Alan Jay Kaufman

Alan Jay Kaufman

Farmington Hills, Michigan

Founder of Kaufman, Payton & Chapa, Alan Jay Kaufman personally represents national, international and regional companies in a broad spectrum of corporate, insurance, litigation, and business planning matters.

He received his B.A. from Michigan State University in Finance and Insurance Law and earned a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1973. He continued his law studies in England, concentrating in insurance, corporate and comparative international law at Oxford and the University of London, London School of Economics.

Kaufman is involved in the American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Law Section. He is also co-chair of its Other Professional Liability Sub-Committee; Excess/Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Law; and Self-Insurers and Risk Managers committees.

Kaufman is currently an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a mediator for the Michigan Circuit Courts.

He is a member of the Michigan State University Foundation board of directors and an active author and public speaker. Kaufman was also the former chairperson of the Detroit Bar Association International Law Section for over ten years (1985-1996).

Kaufman is also involved as a board member with numerous civic and community organizations including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Founders Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Area Boy Scouts of America.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Insurance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employee
  • Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employer
  • Personal Injury -- Defense
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • International Law
  • Labor Law
  • Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1976


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana - 1973
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan - 1970

Published Works

  • Insuring Real Property and Related Risks Homeward Bound Seminars Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, 1, 1991
  • Apportionment of Defense Costs and Indemnity Payouts Between Covered and Noncovered Claims Coverage Disputes in Catastrophic Events American Bar Association National Institute, 3, 1991
  • Liquor Liability Law Text Chapter 2 & 19 Matthew Bender, 1987

Representative Clients

  • Scottsdale Insurance Company
  • American International Group
  • H.W. Kaufman Financial Group, Incorporated
  • United Artists Communications, Incorporated


  • Christopher T. Crossen, Vice President, Comerica Bank
  • David Jaffa, President, Financial Network, Incorporated

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009
  • Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008
  • Detroit Bar Association, Chairperson of the Year
  • Jerusalem Award, State of Israel

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1973 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Member, 1976 - Present
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Detroit Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1987 - Present
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, 1985 - Present


  • Zeta Beta Tau