Lawyer and Legal Consultant Representing Businesses
of all Sizes and Insurers on a Variety of Cases and Claims, Locally and Nationally
Shareholder, Foster Swift Collins
& Smith, P.C.
Julie Fershtman is a Shareholder with the full-service
law firm Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. Her practice is primarily focused on business litigation (plaintiff
and defense), general insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, sales disputes, sporting and recreational
liability, contract disputes, fraud litigation, and equine law.
She has 27 years of experience serving
businesses, insurers, and individuals.
With a law practice that is uniquely national in scope, she has successfully tried cases before
juries in 4 states. In addition, she has been approved by state and Federal courts in Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri,
South Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Connecticut to actively handle particular cases as pro hac vice
(specially admitted out-of-state) counsel, following ethical guidelines in each state.
Publications and Speaking
A frequent speaker and
writer, she has authored 2 books and contributed to 4 books published by the ABA. She has written more than 200
published articles, including 5 law journal articles for the ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section Law Journal.
Her speaking engagements span 28 states and include the ABA Annual Meeting, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Insurance Skills Center, Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) National Claims Conference, National Business Institute, and several others.
Leadership - Local, State and
She is a past president of
the 43,100-member State Bar of Michigan and only the fifth woman in its 79-year history to be elected its president. For
more information and to follow her travels in Michigan and nationally during her 2011-2012 term, please visit her presidential blog. In the ABA, she is a Vice-Chair of a committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Section and a past member of the
House of Delegates. At the local bar level, she is a former director and officer of the Oakland County Bar Association.
She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 for Business Litigation and Insurance Law. Michigan Lawyers Weekly named her a "2010
Leader in the Law." Michigan Super Lawyer® Magazine (Thomson Reuters) listed her from 2008-2013 and named her one of Michigan's
"Top 50 Women Lawyers" for 2013 and one of Michigan's "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers" for 2013. Crain's Detroit Business named her one of 15 "Women to Watch" in 2010 for innovation and leadership. Crain's also named her
one of the area's "Most Influential Women" in 2007. She also received the Oakland County Bar Association’s prestigious “Professionalism Award.” She is a Fellow of the American, Michigan,
and Oakland County Bar Foundations and a Trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.
She graduated from
Emory College in 1983 and Emory Law School in 1986.
expect and deserve results. While no lawyer can guarantee results, we consistently strive to achieve them through the highest
standards of advocacy, professionalism, communication, preparation, and ethics. And we pride ourselves on many satisfied clients,
including some of the world's largest insurers, who entrust their legal matters to Ms. Fershtman year after year.
to share that Julie was counsel in a case pending in Federal Court in Illinois (N. District of Illinois) where the Court just
entered judgment in her client's favor and dismissed all counts of the case against her client.
Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
32300 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 230
Direct Line: (248) 785-4731 / Main Office Line: (248) 539-9900
Areas of practice include:
• Business Litigation
• Insurance Defense
• Insurance Coverage
• Premises Liability
• Agribusiness Liab.
• Sporting Liability
• Recreational Liab.
• Contract Disputes
• Sales Disputes
• Fraud Litigation
• Trials, Arbitrations, Facilitations, Appeals
- Results delivered.Representing
buyers, Julie won a trial on a sales fraud/Breach of Warranty/Consumer Protection Act/breach of contract case. The Court ordered
the sellers to reimburse their monetary losses and awarded them 100% of their legal fees, all paid by the seller.
She has won heavily contested commercial and personal injury cases at trial and appellate court levels.
- Consistent Results. In one year, she won jury trials in 3 states
(Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan), 2 appeals, and a major Federal insurance coverage case in Illinois.
- Top rated. Named a Michigan "Super Lawyer®" 2008 through 2013 and on two of its "Top" lists in 2013.
- Rated “AV” [highest possible peer review rating] by Martindale Hubbell and rated 10 "Superb" [highest rating] by
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013 and 2014. Listed in Who's Who in American Law for over 23 years.
- Named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a distinction given to less than 1/3 of 1% of all lawyers.
of Ms. Fershtman's books exceed 10,000.
- One of less than 20 lawyers
in the country, and the only woman, to be named a Fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys.
- Listed for years in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys.
- 2011 Speaking Engagements (Partial List):
Insurance Skills Center (California, Colorado, and Ohio); National Conf. on Equine Law; ABA Annual Meeting (Toronto);
ABA National Webinar.
- 2012 Speaking Engagements (Partial
List): Insurance Skills Center (California, Ohio); ABA National Webinar; Cooley Law School Commencement.
- 2013 Speaking Engagements (Partial List): Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, CA, and Des Moines, IA); NBI National Webinar; PLRB/LIRB National Claims Conference (Boston, MA); Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, WA); National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, KY); New York State Bar Association (New York, NY); Virginia Intermont College Legal and Risk Reduction Seminar
(Bristol, VA); Savannah College of Art & Design® Legal and Risk Reduction Seminar
(Savannah, GA); AM Best National Podcast on Insurance Developments.
Speaking Engagements. National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, KY); Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, CA). Watch for more updates.