Julie Fershtman is a Shareholder with Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., in its Farmington Hills, Michigan, office. Her practice is
primarily focused on business litigation (plaintiff and defense), general insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises
liability, sporting and recreational liability, sales and contract disputes, fraud litigation, and equine law.
She has over 26 years of experience
serving businesses, insurers, and individuals throughout the country.
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
speaker and writer, she has authored 2 books and contributed chapters 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, and many others.
Leadership - Local, State and
She is the immediate
past president of the 42,500-member State Bar of Michigan and only the fifth woman in its 77-year history to be elected President. 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 (Business Litigation, Insurance Law). Michigan Lawyers Weekly named her a "2010 Leader
in the Law." 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.
clients 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
Julie is the recipient of the American Youth Horse Council's 2013 "Distinguished Service" Award, and will be presented with teh award at its Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut,
on April 13, 2013.
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