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Kristina M. Araya

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  • Grand Rapids

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Biography

Kris Araya is a litigator who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and risk management. Kris’s litigation experience includes insurance coverage disputes, products liability defense, and banking and securities litigation. Kris routinely advises corporate clients, including manufacturers, banks and other financial institutions, on risk management issues involving insurance, indemnity, and best practices.  Kris is known for being calm under pressure and is exceptionally dedicated to her clients.  

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Education

  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 2010 magna cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.A. 2004 Political Science with honors

Admitted

  • 2010, Michigan

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Honorable Gerald Rosen, Judicial Intern

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan

Experience

Insurance Coverage and Risk Management Experience:
  • Successfully briefed a dispositive motion on a first-party insurance coverage claim on behalf of a business owner in federal court, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client
  • Successfully negotiated settlement of a first-party property insurance claim for a manufacturing company
  • Regularly advises corporate clients and individuals on legal issues involving insurance, indemnity and risk management
  • Regularly represents clients in insurance coverage disputes in federal and state courts
  • Second-chair appellate counsel, Ile v. Foremost Ins. Co., 493 Mich. 915; 823 N.W.2d 426 (2012) (Michigan Supreme Court adopted insurance policy interpretation advanced by Warner Norcross & Judd and reversed lower courts’ judgment against client)
Complex Commercial Litigation Experience:
  • First-chaired the defense of a multi-million dollar negligence claim against a provider of high-performance internet infrastructure services, and obtained a favorable settlement
  • Local counsel for a medical device manufacturer in a products liability action in federal court 
  • Successfully argued and briefed a dispositive motion on behalf of a global furniture manufacturer in a product liability case
  • Worked as part of a Warner Norcross legal team representing two major creditors as local counsel in Detroit’s bankruptcy
  • Routinely represents corporate clients in all stages of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution and at trial 
Banking and Securities Litigation:
  • Routinely advises banking clients on risk management and best practices related to deposit accounts
  • Provides defense to national and local banks in deposit account litigation in federal and state courts, obtaining favorable results for clients 
  • Defends broker-dealers in FINRA arbitrations and in state and federal court securities litigation, including cases involving negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitability and securities laws

Honors & Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2016-Present
  • Order of the Coif
  • Dean's Scholar Award Recipient, 2008
  • Federal Bar Association Scholarship, 2008
  • Alpert Foundation Scholarship, 2008
  • Gold Key Award, 2008

Publications

One Court of Justice Blog

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Tips, Tricks and Recent Developments," February 18, 2019
  • Panelist, What You Don't Know About Cyber Insurance Could Be Putting Your Company at Risk, October 5, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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