J. A. Cragwall Jr.

Partner | jcragwall@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF Grand RapidsT 616.752.2123F 616.222.2123 Jay Cragwall represents businesses and individuals in civil litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including acquisition and business control disputes, federal taxation, First Amendment and other complex commercial cases. Jay heads up the firm's National Business Litigation Counsel team for Whirlpool Corporation. He is also the firm's General Counsel.

Jay Cragwall represents businesses and individuals in civil litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including acquisition and business control disputes, federal taxation, First Amendment and other complex commercial cases. Jay heads up the firm's National Business Litigation Counsel team for Whirlpool Corporation. He is also the firm's General Counsel.

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Experience

  • LG Electronics USA, Inc. v. Whirlpool Corporation (favorable jury verdict in $85 million federal false advertising trial)
  • Steelcase Inc. v. United States (successful prosecution of multimillion-dollar income tax case)
  • In re Trade Partners, Inc. (lead counsel for bank in federal receivership, class action and cases pending in several states arising out of failure of viatical firm; portfolio in excess of $200 million)
  • Lappo v. Commissioner (trial counsel in major family limited partnership valuation case)
  • ADBA v. Northfield Insurance Co. (insurance coverage case presenting issues never before ruled upon in Michigan)
  • Alizac Partners v. Rospatch Corporation (successful defense of securities fraud claim)
  • Bomarko v. Hemodynamics, Inc., et al., (lead counsel in securities fraud case)
  • Gast v. IDEX Corporation (trial counsel case involving accuracy of warranties in merger transaction)
  • Gray v. The Zondervan Corporation (successful defense of tender offer against securities fraud and fiduciary duty challenges brought in class action)
  • Kantor v. The Zondervan Corporation (lead defense counsel in securities fraud class action; favorable settlement reached)
    Monroe Mall Limited Partnership v. Sheppard (successful prosecution of emergency mandatory injunction case, resulting in favorable final judgment eight days after filing of complaint)

Military Service

United States Army—Military Intelligence (1969-1972)

Industries

Practices

Education

  • Vanderbilt University J.D. 1975 with first honors
  • Wabash College A.B. 1969 summa cum laude

Admitted

  • 1975, Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Grand Rapids Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year
  • Named BTI Client Service All-Star for business litigation, February 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-First Amendment, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Securities, 1991-Present
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-Present
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2008  
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Order of the Coif
  • Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1974-75
  • Founder's Medalist for First Honors in Law
  • Winner, Robert F. Jackson Memorial Prize
  • Recipient of the Archie B. Martin Medal for Scholarship
  • Recipient of Patrick Wilson Merit Scholarship
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
    Life Member

Languages

  • Spanish

Publications

Blog Posts

Community Affiliations

  • United Way Schools of Hope
    Jay tutors inner-city elementary students in reading

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