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 nearly 28 years of experience
serving businesses, insurers, and individuals.
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
- Representing sellers, drafted documentation involving the sale of a $1.2 million stallion.
buyers, drafted documentation involving the purchase of a show horse for $500,000.
- 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 an additional $30,000 in the buyers' legal fees.
- Assisted insurers in drafting insurance policy documentation.
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 (as of July
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 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, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Claims Conference, and several others.
- Local, State and National
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 during her 2011-2012 term, please visit her presidential blog. In the ABA, she is a past 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 Michigan's
"Top 50 Women Lawyers" for 2013 and 2014 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.
selected to receive the State Bar of Michigan's 2014 Michael Franck Award. She will receive the award during the State
Bar of Michigan's 2014 Annual Meeting.
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