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Julie I. Fershtman is a Shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where she practices business litigation (plaintiff and defense), fraud litigation, general insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, sporting and recreational liability, agribusiness, intentional torts, and equine law.
With a law practice that is sometimes national in scope, she has successfully tried cases before juries in four states and has been admitted as pro hac vice (out of state) counsel in state and federal courts in 12 jurisdictions. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 and 2014, for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law. She is rated "AV" preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and 10.0 "Superb" by avvo.com. Michigan Lawyer's Weekly named her a "2010 Leader in the Law." She has been listed in Michigan Super Lawyers every year since 2008 and was recognized as a 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan" and "Top 25 Women Business Litigators in Michigan."
She is a past President (2011-2012) of the 43,000-member State Bar of Michigan [www.sbmpres2012.com], and only the 5th woman in the bar's 79-year history to hold this position. Her work in the legal profession and her community has been recognized by several publications. Crain's Detroit Business named her a "Woman to Watch" (2010) and one of the "Most Influential Women" in Southeast Michigan (2007). Crain's also honored her as one of "40 Outstanding Business Leaders Under 40" in 1996. She is a Trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American, Michigan, Detroit, and Oakland County Bar Foundations.
Her speaking engagements span 28 states, primarily on topics of liability, insurance, and risk management. In addition, she is the author of over 250 published articles and 3 books on topics that include liability, contracts, and risk management. She also contributed sections to 3 other ABA books and 6 ABA law journals.
She graduated from Emory College in 1983 and Emory Law School in 1986.
For more information, please visit: www.fershtmanlaw.com, www.fosterswift.com, and www.equinelawblog.com