Stanczyk chairs international product liability, complex torts practice group

Matthew J. Stanczyk, a partner of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms – recently became Chair of ALFA International’s Product Liability & Complex Torts (PL&CT) Practice Group.

A member of the firm’s Board of Directors, Stanczyk assumed the PL&CT Chair position at the conclusion of the group’s seminar in Marana, Arizona on Sept. 25-27. His term will expire in the fall of 2021.

“I’m extremely proud that my ALFA colleagues have trusted me with this leadership position,” said Stanczyk, who is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office. “We have an outstanding group that is focused on educating clients about these complex areas of litigation and to making a difference for the defense bar.”

The members of ALFA’s PL&CT Practice Group focus on the areas of general business counseling, litigation, mediation and arbitration, lobbying and legislation, product recalls and hearings, regulatory and licensing issues, warnings and labels, standards setting, public relations and media management, and trade association relations.

Founded in 1980, ALFA International is the premier network of independent law firms in the world with 150 member firms. ALFA’s 80 U.S. firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, and the consortium’s 70 international firms are located throughout Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Mexico and South America.

In addition to his involvement in ALFA International, Stanczyk serves as co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Tort & Litigation Practice Group, which focuses on a range of litigation issues, including product liability, complex torts, general liability, retail liability and foodservice and hospitality law.

A 1986 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan, Stanczyk is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Detroit Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (Negligence and Consumer Law sections), American Bar Association, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, among others.

In addition, Stanczyk is the recipient of such professional honors as Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating-AV Preeminent™, the Michigan Super Lawyer designation for product liability and selection by Dbusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in product liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Matthew Stanczyk as chair of ALFA International’s PL&CT Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski will discuss biometric data during Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress

Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s connected car working group, will be a featured speaker during the Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress from October 23-25, 2018 at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

She will participate in the Product Liability session (October 23, 2018) on the “Litigating Automated Vehicle Product Liability Cases: Tackling the Tough Issues” panel discussion and will be a keynote speaker at the Privacy and Cybersecurity session (October 24, 2018). The title of her keynote is, “Protecting Data Privacy including Bioprivacy) and the Liabilities if You Don’t.” Dukarski says that designing for various levels of autonomy and user experiences has led to an explosion of biometric data collection. Designing these technologies implicates a new moving target: bioprivacy. She will emphasize the importance for engineers and designers to take note of these trends to incorporate the proper protections mandated by law that will result in leaving a privacy-oriented fingerprint on the design.

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues: digital media, cybersecurity, infotainment, vehicle safety and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has negotiated contracts for autonomous vehicle components, reviewed contracts involving wireless updates to in-vehicle technology, assisted companies in achieving successful Petitions for Inconsequential Noncompliance with NHTSA and has addressed multiple vehicle component recalls. Dukarski has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group. She also has spearheaded the reporting efforts for two national data breaches and focuses on the threat vectors facing automotive component design.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski serves as Counsel to the OESA’s Product Development Council and has spoken on First Amendment issues ranging from newsgathering in the digital age to the impact of the FBI iPhone strategy. She has been a panelist at the North American International Auto Show for the last two years, covering a broad variety of legal concerns focused on the autonomous and connected car. She has appeared on several television programs, including Autoline and AutoBeat, and in many print interviews (including CIO Magazine, PC World, Bridge Magazine, Computer World and Automotive News) discussing automotive technology and its related legal issues.

Prior to joining Butzel, she gained automotive manufacturing and design experience as a result of high-level quality management and engineering positions. She has worked extensively on successful automotive product launches, managing vendors and Tier One manufacturing facilities. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, she applies her experience to create innovative approaches to the protection of IP assets and disruptive technology.

Dukarski has experience with field recalls and was a representative to the University of Michigan’s CIREN (Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network) and UMPIRE (University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education). Working as a design engineer, she received multiple Record of Invention Awards for contributions to patents and trade secrets.

Notably, Dukarski has attained the distinction of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior member status, the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.

Further, she was named a “2016 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She also is among Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and DBusiness “Top Lawyers.” She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Vehicle Technology Society Treasurer and serves as a Working Group member with IEEE PAR 1912 (Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices) which is focused on setting standards for privacy and security protocols. She also coaches and mentors’ women engineers.

At the same time, she is a co-Chair of the Women in Communication Law committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Communications Law and serves on the Forum’s Governing Committee. Moreover, Dukarski is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program, teaching Intellectual Property at Baker College.

She is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She’s also a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering and Science, (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1996).


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Stanczyk to Chair International Product Liability Seminar

Plunkett Cooney partner and product liability attorney Matthew J. Stanczyk will chair the ALFA International Product Liability & Complex Torts Practice Group (PLCT) Seminar on Oct. 4 – 6.

The seminar, titled: “When Legal Nightmares Become Reality,” will take place at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta (Santa Barbara), California. It will feature national and international speakers who will address a range of issues from crisis management and cybersecurity, to investigative technology, to defense of recalled products and much more.

“This event has been a year in the making and has one unique feature of a fact pattern running through the entire seminar” said Stanczyk, who also serves as the Product Liability Practice Group Leader at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms. “The ALFA PLCT practice group membership is a virtual who’s who in product liability work across the country so I was honored to be chosen to lead this seminar. I had a vision right off the bat of the framework and theme, but it took the tremendous hard work of the ALFA attorney and client panel members, our steering committee, client advisory board and ALFA staff to make it reality. We are all extremely excited to see the end results.”

In his role as the PLCT program chair, Stanczyk is responsible for many aspects of the seminar, including location, creating various deadlines, development of the fact pattern, roughing out many topics, participating in selection of speakers, approving client attendees, approving social activities, review of written material and power points and a variety of other items necessary for the event. Following this event, Matt will take over the role of Vice Chair of the practice group and in 2019 will become its Chair.

ALFA International is the premier network of independent law firms. Founded in 1980, ALFA International was the first and continues to be one of the largest and strongest legal networks. It has 150 member firms throughout the world, and the 80 American firms represent 95 of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. The organization’s 70 international firms are located throughout Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Mexico and South America.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s board of directors, Stanczyk concentrates his practice in various areas of complex litigation, including toxic torts, product liability, fire-related litigation, construction litigation and commercial warranty litigation. His clients include product manufacturers, general contractors, construction managers, transportation firms, property restoration and remediation firms, commercial property owners and managers with matters in Michigan and Ohio state and federal courts.

Stanczyk, who received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1986, is admitted to practice in state and/or federal courts in Michigan and Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1983. In addition to his involvement with ALFA International, Stanczyk is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan and the American bar associations, the Negligence and Consumer Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan, the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, the North American Society of Scaffold Professionals, the Scaffold Industry Association and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar.


For over a century, Plunkett Cooney has been a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

Plunkett Cooney has developed a reputation as one of the Midwest’s premier product liability defense firms, effectively representing product manufacturers and distributors across numerous industries. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience dealing with the range of business issues faced by product manufacturers and distributors, such as risk management and loss prevention, warning development, product marketing and distributor agreements, regulatory compliance, document retention and supply chain claims among others.

For more information about Matthew J. Stanczyk’s role as program chair of the upcoming ALFA International PLCT seminar, contact Plunkett Cooney’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.