John W. Crimando, Esq.

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Phone: (586) 493-6833
Fax: (586) 493-6883

I have been trying cases since I got my license in 1980. I have litigated everything from landlord-tenant disputes in local courts to mass tort cases in state and federal courts all over the country. I have tried asbestos cases to verdict. I also have many years of experience as a National Coordinating Counsel for asbestos claims. That work requires involvement at every stage of the litigation — from factual development of the product involved, to investigation and discovery, to expert retention, to negotiation and settlement, to focus groups and mock juries, through trial. I’ve learned a lot about trying cases and I’ve learned a lot about myself. I consider responsibility to be the single most important characteristic that a trial lawyer can possess. I will take responsibility for our case.

It was in 1983 that I began working for a firm that specialized in the defense of people and companies being sued by people with injuries. I learned to defend every manner of personal injury claim, from slip-and-fall to products liability to medical malpractice. It was in the products liability and medical malpractice arenas that I learned the importance of studying the science — and learning it in a way that will help the jury understand it, too.

Areas of Emphasis

Litigation and Trial of

  • Toxic Torts
  • Product Liability Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Complex Litigation

Professional Experience

  • Crimando & Cleland, P.C.
    Partner, 2007 – Present
  • Martin, Bacon & Martin, PC
    Principal, 1990 – 2006
    Associate, 1983 – 1990
  • Macomb County
    Assistant Prosecutor, 1983
  • General Practice
    1980 – 1982

Legal Highlights

  • Has tried nearly 50 cases to jury verdict
  • Managing Attorney on National Trial Teams resulting in Pro Hac Vice admissions in several states
  • Managing mass tort claims on National, Regional and State levels
  • Appearances in the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1980
  • Michigan State University, B.A., cum laude, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1980
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1980
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 1998
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 1985


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates


Married to Kathie since 1976; three grown children: Charlie, Derek and Kelsey; 4 adorable grandchildren: Clara, Stella, Eliza and Ruby.

Interests: Spending time with family and friends.

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