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Julie I. Fershtman

Litigation Attorney at Southfield, MI

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Learn Julie’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    55%
    General commercial litigation (plaintiff and defense); contract disputes, fraud disputes, consumer protection act disputes, Uniform Commercial Code disputes, construction disputes, disputes related to waivers and releases of liability, sporting & recreational liability (accidents from all types of sporting and recreational participation); trials, arbitrations/facilitations, and appeals

  2. Insurance
    30%
    Insurance defense, insurance coverage, general insurance litigation; declaratory judgment actions, coverage opinions, investigations, trials, arbitrations/facilitations, and appeals

  3. Agriculture
    5%
    Equine Law, including equesrian and equine liability, sales disputes, fraud cases, contract disputes, equine property acquisition, preparation of contracts (purchase agreements, leases, boarding contracts, training contracts, releases, trainer use agreements), and many others; trials, arbitrations/facilitations, and appeals

  4. Animal law
    5%
    National Equine Law practice, including equestrian and equine liability, sales disputes, fraud cases, contract disputes, equine property acquisition, preparation of contracts (purchase agreements, leases, boarding contracts, training contracts, releases, trainer use agreements), and many others; trials, arbitrations/facilitations, and appeals

  5. Contracts and agreements
    5%
    Drafting and review of certain types of contracts, typically industry contracts; litigation of contract disputes

 

Julie I. Fershtman is an Equity Shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC in its Southfield, Michigan, office. She practices commercial/business litigation (plaintiff and defense), insurance law, premises liability, contract disputes, business fraud, and sporting and recreational liability. Her clients range from insurance companies and businesses to individuals. In addition, she is widely considered to be one of the nation's leading practitioners in the field of Equine Law, with a law practice that is national in scope.

 

An experienced trial lawyer, she has tried cases before juries in 4 states, and has been admitted to practice as pro hac vice counsel in state and federal courts in 20 jurisdictions across the country.

 

Ms. Fershtman was the 2011-2012 President of the State Bar of Michigan  and was a Vice-Chair of a committee of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. She is also a Trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and a Director of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society.

 

Her professional distinctions include being listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Business Litigation and Insurance Law. She was also named the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2016 "Woman of the Year."  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2022, and named a 2010 "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers WeeklySuper Lawyers ranked her among the "Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan" and one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan."  She received the State Bar of Michigan's Roberts P. Hudson Award and its Michael Franck Award as well as the Oakland County Bar Association's "Professionalism Award."

 

A frequent author and speaker, she has written over 400 published articles on legal topics and is author of 4 books and contributor to 4 books published by the ABA.  She has lectured at seminars, conventions, and continuing education conferences in 29 states.

 

She graduated from Emory College and Emory Law School.

 

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Photos and videos

Receiving the State Bar of Michigan Michael Franck Award in 2014. Pictured with lawyers from Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC.  September 2014
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Licensed for 36 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Julie

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC
28411 Northwestern Highway
Suite 500
Southfield, MI, 48034

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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Equity Shareholder
  • Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Grewal v. Grewal
  • Motion Granted - Case Dismissed
  • Hauser v. Great American Assurance Co.
  • Summary Judgment for Defendant/Insurer
  • Mark Miller and April Miller v. Robert Menke and Trudy Menke, individually and d/b/a Menke Paint & Quarter Horses
  • Ruling for Plaintiffs at Bench Trial
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Associations

  • Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2006 - Present
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Trustee & Fellow
  • 2003 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • House of Delegates
  • 2011 - 2012
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair - Animal Law Committee
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America - Business Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyer
  • DBusiness Magazine
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers - Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyers - Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Michigan Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America - Business Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyers - Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers - Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers - Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2019
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2018
  • Jean King Leadership Award
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • 2018
  • Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Michigan Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness
  • 2018
  • Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Animal Law Committee
  • 2017
  • Michigan Super Lawyer - "Civil Litigation Defense"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • Crain's Detroit Business
  • 2017
  • Michigan Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Michigan Super Lawyer - "Civil Litigation Defense"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Woman of the Year
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2016
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Michigan Super Lawyer - "Civil Litigation Defense"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2014
  • Michael Franck Award
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2014
  • Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Michigan Super Lawyer - "Civil Litigation Defense"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow 2014-2016
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Woodward-White, Inc.
  • 2013
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Michigan "Super Lawyer" - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • "Distinguished Service" Award
  • American Youth Horse Council
  • 2013
  • Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • "Respect for Law" Award
  • Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club
  • 2012
  • "Super Lawyer" - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2012
  • "Super Lawyer" - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness Magazine
  • 2010
  • "Super Lawyer" - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • "Woman to Watch"
  • Crain's Detroit Business
  • 2010
  • Leader in the Law
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness Magazine
  • 2009
  • "Super Lawyer" - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • "Super Lawyer" - Civil Litigation Defense
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • One of Metro Detroit's "Most Influential Women"
  • Crain's Detroit Business
  • 2007
  • Professionalism Award
  • Oakland County Bar Assoc.
  • 2000
  • One of Metro Detroit's "40 [Business Leaders] Under 40"
  • Crain's Detroit Business
  • 1996
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Publications

  • American Bar Association TIPS Law Journal
  • Annual Survey of Tort & Insurance Law (Insurance Section)
  • 2014
  • ABA-TIPS Law Journal
  • Annual Survey of Animal Tort & Insurance Law (Insurance Section)
  • 2009
  • ABA-TIPS Law Journal
  • "Annual Survey of Animal Tort & Insurance Law (Insurance Section)"
  • 2008
  • ABA-TIPS Law Journal
  • "Annual Survey of Animal Tort & Insurance Law (Insurance Section)"
  • 2007
  • ABA-TIPS Law Journal
  • "Annual Survey of Animal Tort & Insurance Law (Insurance Section)"
  • 2006
  • ABA-TIPS Law Journal
  • "Annual Survey of Animal Tort & Insurance Law (Insurance Section)"
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Annual Meeting
  • “Private Practice: One Size Does Not Fit All”
  • 2016
  • State Bar of Michigan Bar Leadership Forum
  • 21st Century Practice Task Force
  • 2016
  • National Conference on Equine Law
  • Enforceability of Liability Waivers/Releases
  • 2016
  • IRMI Agribusiness Conferences ("AgriCon") - California, Florida
  • Livestock Event Liabilities
  • 2016
  • IRMI Agribusiness Conferences ("AgriCon") - California, Florida
  • Common Livestock Mortality Disputes
  • 2016
  • IRMI Agribusiness Conferences ("AgriCon") - California, Florida
  • Loose Livestock Liabilities
  • 2016
  • IRMI Agribusiness Conferences ("AgriCon")
  • Equine Activity Liability Statutes
  • 2016
  • Bar Leadership Forum
  • 21st Century Practice Task Force
  • 2016
  • National Conference on Equine Law
  • Equine Activity Liability Statutes
  • 2015
  • IRMI Agribusiness Conferences ("AgriCon") - California, Virginia, Iowa, Indiana
  • Enforceability of Liability Waivers/Releases
  • 2015
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan Claims Conference
  • Liabilities and Risk Management
  • 2015
  • AFIS Conference Kansas City, KS
  • Liability & Risk Management
  • 2015
  • National Conference on Equine Law
  • Professional Liabilities
  • 2014
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
  • Sporting & Recreational Liabilities
  • 2014
  • Michigan Adjusters Association
  • Animal Liabilities
  • 2014
  • Emmet J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conferences - California, Iowa
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • 2014
  • ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Webinar
  • Bullying of and by Lawyers (Speaker & Moderator)
  • 2014
  • PLRB National Claims Conference
  • Enforceability of Liability Waivers/Releases
  • 2013
  • Emmet J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference
  • Sporting & Recreational Liabilities
  • 2013
  • Insurance Skills Center Conference
  • Liability and Waivers/Release Enforceability
  • 2012
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan Claims Conference
  • Sporting and Recreational Liabilities
  • 2012
  • Cooley Law School Commencement
  • Professionalism and Opportunity
  • 2012
  • ABA Webinar
  • Agricultural Liability & Property Insurance
  • 2012
  • 2012 Cooley Law School Graduation Commencement
  • Speaker
  • 2012
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan Claims Conference
  • Enforceability of Liability Waivers and Releases
  • 2011
  • American Bar Association
  • Women in the Law Webinar
  • 2011
  • American Bar Association
  • "The Road to Independence" Women in the Law - ABA Annual Mtg.
  • 2011
  • PLRB National Claims Conference
  • Insurance Law & Specialty Risks Liability
  • 2009
  • Insurance Skills Center Conference
  • Independent Contractors
  • 2009
  • ICLE Solo & Small Firm Institute
  • Developing Law Practice
  • 2009
  • PLRB National Claims Conference
  • Insurance Law & Liability - Equestrian
  • 2008
  • National Conference on Equine Law
  • Equipment Liabilities
  • 2008
  • Insurance Skills Center Conference
  • Insurance Coverage Issues
  • 2008
  • ICLE Solo & Small Firm Institute
  • Professional Services
  • 2007
  • ABA Annual Meeting
  • Equine Activity Liability and Insurance
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Animal law Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I definitely endorse Attorney Julie I. Fershtman, particularly in the area of equine law. I exclusively practice in the area of family law. I had a divorce matter that involved division of ownership rights of horses and I had many questions about the corresponding liability and insurance ramifications. Per multiple recommendations, and after reading one of her articles in the Michigan Bar Journal, I contacted Ms. Fershtman and I sure was not disappointed. In my communication with Ms. Fershtman, I quickly learned that she is a human equine law encyclopedia. She was so excited to share her wisdom with me. It was obvious she is a master of her craft. Her insight was quite valuable to helping my client. It is hard to imagine there could be many attorneys that could match her passion and knowledge in the field of equine law."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Julie for her exceptional expertise in equine law."
Animal law Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julie is incredibly knowledgeable in the area of animal law."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Fershtman is respected and well known by attorneys for her expertise, high ethical standards, and civility. I endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julie is one of the most respected attorneys in Michigan. She just finished her reign as President of the State Bar of Michigan - which means she was the leader of the entire attorney bar, a position held in the utmost regard. She presided with honor, integrity and grace. Her practice and involvement in the legal community is unparalleled. She is an inspiration to attorneys and I am happy that I have the opportunity to see her lead."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julie is well-known and well-respected in the legal community for her expertise in equine law. She is not only a top-rated attorney; she is a warm and caring individual who contributes to the betterment of the legal field by volunteering her time to support the professional development of her colleagues. I would absolutely recommend Julie for a consultation about a legal matter in her field of practice."
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Southfield Litigation Lawyer Julie I. Fershtman
Julie I. Fershtman
Litigation Attorney
Southfield, MI
Licensed for 36 years