Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law


Tireless Lawyer With 36 Years of Experience Representing Businesses and Individuals - Locally and Nationally** - 
Equity Shareholder at the Full-Service Firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC


Julie Fershtman is an Equity Shareholder with the full-service law firm Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., with a law practice primarily focused on business litigation (plaintiff and defense), general insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, products liability, construction, sales disputes, sporting and recreational liability, contract disputes, fraud litigation, and equine (horse-related) law

Our Valued Clients

Highly experienced lawyer with 36 years of actively and honorably serving businesses and individuals nationwide. ** 

Representative Matters

Examples of legal matters handled:

  • Won a product liability/negligence/UCC case for a client, resulting in dismissal of all claims. Won appeal of case.
  • Won a nine-day bench trial of an equine sale dispute and secured dismissal of defamation claims against client.
  • Won a bench trial of a land use/quiet title dispute.
  • Won a five-day jury trial, representing the defense, in a case involving serious personal injuries.
  • Won dismissal of a wrongful death case, defending a business, in State Court as well as in subsequent Federal court proceedings.
  • Representing premises owners, won cases through the trial court and appellate court levels.
  • Won insurance coverage lawsuits in four states, including a jury trial on coverage issues.
  • Representing horse sellers, drafted documentation involving the sale of a $1.2 million breeding stallion/former champion.
  • Representing horse buyers, drafted documentation involving the purchase of a $500,000 elite show hunter. 
  • Representing sellers of a $400,000 champion show horse, defended a lawsuit involving claims of breach of warranty and fraud, effectively 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.
  • Won summary judgment for the defense on lawsuits involving people injured at sporting facilities.
  • In one year, alone, won summary judgment for the defense of three different personal injury lawsuits in three different counties. 

National Litigation Work **

Jury trials in 4 states.** Approved by state and Federal courts in 20 jurisdictions around the country to actively handle particular cases on a pro hac vice basis (specially admitted out-of-state counsel). 

Publications and Speaking

A frequent speaker and writer, she has authored 4 books, co-authored one book, and was a contributing writer to 4 other books published by the American Bar Association (ABA). In 2019, the ABA published her newest book, which has received 4 national book awards. In addition, she has written more than 400 published articles, including 7 law journal articles for the ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section Law Journal

Speaking engagements in 29 states, including American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, International Risk Management Institute, Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) National Claims Conference, National Business Institute, and numerous others.

Leadership - Local, State and National

Past president of the 45,000-member State Bar of Michigan. For more information and to follow her 2011-2012 presidential travels, please visit her presidential blog. In the ABA, she was a Vice-Chair of a committee of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Section. She is currently a member of the ABA House of Delegates. At the local bar level, she is a former director and officer of the Oakland County Bar Association.


Named "Woman of the Year" in Michigan's legal profession by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2016. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013- 2023 for Business Litigation and Insurance Law.  Michigan Super Lawyers® listed her every year since 2008 and named her one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan" for 2019-2022 and one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers" in Michigan for 2013-2022.  Women Lawyers Association of Michigan honored her with its 2018 Jean L. King Leadership Award, and she received the State Bar of Michigan's Michael Franck Award in 2014 and Roberts P. Hudson Award in 2018.  Crain's Detroit Business named her  a "Notable Women Lawyer in Michigan" in 2017 and previously 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 and in its "40 Under 40." DBusiness Magazine named her a "Top Lawyer" for 2009, 2010, 2015-2022. She received the Oakland County Bar Association’s prestigious “Professionalism Award.” She is a Fellow of the American, Michigan, Detroit, and Oakland County Bar Foundations and a Trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory rates her "AV" (5.0/5) which is its highest rating.  She is rated 10.0/10 "Superb" [highest rating] by AVVOShe is a Senior 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. The Crain's Detroit Business feature article on Julie, published in June 2019, can be found here: link.  

Educational Background
Graduate of Emory College and Emory Law School. 
Our Assurance to You

Clients deserve results. While no lawyer can guarantee results, we consistently work hard to achieve them through the highest standards of advocacy, professionalism, communication, preparation, and ethics. Numerous clients, ranging from some of the world's largest insurers to small businesses and individuals in a variety of industries, seek Ms. Fershtman's guidance and entrust their legal matters to her year after year.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:  For 2022, Michigan Super Lawyers® again named Julie Fershtman one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan" and one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan." She was also listed for the 10th consecutive year in The Best Lawyers in America.®

Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

28411 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 500 

Southfield, MI  48034

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

Areas of practice include:

• Business Litigation
• Insurance Defense
• Insurance Coverage
• Premises Liability
• Personal Injury
• Agribusiness Liability
• Sporting Liability
• Recreational Liability
• Contract Disputes
• Contract Drafting
• Construction Law
• Sales Disputes
• Property Disputes 
• Uniform Comm. Code
• Fraud Litigation 
• Fiduciary Duty Cases
• Employment Law
• Intentional Tort Cases
• Class Action Defense 
Trials, Arbitrations, Facilitations, Appeals

  • Results delivered. In 2020, Julie won a product liability case for her client in the Michigan Court of Appeals involving complex issues of expert witness qualification; she also won the case at the trial court level.  In a case from a few years ago, Julie represented buyers, and won a trial on their behalf involving issues of sales fraud/Breach of Warranty/Consumer Protection Act/breach of contract; in that case, the Court ordered the sellers, who lost the case, to reimburse Julie's clients' monetary losses and awarded them 100% of their legal fees.  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.
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law for 30+ years. 
  • Named a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a distinction given to less than 1/3 of 1% of all lawyers.
  • 2019 Speaking Engagements - 6 states.  National Conference on Equine Law - 2 presentations (Kentucky); Agricultural Claims Conference - 2 presentations (Missouri); "AgriCon"/Agribusiness Conference - 3 presentations (California, Virginia, and Iowa); State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section "Summit" (Michigan); Oakland County Bar Assoc./Women Lawyers Assoc. of Mich. Conference on Diversity; United States Hunter/Jumper Association Annual Convention (Colorado); Midwest Dressage Association Annual Meeting (Michigan); national webinar for industry professionals.
  • 2020 Speaking Engagements.  University of Kentucky Journal of Natural Resources and Equine Law Symposium (Lexington, Kentucky); National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, Kentucky) - Postponed due to COVID-19; "AgriCon" / IRMI Agribusiness Conference; Legal Talk Network; Cornell Cooperative Extension, Equitana USA (Postponed).
  • 2021 Speaking Engagements.  National Conference on Equine Law (Virtual); American Youth Horse Council (Virtual); Cornell Cooperative Extension (Virtual); Agricultural Claims Conference (Virtual); United Professional Horsemans Association webinar (Virtual); "Agri Con" / IRMI Agribusiness Conference (Virtual);  Ag Law Today podcast; Georgia Bar Association Equine Law Section (virtual); Insurance Alliance of Michigan.
  • 2022 Speaking Engagements. "AgriCon" / IRMI Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, California); National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, Kentucky); New York State Bar Association (virtual), American Horse Council Annual Conference, (Washington, DC), and 2 others.
  • 2023 Speaking Engagements.  National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, Kentucky - in person); "AgriCon" /IRMI Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, California - in person).


 ** What State(s) Does Your Legal Matter Involve?

Julie Fershtman has clients around the country but cannot work all alone in every state. Regulations involving the practice of law prevent lawyers from practicing all alone in states where they are not licensed. Julie is licensed in Michigan but has been approved by courts in 20 jurisdictions nationwide to work on partcular cases as lead counsel or co-counsel. Contracts she drafts require local counsel approval. For your out-of-state matter, you'll need your local lawyer to work in some capacity with her.

Respected National Lawyer, Speaker, Litigator, Legal Consultant, and Award-Winning Author


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