Elliot J. Gruszka holds a bachelor’s degree (Taylor University) and master’s degree (Ball State University) in physics, and will graduate, with honors, with a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in January, 2013. As an undergraduate, he co-designed and built a high-energy particle detector for a micro-satellite. In graduate school, he conducted experiments studying neutron emissions from medical linear accelerators. As a result of his education and research, Elliot is well-versed in a variety of topics related to mechanical, electrical, and materials engineering.
Prior to enrolling in law school, Elliot worked as a consultant for a firm serving the insurance industry. Here, he excelled at negotiating settlements aggressively with other insurance carriers and developing the attention to detail requisite for handling complex transactions.
As a law student, Elliot has earned the Certificate of Merit (highest grade earned) in Property Law I and II, Torts II, and Research and Writing. He is an excellent oral advocate, ranking in the Top 10 in Cooley’s Intra-School Moot Court competition. In the spring of 2012, he served as a student law clerk to the Hon. Janet T. Neff (U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Michigan), researching issues before the court and writing draft opinions.
In his free time, Elliot enjoys spending time with family and friends, film, hiking, tennis, running, playing banjo, and reading.