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By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Jeffrey Blazoff earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University, drawn to that major by the opportunity to give back to the community. He was drawn to study law for the same reason.

“This is what I most enjoy about going to Detroit Mercy Law,” he says. “Many of the organizations here dedicate themselves to helping people.

“I also wanted to continue higher education, something my parents have always impressed upon me. Both have master’s degrees and my mother is currently working to get her Doctorate of Nursing.”

A University of Detroit Mercy School of Law 2L student whose current legal focus is tort law, Blazoff has worked since May at Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney, Garberino (TNMG Law), helping attorneys prepare for trial, and researching various legal topics. The Livonia firm, handling cases in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Monroe, Jackson, Lenawee, St. Clair, and Branch counties, has extensive experience and success in trying multi-million-dollar and high profile cases and an appellate practice handling cases in the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The firm specializes in many fields but much of their work—and what I’m most interested in—is medical malpractice defense,” Blazoff says. “They are a firm of some of the best litigators in the state and I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to learn from them.”

Blazoff, who previously interned at the Meridian Law Center, a general practice firm in Okemos, is particularly interested in the field of medical malpractice.

“I’ve been drawn to medicine by my parents, who are both in the medical field,” he says. “Medical malpractice is a very lucrative field.  And on top of knowing the law, you also have to know the medicine in order to do your job effectively.” 

A member of the law school’s Moot Court, Blazoff also serves as treasurer of the St. Thomas More Society where he enjoys the opportunity to raise money for the community. The organization’s biggest annual fund-raising event, the “Tommy Bowl” took place November 3, the 105th consecutive bowl-athon.

He also serves on the Broadcasting Committee Chairman for the 10CORE Law Society that is dedicated to empowering the public by providing information about compelling real estate issues.

“10Core is extremely rewarding,” he says. “We put on a housing symposium recently to spread real estate knowledge across the country. It’s all about giving people the information they would need to make sure they aren’t going to be taken advantage of. This happens more than people think, especially in this area.”

Blazoff relaxes from his studies by playing defense on the Detroit Mercy Law hockey team that plays once a week on Sundays.

“It’s hard to find time for leisure during law school. If I don’t have time during the week, I always have Sundays,” he says.

“Growing up, I played football and lacrosse. I think being an athlete in general is why I’m drawn to litigation—I believe being in a competitive environment will help me excel in this area.”

A lifelong resident of Grosse Pointe Farms and graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School, Blazoff finds life in the Greater Detroit area enables him to readily indulge his passion for sports.

“I’m a huge Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions fan,” he says. “Being so close to the city, I’m able to get to plenty of games of each team.”

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