial printing system.  In addition, Ms. Klingler has handled numerous appeals involving such issues as defense of directed verdicts in a toxic tort claim, employment law, no fault priority and various other no fault issues, mediation sanctions, evidentiary issues and premises liability. 

 

Ms. Klingler is a member of the bar for the U.S. District Court (Eastern District), the U.S. District Court (Western District), the U.S. Court of Appeals (Sixth Circuit) and the United States Supreme Court. She has practiced at all levels of the Michigan Courts, with numerous successful appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals in areas as diverse as employment law, governmental immunity, asbestos liability, and construction liability. 

 

Significant Cases:

 

Ace American Ins Co, et al. v Schad Boiler Setting Company, Inc., et al.

                In a product liability case involving the failure of an aluminum melting furnace, prepared a dispositive motion addressing claims of defective design and manufacture and implied warranties. 

 

Town & Country Salida, Inc. v Dealer Computer Services, Inc.

                Successfully moved in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for vacation of an arbitration award in excess of $1,250,000; defended and argued appeal in Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in affirmance of Order vacating arbitration award.

 

Hill v Sears Roebuck, et al.

                In Michigan Court of Appeals, briefed and argued case involving application of Fultz doctrine to independent contractors who installed dryer.  Briefed case in Michigan Supreme Court, resulting in landmark decision finding that contractors owed no duty to homeowners to detect and/or remedy uncapped gas line.

 

Kincaid v Croskey, et al.

                Persuaded Court of Appeals to grant leave to appeal discovery order allowing discovery of retained experts’ financial documents.  On appeal, Court of Appeals found that the trial court erred in ordering discovery of financial records and reversed order of the trial court.

 

Garrison v Hancock Fabrics

                In application for leave to appeal to Michigan Court of Appeals, argued case was barred by statute of limitations and persuaded Court to peremptorily reverse trial court’s Order reinstating case following stay for bankruptcy.

 

Spokojny v City of Inkster, et al.

                In a reverse race discrimination case involving multiple issues and extensive documentary record, prepared dispositive motion resulting in summary judgment for City and mayor of Inkster.

 

Hamilton v City of Inkster

                In a case involving First Amendment retaliation claim argued in Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, defended against certiorari petition. 

 

 

 

 


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