John E. Benko

Member;
Detroit
E: jbenko@mcdonaldhopkins.com
P: 248.220.1352

John has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and contract litigation in which he specializes in the automotive and construction industries. In addition to acting as outside general counsel to automotive suppliers, John has represented Tier I and Tier II automotive suppliers in a wide range of legal matters, including tooling disputes, recall litigation, and supplier disputes regarding commodity pricing and other commercial terms.

John works directly with multiple automotive clients’ purchasing departments to provide real time advice on supply disputes before they become unresolvable. John’s comprehensive knowledge of the automotive industry has been gained through experience in practically every aspect of the supply chain contracting and dispute practice, including:

  • Drafting and reviewing automotive contracts and terms and conditions
  • Counseling clients on the risks and proper positioning for potential disputes
  • Handling supply chain litigation

In the construction industry, John has represented numerous contractors in disputes with owners and governmental entities. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in Michigan, and represents clients in other jurisdictions around the country.  While John manages many types of construction disputes, his primary focus is on heavy underground construction and claims and defenses related to such projects.

John earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998. He received a B.A. from Central Michigan University in 1993.

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