Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law


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 graduated from Emory College in 1983 and Emory Law School in 1986. 

Our Valued Clients

She has more than 28 years of experience serving businesses, insurers, and individuals nationwide.

Representative Matters

Examples of legal matters that Julie has handled over the years:

  • Won a five-day jury trial, representing the defense, in a case involving serious personal injuries.
  • Representing premises owners, won cases through the trial court and appellate court levels.
  • Won insurance coverage lawsuits in four states, including a jury trial.
  • In a case pending in Federal Court, won dismissal of all claims for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Representing sellers, drafted documentation involving the sale of a $1.2 million horse.
  • Representing buyers, drafted documentation involving the purchase of $500,000 horse. 
  • Representing sellers of a $400,000 show horse, defended a lawsuit involving claims of breach of warranty and fraud, persuading the plaintiff/buyer to drop the case.
  • Representing buyers in a sales fraud/breach of contract/Uniform Commercial Code case, won the case at trial, which resulted in a judgment against the sellers that included reimbursement to the buyers for their losses and reimbursement of the buyers' legal fees.
  • Assisted insurers in drafting insurance policy clauses.
  • Won summary judgment for the defense on two different lawsuits involving people injured at sporting facilities.
  • Won summary judgment for the defense of three different personal injury lawsuits in three different counties in 2014, alone. 

National Litigation Work

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 (3 cases), Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio (2 cases), and Connecticut (2 cases) 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 300 published articles, including 5 law journal articles for the ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section Law Journal.  She was a contributing wriiter to a new ABA book published in late 2014, and the ABA is publishing her newest book in 2016.

Her speaking engagements span 29 states and include the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, International Risk Management Institute, Insurance Skills Center, Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) National Claims Conference, National Business Institute, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Claims Conference, and several others.

Leadership - Local, State and National

She is a past president of the 43,100-member State Bar of Michigan and only the fifth woman in its 80-year history to be elected its president. For more information and to follow her travels during her 2011-2012 term, please visit her presidential blog. In the ABA, she was 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®, 2014, and 2015 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 2008-2014 and named her one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers" in Michigan for 2013 and 2014 and one of the "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers" in Michigan for 2013 and 2014.  She received the State Bar of Michigan's prestigious Michael Franck Award in 2014.  She was selected by peers as a 2015 "Leading Lawyer."  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.  DBusiness Magazine named her a "Top Lawyer" for 2009, 2010, and 2015. 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 is a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than 1/2 of 1% of North American lawyers.

Our Goal

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 have entrusted their legal matters to Ms. Fershtman year after year. 

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Julie was named by her peers as a Leading Lawyer for 2015.  When compiling the list of Leading Lawyers, the publisher surveyed lawyers, asking them which of their peers they would recommend to family members or friends if they could not take a case. To maintain the quality and credibility of the survey, lawyers were not allowed to nominate themselves or anyone at their own law firm. Based upon these nominations and approval by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, only the top lawyers are nominated and eligible for membership.

Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
32300 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 230
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Direct Line: (248) 785-4731 / Main Office Line: (248) 539-9900

Areas of practice include:

• Business Litigation
• Insurance Defense
• Insurance Coverage
• Premises Liability
• Personal Injury
• Agribusiness Liab.
• Sporting Liability
• Recreational Liab.
• Contract Disputes
• Contract Drafting
• Construction Law
• Sales Disputes
• Unif. Comm. Code
• Fraud Litigation 
• Intentional Torts
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.
  • Results for 2014.  Last year, within only a few months, Julie secured summary judgment defense rulings for her clients in three Michigan counties.
  • Top rated. Named a Michigan "Super Lawyer®" 2008 through 2014 and on its "Top" lists for 2013 and 2014.
  • Rated “AV” [highest possible peer review rating] by Martindale Hubbell.  Here is a link to her listing.
  • Rated 10.0/10 "Superb" [highest possible rating] by AVVO
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  Listed in Who's Who in American Law for over 25 years. 
  • Named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a distinction given to less than 1/3 of 1% of all lawyers.
  • Sales 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.
  • 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.
  • 2014 Speaking Engagements.  National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, KY); Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, CA), National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (Indianapolis, IN), National ABA Webinar for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility; National ABA Webinar for ABA GP-Solo; NALS of Michigan
  • 2015 Speaking Engagements.  National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, KY); Agribusiness Claims Conference (Bonner City, KS); Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, CA; Richmond, VA; Indianapolis, IN; Des Moines, IA).

Respected National Lawyer, Lecturer, Legal Consultant, and Author

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