Jeena Patel

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Vice President, General Counsel

Jeena is a member of the firm’s Automotive and Litigation practice groups and specializes in automotive supplier and commercial contract disputes. She has substantial experience in supply chain dispute resolution and has successfully represented suppliers in various supply chain matters, including automotive resourcing actions, pricing disputes, breach of warranty claims, terms and conditions disputes and injunction actions.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented numerous automotive suppliers in preliminary injunction actions, often preventing potentially catastrophic shutdown of original equipment manufacturers
  • Represented Tier 1 automotive supplier in multimillion-dollar action for alleged improper termination of its contracts with Tier 2 supplier, favorably settling the matter before trial
  • Second-chaired trial involving a dispute between a Tier 1 and a Tier 2 supplier as to whether the nature of their contractual relationship was that of a requirements contract or a series of individual contracts
  • Assisted in obtaining $1.5 million judgment for manufacturer of rolled aluminum products, defeating defendant’s claim that the parties had a requirements contract allowing defendant to setoff damages - Aleris Aluminum Canada LP v. Valeo, Inc., 718 F. Supp. 2d 825 (E.D. Mich. 2010)
  • Represented manufacturer of child seats in multimillion-dollar breach of warranty action
  • Represented an automotive financing company in a Fifth Amendment due process action against the District of Columbia, obtaining a very favorable settlement through facilitation
  • Obtained dismissal of fraud and breach of contract claims made against automotive financing company for allegedly failing to disclose certain defects in vehicle purchased by plaintiff
  • Represented several automotive suppliers in automotive resourcing/improper termination actions
  • Provides training to supplier clients in best practices in automotive contracting
  • Regularly assists clients in analyzing terms and conditions and negotiating favorable commercial contracts
  • Successfully briefed and argued numerous dispositive and other motions in state and federal courts throughout Michigan

Publications

  • Non­Disclosure Agreements – More Complicated Than You Might Think, 6/6/2014
  • GM Revises Controversial Purchasing Terms, 2/21/2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) Young Leadership Council (2013-Present)

Community Affiliations

  • Inforum - a Professional Women's Alliance Executive Leadership Program Graduate (2012); Member (2012-Present)

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan

Speaking Engagements

  • “Warranty and Recall Issues – Minimizing Your Exposure,” OESA Sales and Marketing Council, December 4, 2014
  • "Protecting Your IP Rights through Smart Contracting," presented at OESA Seminar: Intellectual Property Best Practices: Protecting and Strengthening Your Competitive Advantage, Troy, Michigan, June 11, 2014
  • "Commercial and Legal Topics: Top Issues for 2014 and the Supplier Angle," OESA /SCAC Supplier Meeting: Expanding Supplier Opportunities, Greenville, South Carolina, May 15, 2014
  • "The New GM Terms and Conditions: Congratulations on Becoming a Bank and an Insurance Company," OESA Sales and Marketing Council, MSU Management Center in Troy, Michigan, September 5, 2013
  • “Key Contracting Principles,” presentation at WNJ Automotive Legal Summit, June 13, 2013
  • “Key Growth Challenges for Automotive Parts Suppliers,” Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association Annual Conference, June 6, 2013, Windsor, Ontario
  • "Negotiations: Strategies and Tactics," presentation at WNJ Automotive Legal Summit, March 6, 2012