Kerry Lynn Rhoads is a Shareholder in the firm's Michigan office. Ms. Rhoads is an experienced litigator who serves clients at both the state and federal levels. She practices in the areas of first and third-party automobile defense, insurance coverage and fraud, employment litigation, civil rights defense, professional and product liability, errors and omissions and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. This array of knowledge has led to her serving as trial and appellate counsel for her clients. Ms. Rhoads is also active with her clients on an ongoing basis, providing consultation on pre-litigated matters, assisting with risk management, and presenting seminars on pressing topics.
Ms. Rhoads successfully represents her clients at all stages of litigation, including court appearances, depositions, facilitation, trial and appeals, and has represented a wide range of entities, both public and private. She currently serves on the firm's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
- Appointed Case Evaluator in Wayne County, Oakland County; Oakland County District Courts and as Special Defense Panelist for No-Fault cases
- Recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer (a designation limited to less than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Michigan), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community, 2018-2021
- Appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee, 2019-2022
- Appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Civil Procedure and Courts Committee
- Appointed to the Detroit Bar Association Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee
- Appointed to the State Bar of Michigan District I Character and Fitness Committee
- Judge, 2017 National Trial Competition, Regional Competition, sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Law and the Texas Young Lawyers Association
- Judge, 2009 National Trial Competition, Regional Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyer's Association
- Judge, 2008 National Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the Michigan State University College of Law
Professional & Civic Involvement
- Defense Research Institute
- Detroit Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee
- H.E.L.P. Program
- Member, State Bar of Michigan
- Member, Michigan State Bar Association, Insurance and Indemnity Law Section
- Member, Michigan State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
- Author and Member, Michigan State Bar Association, Negligence Section
- Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
- Member, Oakland County Bar Association
- Oakland County Free Legal Aid Clinic
- Member, Ohio Bar Association
- Obtained dismissal of an Michigan Department of Civil Rights claim involving allegations of disability discrimination against nonprofit corporation
- Received summary disposition on behalf of premises owner in a general negligence claim where Plaintiff sought $500,000 at mediation.
- After appeal by Plaintiff, obtained summary judgment and award of attorney fees and costs on behalf of a mortgage broker who was sued by a wholesale lender in commercial dispute.
- Achieved dismissal of $100,000+ breach of contract claim involving a services contract.
- Obtained dismissal of an EEOC/Michigan Department of Civil Rights claim involving allegations of race discrimination against mental health provider.
- Recently obtained summary disposition and an award of costs and fees from a third party for a commercial transportation client on a case with a seven figure demand.
- Obtained dismissal of an EEOC/Michigan Department of Civil Rights claim involving allegations of disability discrimination and HIPAA violation against mental health provider.
- Obtained dismissal of an EEOC/Michigan Department of Civil Rights claim involving allegations of race and disability discrimination on behalf of a medical facility.
- Obtained summary disposition in UCC/Warranty/Magnuson Moss/Consumer Protection Act matter on behalf of an automobile company supplier.
- Obtained $0 case evaluation awards in UCC/Warranty/Magnuson Moss/Consumer Protection Act matters on behalf of an automobile company supplier on two separate occasions.
- Obtained a $0 case evaluation award on behalf of a commercial client in a commercial negligence matter.
- Obtained dismissal of a Michigan Department of Civil Rights/EEOC complaint involving allegations of race discrimination against a machine shop.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a client in a transportation negligence action.
- Successfully represented various employers, including union shops, in EEOC claims involving allegations of age, race and disability discrimination.
- Counsels a major nonprofit charitable organization on employment law and professional liability matters.
- Obtained defense verdict in transportation negligence case where plaintiff asked for $600,000.
- Has successfully handled numerous appellate matters, including briefing and oral arguments before the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Federal 6th Circuit.
Published Appellate Opinions
Perez v. Oakland County, 466 F.3d 416 (6th Cir. 2006)
- Kerry Lynn Rhoads Successfully Defends Client in Michigan Auto Liability Case Using Threshold Defense9.29.20
- Kerry Lynn Rhoads Successfully Defends Insurance Company in Coverage Dispute in Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals6.11.20
- Segal McCambridge Congratulates the 23 Attorneys Selected to the 2020 Leading and Emerging Lawyers Lists1.24.20
- Kerry Lynn Rhoads Successfully Defends Insurance Company in Coverage Dispute in Eastern District of Michigan6.11.19
- Segal McCambridge Attorneys David Yates and Kerry Lynn Rhoads Gain Summary Disposition in a High Damages Transportation Case4.18.12
- DRI's Construction Litigation Desk Reference, with Segal McCambridge-Authored Michigan Chapter, Now Ready for Pre-Order2.3.10
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society Symposium, September 2005
Articles & Publications
Construction Litigation Desk Reference, Michigan chapter, Defense Research Institute’s Defense Library Series, August 2014
Construction Litigation Desk Reference, Michigan chapter, Defense Research Institute's Defense Library Series, February 2010
Wayne State University, J.D., cum laude, 1996
Michigan State University, B.A., with Honors, 1993
- Michigan, 1996
- Ohio, 2011
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2005
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2010
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2011