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I am a senior shareholder at Sommers Schwartz. In addition, I am also a registered nurse in the state of Michigan, which gives me a depth of valuable knowledge in medical malpractice cases.
As a plaintiff’s attorney, the leading association is MAJ (Michigan Association of Justice). Over the years, I have been appointed to the MAJ Executive Board; Chairperson to the MAJ Judicial Qualifications Committee and Chairperson of the MAJ Amicus Committee.
I feel it’s important that I have a presence and be a model for the role Michigan women can play in law. My professionalism and expertise has also been recognized by the Judiciary. This last September when the Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Conference wanted an attorney to give our Michigan’s appellate judges an update on medical malpractice law, its issues and problems, they asked me to speak.
Much of my professional practice has focused on the rights of women. Unfortunately, among medical malpractice claims there are those where the physician abuses the patient physician relationship becomes intimate with his patient. Most medical malpractice attorneys shy away from these cases. The damages are usually limited. There is always the consensual relationship gone bad then to court defense. I have never shied away from such claims. Protecting women in such vulnerable situations is not about money, but about what was right. My concern for the needs and concerns of women is also evident from my many cases involving birth injuries.
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1989||12/17/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|University of Toledo Law Review||University of Toledo||N/A|
|Senior Shareholder||Sommers Schwartz PC||1990 - Present|
|Intensive Care Nurse, Coronary Care Unit||St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI||1980 - 1986|
|Intensive Care Nurse and Step-Down Unit Nurse||Riverside Hospital, Toledo, OH||1980 - 1986|
|Instructor for Advanced EKG Interpretation Classes||St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI||1978 - 1979|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Michigan Access to Justice||Chairperson of Amicus Committee||2008 - Present|
|Michigan Access to Justice||Executive Board Member||1996 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||Member||N/A|
|American Access to Justice||Member||N/A|
|Michigan Access to Justice||Member||N/A|
|Michigan Access to Justice||Chairperson of Judicial Qualifications Committee||2004 - 2008|
|University of Toledo, Appletree Nursery School and Daycare||VP, Board of Trustees||1987 - 1988|
|American Trial Lawyers Association Professional Negligence Section||Claims Against Health Care Professionals for Sexual Abuse||2002|
|State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section Quarterly||Claims Against Health Care professionals for Sexual Abuse||2001|
|Michigan Bar Journal||The Two-Tiered Cap on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases: A Legislateive "Solution" Creates Myriad Problems for the Courts||1999|
|University of Toledo College of Law - Magna Cum Laude||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Bowling Green State University||Nursing||Bachelor of Science in Nursing||N/A|
|Michigan Associationn for Justice Rapid Fire Seminar||Notices of Intent, New Rules||2010|
|MI Judicial Conference||Updates in Medical Malpractice Law||2010|
|Northville/Novi American Assocation of University Women||Being a Patient Advocate||2009|
|Michigan Association for Justice Rapid Fire Seminar||Updae on NOI and AOM Requirements||2009|
|Michigan Association for Justice Rapid Fire Seminar||Applying the Woodard Decision||2008|
|Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (Detroit chapter)||Special Instruction to teh Affiant and the Notary after Apsey||2005|
|MTLA Seminar||Moderator for Strucutre Settlement Seminar||2002|
|MTLA Seminar||Deciding Whether to Represent a Plaintiff for a Claim of Sexual Abuse by a Professional||2001|