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Curriculum_Vitae

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Curriculum_Vitae

  1. 1. CURRICULUM VITAE Kimberlee A. Hillock 333 Albert Avenue, Suite 500 East Lansing, MI 48823 EDUCATION: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI Juris Doctor, May 2002 Class Rank: 132 GPA: 3.56 on 4.0 scale Awards: Magna Cum Laude; Certificates of Merit in: Property, Federal Civil Procedure, Research and Writing, Tax, Tax Fraud, and Zoning and Planning; Dean's List; Honor Roll Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, May 1997 Awards: Graduated with Highest Distinction EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: January 2009 to Present SHAREHOLDER, CO-CHAIRPERSON OF APPELLATE PRACTICE GROUP Willingham & Coté, P.C., East Lansing, MI 48823 August 2006 to January 2009 JUDICIAL CLERK FOR CHIEF JUSTICE CLIFFORD W. TAYLOR Michigan Supreme Court, Lansing, MI 2005 to January 2009 GRADING ASSISTANT, RESEARCH AND WRITING Thomas M Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI May 2004 to August 2006 JUDICIAL CLERK FOR JUDGE DONALD S. OWENS Michigan Court of Appeals, Lansing, MI January 2003 to May 2004 PREHEARING ATTORNEY Michigan Court of Appeals, Lansing, MI January 2002 to April 2002 LEGAL EXTERN (UNPAID POSITION) Hubbard, Fox, Thomas, White & Bengtson, Lansing, MI 1997 to 2002 INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR Rescom Environmental, Lansing, MI Researched zoning, regulatory, and environmental compliance issues in other states for telecommunications clients 1995 to 1997 PROJECT COORDINATOR Traverse Bay Group, Traverse City, MI Coordinated acquisition, zoning, environmental compliance, and other regulatory compliance efforts for telecommunications clients. 1994 to 1995 TITLE RESEARCHER Mar-Tec Acquisitions, Traverse City, MI Researched chains of title for oil and gas companies. 1991 to 1994 PROJECT DIRECTOR IOLTA Information Services, Traverse City, MI Contractor for the State Bar of Michigan. 1988 to 1991 MILITARY POLICEMAN
  2. 2. United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, CA; Camp LeJeune, NC; Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan; Lackland AFB, TX; Parris Island, SC PARTICIPATION IN APPELLATE DECISIONS: Willingham & Coté Cases Won on Appeal (2009 to present): Instrumental in securing favorable appellate results for the firm’s clients in the following cases: · Farm Bureau v Holstine, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued September 2, 2014 (Docket No. 314652) · Fox v Knoblock Riding Stables, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued August 28, 2014 (Docket No. 316058) · Kimball v Kimball, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued July 29, 2014 (Docket No. 319862) · Windsor v Dings Excavating, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued July 28, 2014 (Docket No. 320819) · Auto-Owners Ins Co v Wiegmann, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued May 15, 2014 (Docket No. 314118) · Carson v Home Owners Ins Co, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued April 15, 2014 (Docket No. 308291), lv den September 29, 2014 · Ford v Auto-Owners Ins Co, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued October 17, 2013 (Docket No. 311909), lv den March 28, 2014. · Silva v CH2M Hill, Inc, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued October 15, 2013 (Docket No. 307699), lv den March 28, 2014. · LaLone v Riedstra Dairy Ltd, Unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued August 13, 2013 (Docket No. 308207), lv den December 23, 2013. · Admire v Auto-Owners Ins Co, 494 Mich 10; 831 NW2d 849 (2013). · Carolyn House v Farm Bureau Mut Ins Co, Unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued February 5, 2013 (Docket No. 301152). · Bronson Methodist Hosp v Home-Owners Ins Co, 295 Mich App 431; 814 NW2d 670 (2012), lv den 493 Mich 880 (2012). · Auto-Owners Ins Co v Nenoff, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued November 20, 2012 (Docket No. 300301). · Spectrum Health Hosp v Farm Bureau Mut Ins Co, 492 Mich 503; 821 NW2d 117 (2012) · Schneider Fabrication Inc v B R R Inc, Unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued October 11, 2012 (Docket No. 305818) · Home-Owners Ins Co v Virgie Downs, Unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued July 10, 2012 (Docket No. 301105), lv den 493 Mich 925 (2013) · Estate of Esmer v Home-Owners Ins Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued Feb 23, 2012 (Docket No. 301675), lv den 492 Mich 866 (2012) · Home-Owners Ins Co v Leikert, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued Jan 26, 2012 (Docket No. 302571) · Nolan v Auto-Owners Ins Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued Nov 22, 2011 (Docket No. 300106), lv den 491 Mich 944 (2012) · Keusch v Farm Bureau Ins Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued Aug 30, 2011 (Docket No. 297642) · Beaudette v Auto-Owners Ins Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Court of Appeals, issued May 10, 2011 (Docket No. 295939), lv den 490 Mich 892 (2011) · Farm Bureau Gen Ins Co v MCCA, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of the Court of Appeals, issued Dec 21, 2010 (Docket No. 293747) · Couture v Farm Bureau Gen Ins Co, 485 Mich 1038 (2010) · Granger Land Dev Co v Dep't of Treasury, 286 Mich App 601 (2009), lv den 487 Mich 853 (2010) Willingham & Coté Amicus Briefs Written on Appeal (2009 to present): Assisted in drafting amicus briefs in the following cases: · Furr v McLeod, 304 Mich App 677 (2014) · Ile v Foremost Ins Co, 293 Mich App 309 (2011), Rev’d 493 Mich 915 (2012) · Johnson v Recca, 492 Mich 169; 821 NW2d 520 (2012) 2
  3. 3. · Citizens for the Protection of Auto No-Fault v Michigan Catastrophic Claims Ass’n, Court of Appeals Docket No. 314118 3
  4. 4. Willingham & Coté Cases Currently Pending on Appeal: · Auto-Owners v Olympia Entertainment, Inc, Court of Appeals Docket Nos. 315891, 315901, 316511 · Hempel v Farm Bureau, Court of Appeals Docket No. 316483 · Oostdyk v Auto-Owners Ins Co, Court of Appeals Docket No. 317221 · Lenk v Frankenmuth Mut Ins Co, Court of Appeals Docket No. 317014 · Lakeland Hosp v Auto-Owners Ins Co, Court of Appeals Docket No. 318440 · Farm Bureau v Walsh, Court of Appeals Docket No. 317505 · Walega v Farm Bureau, Court of Appeals Docket No. 321721 · Auto-Owners Ins Co v Nyhof, Court of Appeals Docket No. 320256 · Auto-Owners Ins Co v Allstate Ins Co, Court of Appeals Docket No. 321638 · Farm Bureau Gen Ins Co v Hare Court of Appeals Docket Nos. 320710, 320771 · Auto-Owners Ins Co v Yahia Motan, Court of Appeals Docket No. 321059 · Auto-Owners Ins Co v Morse, Court of Appeals Docket No. 322635 · Bronson v Home-Owners Ins Co, Court of Appeals Docket No. 321908 · Gallagher v Northland Farms, Court of Appeals Docket No. 321976 · Home-Owners Ins Co v Brown, Court of Appeals Docket No. 322243 · Farm Bureau v Blue Cross Blue Shield, Court of Appeals Docket No. 322423 · Home Owners Ins Co v Smith, Court of Appeals Docket No. 322694 · Farm Bureau v Lewis, Court of Appeals Docket No. 322738 · Hempel v Farm Bureau, Court of Appeals Docket Nos. 322911, 323002 · Home-Owners v Turner, Court of Appeals Docket No. 323726 Michigan Supreme Court under Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor (2006 to 2008): Reviewed commissioner reports on applications for leave to appeal to determine whether jurisprudentially significant issues warranted granting leave. Prepared "pre-oral memoranda" regarding cases on oral argument that summarized the parties' arguments and applicable law, and recommended resolution. After oral argument, participated in drafting the following decisions: · Moore v Secura Ins, 482 Mich 507; 759 NW2d 833 (2008) · Sciotti v 36th Dist Court, 482 Mich 1143; 758 NW2d 289 (2008) · Brackett v Focus Hope, Inc, 482 Mich 269; 753 NW2d 207 (2008) · White v Taylor Distribution Co, 482 Mich 136; 753 NW2d 591 (2008) · Romain v Frankenmuth Mut. Ins Co, 754 NW2d 257 (2008) · People v Gardner, 482 Mich 41; 753 NW2d 78 (2008) · Miller v Allstate Ins Co, 481 Mich 601; 751 NW2d 463 (2008) · Cooper v Auto Club Ins Ass'n, 481 Mich 399; 751 NW2d 443 (2008) · People v Blackston, 481 Mich 451; 751 NW2d 408 (2008) · Walters v Nadell, 481 Mich 377; 751 NW2d 431 (2008) · Herman v County of Berrien, 481 Mich 352; 750 NW2d 570 (2008) · Kuznar v Raksha Corp, 481 Mich 169; 750 NW2d 121 (2008) · People v Cannon, 481 Mich 152; 749 NW2d 257 (2008) · City of Detroit v Ambassador Bridge Co., 481 Mich 29; 748 NW2d 221 (2008) · People v Holley, 480 Mich 222; 747 NW2d 856 (2008) · Ross v Blue Care Network, 480 Mich 153; 747 NW2d 828 (2008) · People v Barrett, 480 Mich 125; 747 NW2d 797 (2008) · Liberty Hill Housing Corp v City of Livonia, 480 Mich 44; 746 NW2d 282 (2008) · Kaiser v Allen, 480 Mich 31; 746 NW2d 92 (2008) · In re Egbert R Smith Trust, 480 Mich 19; 745 NW2d 754 (2008) · People v Stamper, 480 Mich 1; 742 NW2d 607 (2007) · Trentadue v Gorton, 479 Mich 378; 738 NW2d 664 (2007) · Lash v Traverse City, 479 Mich 180; 735 NW2d 628 (2007) · Brown v Brown, 478 Mich 545; 739 NW2d 313 (2007) · Kirkaldy v Rim, 478 Mich 581; 734 NW2d 201 (2007) · Renny v Michigan Dep’t of Transportation, 478 Mich 490; 734 NW2d 518 (2007) 4
  5. 5. · In re Forfeiture of $ 180,975, 478 Mich 444; 734 NW2d 489 (2007) · Omdahl v W Iron County Bd of Educ., 478 Mich 423; 733 NW2d 380 (2007) · Muci v State Farm Mut Auto Ins Co, 478 Mich 178; 732 NW2d 88 (2007) · People v Frazier, 478 Mich 231; 733 NW2d 713 (2007) · People v Smith, 478 Mich 64; 731 NW2d 411 (2007) · Al-Shimmari v Detroit Med Ctr, 477 Mich 280; 731 NW2d 29 (2007) · Miller v Chapman Contracting, 477 Mich 102; 730 NW2d 462 (2007) · Citizens Ins Co v Pro-Seal Serv Group, Inc, 477 Mich 75; 730 NW2d 682 (2007) · City of Mt Pleasant v State Tax Comm'n, 477 Mich 50; 729 NW2d 833 (2007) · Saffian v Simmons, 477 Mich 8; 727 NW2d 132 (2007) Court of Appeals under the Honorable Donald S. Owens (2004 to 2006): Reviewed trial court records and transcripts. Prepared confidential bench memoranda that summarized parties' arguments and material facts, analyzed each issue, and recommended disposition. Reviewed research reports submitted by prehearing attorneys for accuracy. Participated in issuing opinions in approximately 200 cases, including: · Echelon Homes v Carter Lumber Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued July 6, 2006 (Docket No. 267233) · Perez v Ford Motor Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued June 6, 2006 (Docket No. 249737) · Harris v Turner Constr Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued May 16, 2006 (Docket No. 263679) · Jackson Co Drain Comm'r v Village of Stockbridge, 270 Mich App 273; 717 NW2d 391 (2006) · People v McGhee, 268 Mich App 600; 709 NW2d 595 (2005) · Ghaffari v Turner Constr Co, 268 Mich App 460; 708 NW2d 448 (2005) · Pierson v Ahern, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued July 19, 2005 (Docket No. 260661) · Wabeek v Sussman, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued July 14, 2005 (Docket No. 252274) · Atty Gen v Imlay City Gas & Oil Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued July 14, 2005 (Docket No. 254418) · People v Hill, 267 Mich App 345; 705 NW2d 139 (2005) · People v Konesko, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued July 12, 2005 (Docket No. 254865) · People v Ellis, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued April 12, 2005 (Docket No. 252368) · People v Stockman, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued March 22, 2005 (Docket No. 251711) · People v Abraham, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued March 15, 2005 (Docket No. 248457) · Ervin v Bank One Trust Co, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued February 24, 2005 (Docket No. 249974) · Prentis Family Foundation, Inc v Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, 266 Mich App 39; 698 NW2d 900 (2005) · Abdella v Tessmar, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued January 25, 2005 (Docket No. 248851) · People v Allen, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued December 16, 2004 (Docket No. 249857) · People v Reed, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued October 28, 2004 (Docket No. 231665) · Payne v Farm Bureau Ins, 263 Mich App 521; 688 NW2d 327 (2004) · Citizens for Protection of Marriage v Bd of State Canvassers, 263 Mich App 487; 688 NW2d 538 (2004) 5
  6. 6. · Village of Rothbury v Double JJ Resort Ranch, Inc, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued August 17, 2004 (Docket No. 246596) · People v Ford, 262 Mich App 443; 687 NW2d 119 (2004) · In re Estate of Werner, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued June 15, 2004 (Docket No. 246831) Court of Appeals Prehearing Division (January 2003 to May 2004): Prepared confidential research reports for three-judge panels that summarized parties' arguments and material facts, analyzed each issue, and recommended disposition in approximately 150 cases. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society and Advocates Guild Appellate Section of the State Bar of Michigan Insurance and Indemnity Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Ingham County Bar Association Associate Editor of the Michigan Defense Quarterly Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Foundation, Inc. COURTS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE: Supreme Court of the United States State courts of Michigan United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: 2009 Presentation to Insurance Institute of Michigan Conference, Medicare Beneficiary's Claim for Double Damages Under the Medicare as Secondary Payor Statute 2011 Presentation to Secura Insurance, Medicare issues 2012 Michigan Defense Quarterly Article, No-Fault BOLO (Be On the Lookout) Report 2012 Presentation to Insurance Institute of Michigan Conference, Supreme Court Case Update: Joyriding and More 2013 Michigan Defense Quarterly Article, Michigan Supreme Court Insurance BOLO (Be on the Lookout) Report 2013 Michigan Defense Quarterly Article, The Pursuit of Jurisprudential Significance in the Supreme Court 2013 Presentation regarding Admire v Auto-Owners Ins Co, at the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan’s “Supreme Summer Seminar” 2013 Presentation to Insurance Institute of Michigan Conference, Admire v Auto-Owners Ins Co, The Significance of the Admire Decision and How to Get the Supreme Court to Hear Your Case 2013 Michigan Defense Quarterly Article, Judicial Profile, Ingham Circuit Judge James S. Jamo 6
  7. 7. · Village of Rothbury v Double JJ Resort Ranch, Inc, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued August 17, 2004 (Docket No. 246596) · People v Ford, 262 Mich App 443; 687 NW2d 119 (2004) · In re Estate of Werner, Unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued June 15, 2004 (Docket No. 246831) Court of Appeals Prehearing Division (January 2003 to May 2004): Prepared confidential research reports for three-judge panels that summarized parties' arguments and material facts, analyzed each issue, and recommended disposition in approximately 150 cases. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society and Advocates Guild Appellate Section of the State Bar of Michigan Insurance and Indemnity Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Ingham County Bar Association Associate Editor of the Michigan Defense Quarterly Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Foundation, Inc. COURTS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE: Supreme Court of the United States State courts of Michigan United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: 2009 Presentation to Insurance Institute of Michigan Conference, Medicare Beneficiary's Claim for Double Damages Under the Medicare as Secondary Payor Statute 2011 Presentation to Secura Insurance, Medicare issues 2012 Michigan Defense Quarterly Article, No-Fault BOLO (Be On the Lookout) Report 2012 Presentation to Insurance Institute of Michigan Conference, Supreme Court Case Update: Joyriding and More 2013 Michigan Defense Quarterly Article, Michigan Supreme Court Insurance BOLO (Be on the Lookout) Report 2013 Michigan Defense Quarterly Article, The Pursuit of Jurisprudential Significance in the Supreme Court 2013 Presentation regarding Admire v Auto-Owners Ins Co, at the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan’s “Supreme Summer Seminar” 2013 Presentation to Insurance Institute of Michigan Conference, Admire v Auto-Owners Ins Co, The Significance of the Admire Decision and How to Get the Supreme Court to Hear Your Case 2013 Michigan Defense Quarterly Article, Judicial Profile, Ingham Circuit Judge James S. Jamo 6

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