Jody L. Aaron

Jody L. Aaron

Litigation Attorney
Location:
Detroit, Michigan
Phone:
313-447-0634
866-585-1076
Fax:
313-961-5985
Email:

“I was searching for something that would allow me to give voice to people who needed a hand fighting their battles and the law found me.” Jody Aaron.

Jody Aaron is an associate with McKeen & Associates. Jody has been practicing law since 1982, and during that time has devoted her career to representing those injured by the negligence of others, particularly in the area of medical malpractice.

Jody rejoined the firm in 2019, after practicing with the firm for several years until 2012. During her time with the firm Jody has been involved in several cases resulting in multi-million verdicts and settlements. Her most significant cases involved birth trauma injuries and delays in cancer diagnoses.

Jody is an a/v-rated Martindale Hubbell attorney who has been recognized with several distinctions including the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Respected Advocate Award; Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law Top 20; Detroit Business Top Lawyers; Best Lawyers in Michigan; Best Women Attorneys in Michigan; and is a perennial Super Lawyers awardee.

Jody is extremely active in legal professional associations. She is a current executive board member and president of Michigan Association for Justice Women’s Caucus. She also sits on the board The American Association for Justice Women’s Caucus and the American Inn of Court, Oakland County. She is past chair of the Medical/Legal Committee and the Case Evaluation Committee for the Oakland County Bar Association; past vice chair of Medical/Legal Sub-committee and Circuit Court Committee for the Oakland County Bar Association and is an active member in Oakland County Bar Association and Detroit Bar Association.

Jody is a mediator in the General Negligence and Medical Malpractice Designation for the Oakland County Circuit Court and a program director for Wayne State University Medical Law and Medicine Program. She is frequent guest speaker and moderator for professional associations and universities.

 She is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Jody was a special education teacher for developmentally challenged middle school students in the Ann Arbor School District.

When she is not practicing law, Jody’s favorite pastime is spending time with her family at their cottage in Lewiston, where she enjoys bird watching, fishing and hiking.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Other Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2014

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan - 1982
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Review: Wayne State Law Review, 1980 - 1982
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    • B.S.
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Special Education

Published Works

  • "Death Over-The-Counter: Danger of Ephedrine", Trial, December, 1997
  • "Liability for Independent Medical Examination" (Co-Author with R. Levine, M.D), Oakland County Medial Society Bulletin, May, 1990
  • "Litigation Legal Malpractice Claims - The Plaintiff's Perspective", Mich. B. J., Vol. 56, No. 6, p. 538 - 541
  • "Liability for Failure to Report Suspected Child Abuse", 28 Wayne L. Rev. 183, 1981

Representative Cases

  • Handled cases in the State and Federal Courts of most Jurisdictions in the State of Michigan and has been involved in securing several settlements and verdicts of a million dollars or more during each the years that she has been practicing law in Michigan

Classes/Seminars

  • Program Director — Wayne State University Medical School Law & Medicine Program, 2014 to present ° Presenter — MDTC 2018 Winter Meeting — “Preparing to Tell Your Story at Trial; November 9,2018 "Medical Malpractice Cases -- Reformed Again: Update on Michigan's New Public Act 78", The Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • "After the Accident: Establishing and Defending Highway Defect Claims", The Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Moderator, Case Evaluation Recertification, Oakland County Bar Association, 2004 - 2008
  • Guest Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Program, University of Michigan Law School, 1999 - 2008
  • Litigation Legal Malpractice Claims - The Plaintiff's Perspective", Mich. B. J., Vol. 56, No. 6, p. 538-541 eWayne State Law Review, Wayne State University Law School, 1980 - 1982
  • " Liability for Failure to Report Suspected Child Abuse", 28 Wayne L. Rev. 183, 1981
  • " Liability Issues in Sonography", Glass City Sonographer's Society, Toledo, Ohio, November 18, 1987 " Liability for Independent Medical Examination" (Co-Author with R. Levine, M.D), Oakland County Medical Society Bulletin, May, 1990
  • "Avoiding Malpractice in General Medical Practice", Detroit Riverview Hospital, Medical Liability & Asset Protection Seminar, 1991
  • Moderator, Detroit Sessions, August 22, 1994
  • "Death Over-The-Counter: Danger of Ephedrine", Trial, December, 1997
  • *Moderator, Case Evaluation Recertification, Oakland County Bar Association, 2002
  • *Due Process Panel Member, "HIPAA: Issues Affecting Patients", July 29, 2003
  • "Advanced Issues in Medical Malpractice", National Business Institute, May 5, 2003
  • "Developments in the Law of Medical Malpractice", State of the Law Day, Oakland County Bar Association, 2003
  • "Developments in the Law of Medical Malpractice", State of the Law Day, Oakland County Bar Association, 2004
  • "Developments in the Law of Medical Malpractice", State of the Law Day, Oakland County Bar Association, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell 1998 to present
  • Selected Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law Top 20 — Class of 2016 Selected Detroit Business Top Lawyers — Plaintiff Medical Malpractice Selected Best Lawyers in Michigan
  • Selected Best Women Attorneys in Michgian — Plaintiff Medical Malpractice Super Lawyers 2009 - present
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America©.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Executive Board, State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section, 2003- Chair 2014-2015
  • Board of Directors, American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter, 2002 — Present; Master & Emeritus Member, American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter, 1996 - Present
  • Member, American Association for Justice; Member Women’s Caucus; Executive Board 2017-present; Chairperson 2019-2020
  • Member, Negligence Committee, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, Case Evaluation Committee, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member, Advisory Council for the Membership Committee, Oakland County Bar Association, Chair, Medical/Legal Committee, Oakland County Bar Association, 2003 - 2004
  • Chair, Medical/Legal Committee, Oakland County Bar Association, 1995 - 1996 eMember, Oakland County Bar Association
  • • Member, Circuit Court Committee, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Case Evaluation Subcommittee, Oakland County Bar Association Member, Detroit Bar Association
  • Oakland County Circuit Court, Mediator, General Negligence and Medical Malpractice Designation, 1995 - Present
  • Member, Programming Committee, American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter, 2003 Vice-Chair, Medical Legal Sub-Committee, Oakland County Bar Association, 2003
  • Vice Chair, Circuit Court Committee, Oakland County Bar Association, 2003