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I am a Partner and senior shareholder at Sommers Schwartz, P.C.  I have resolved multiple injury claims in the multi-million dollar award range.  My client received one of the largest 7-digit medical negligence case awards in Macomb County Circuit Court in 2008 and such successes continued in 2009, '10, '11, '12 and '13 as I was able to secure case resolutions of similar value for persons stricken with permanent life changing injuries.  However, all of my clients, no matter the ultimate value of the claim, get personal, professional and compassionate representation from the day they call my office and sign up for my firm to investigate the claim.  WE ARE EXPERT LITIGATORS THAT GET EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS!


I have been practicing law for over 22 years and specialize in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Birth Trauma.  I am a peer confirmed SUPERLAWYER since 2010 and have been selected to the exclusive Multimillion Dollar Verdict Forum.  Membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and advocacy.  My qualifications warranted distinction as a Life Member. 

To whom much is given, much is required.  I am an altruistic attorney that enjoys giving back to the community and society in general.  I participate in the Metro-Detroit Community by speaking at Detroit Public School Career Days and serving on community, school and foundation boards to provide skilled leadership, creativity and resources. I, for example, serve on the BOD for Urban Solutions, Inc., a Detroit non-profit corporation that provides multiple scholarships to inner-city youths annually. I have served as the Co-President of the Brother Rice High School Dad’s Club and have served on the Dad’s Club Board of Directors for three years. I am also active in multiple State Bar organizations and boards that sponsor community projects like Bicycle Helmet Day through the Michigan Association for Justice; we've given thousands of helmets to children for safe cycling in Michigan.


I reached abroad to the Country of Uganda, in Africa, with my family by donating hundreds of books and supplies to a farming tribe.  I also donated to a childcare organization, Opening Doors, that teaches life skills to children inflicted with child birth defects and disabilities.  


I was recently appointed to the Executive Committee for Michigan Association for Justice, the primary decision-making body for the organization which is the State affilliate of the American Association for Justice.  I am a Past President of the Wolverine Bar Association, the oldest and largest minority bar association in Michigan. 


A LEADING LAWYER IN MICHIGAN, 2014.  Leading Lawyers are selected by their peers as being among the top lawyers in the nation. Named one of DBusiness magazine's 2016 Top Lawyers.  Visit my website to learn more at


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 60%
  2. Birth Injury: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%



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  • Daniel G. Romano

    I endorse this lawyer. Ken is an outstanding Med Mal lawyer who has worked for one of the best firms in the State for over 20 years. I refer medical malpractice cases to Ken


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    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Watkins is a skilled and effective member of the legal community. He consistently offers sound and practical legal commentary in the Avvo forum.


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Contact info

Sommers Schwartz PC

One Towne Square
17th Floor
Southfield, MI, 48076


MIActive And In Good Standing199201/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Quarter FinalistFredrick Douglas Moot Court CompetitionN/A
American Jurisprudence Award in EquityLawyers Cooperative PublishingN/A
American Jurisprudence Award in Commercial TransactionsLawyers Cooperative PublishingN/A
Humanitarian AwardThe Wolverine Student Bar Association and National Black Law Students AssociationN/A
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior ShareholderSommers Schwartz PC1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wolverine Bar AssociationPast President, Past Executive BoardN/A
The National Trial LawyersTop 100 Trial LawyersN/A
Wolverine Bar AssociationClerkship CommitteeN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Bar AssociationPast Member of Judicial Review and Selection CommitteeN/A
National Bar AssociationPast Special Asst to the PresidentN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMI Minority Delegate Representative & State DelegateN/A
Michigan Association for JusticeExecutive Stustaining Member, Board of DirectorsN/A
The National Black Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Anesthesia CaseJust under $7 million dollar settlement
Delayed Diagnosis and TreatmentConfidential
Cerebral Palsy MisdiagnosedConfidential
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Medical Law ReportChaperones are Necessary Eyewitness for Both Patient, DoctorN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Detroit College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Northwestern UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wolverine Bar AssociationMinority Bar Review CourseN/A
Detroit Public SchoolsCareer Days - Legal PresentationN/A