Jason M. Turkish is President and Managing Partner of Nyman Turkish PC, a litigation and disability law firm with offices in California, Florida, and Michigan. He believes that there is no greater privilege for a lawyer than to give a voice to those that would otherwise be silenced. That is why he is proud to lead a team of 150 dedicated employees who are committed to making sure our clients receive compassionate, aggressive, and most importantly, highly effective legal representation.
Jason has a proven track record of success in fighting for the rights of the disabled. As a leading voice for the disabled and those who need a fair shot, Jason uses his lifetime of personal experience and superior legal training to achieve life-changing results for his clients. Legally blind since birth, Jason’s story of overcoming adversity to represent those who need a powerful advocate has captivated the attention of clients, fellow attorneys, advocates, and the news media.
Jason has an abiding belief in our justice system and the rule of law. He has handled complex matters in State and Federal Courts. Recently, Jason represented two blind law school applicants who entered into a landmark settlement with the Law School Admission Council that will result in changes to the way blind law school applicants are tested, and beginning in January 2024 will result in the elimination of the “logic games” section of the LSAT for all prospective law students throughout the United States and Canada.
Jason’s vast experience also includes obtaining a consent decree against the State of Michigan to guarantee equal access to absentee voting for the blind; obtaining a conditional preliminary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security, preventing a decorated combat veteran from being forced to return to a work assignment that exacerbated his symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; representing the world’s fastest blind triathlete in attaining equal treatment in Olympic Qualifying Events; fighting and winning in Federal Court on behalf of a deaf high school wrestler who was denied the use of a sign language interpreter; and twice successfully suing the Detroit Metro Airport to improve safety for individuals with disabilities who use public transportation services, and creating accessible public bus stops for individuals with disabilities. Jason’s success in litigating complex and high-profile cases has not gone unnoticed. He was named by the prestigious organization Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the legal profession.
Jason is also passionate about giving back through volunteer board service. Jason serves as a member of the Stabenow-Peters Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Michigan, which is charged with recommending Federal Judicial appointees and U.S. Attorneys to our Senators for nomination by the President of the United States. In 2022, the Michigan Supreme Court appointed Jason as a member of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, a nine-member board charged with hearing appellate cases involving allegations of misconduct by Michigan Lawyers. Previously, Jason served as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Michigan Barrier Free Design Board, which enforces accessibility standards for businesses and public entities throughout the State of Michigan. Relevant to the Firm’s practice areas, Jason is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives and the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan. And in 2024 Jason co-founded the Alliance for America’s Promise, a 501(c)(4) not for profit corporation committed to advocating for the protection of disabled Americans seeking critical benefits from the Social Security Administration and VA and for which he serves on the National Board of Directors.
Jason is recognized as a fierce advocate for his clients and is willing to fight hard to vindicate their rights in Court. Michael Harris, the former Executive Director of the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, described Jason as “not only one of the best litigators I have ever met, but also someone who truly understands the law and works tirelessly to protect the rights of the disabled.”
Before joining Nyman Turkish PC, Jason completed his legal training at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he graduated with honors, was a member of the Law School’s prestigious Moot Court Club and attained Dean’s List in every semester. Throughout his time in Law School, Jason worked extensively as an extern with then nationally known attorney and advocate Richard Bernstein, now an Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.
In addition to his legal practice, Jason is also a frequent lecturer on disability law and policy. Prior to law school Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jason lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Metro-Detroit.