Julie I. Fershtman is a Shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC in its Farmington Hills, Michigan, office. She practices commercial/business litigation (plaintiff and defense), general insurance defense, insurance coverage, 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 practice that is national in scope, and is one of only less than 20 attorneys nationwide to be named a Fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys.
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 17 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.
Her professional distinctions include being named the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2016 "Woman of the Year." She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2017, and named a 2010 "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Super Lawyers ranked her among the "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan" and one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan" for 2013 - 2016. She received the State Bar of Michigan's Michael Franck Award in 2014 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 2 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 in 1983, earning two bachelors degrees, and Emory Law School in 1986.