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Rabih Hamawi

Insurance Attorney at Southfield, MI

5.0   50 reviews

Licensed for 6 years

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About Rabih

Learn Rabih’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Insurance
    40%
    fire, explosion, property damage, insurance-coverage disputes, and insurance agent's errors and omissions

  2. Litigation
    30%
    Insurance Litigation Property Insurance Claims Examination Under Oath

  3. Personal injury
    10%
    Fire injury or death. Explosion injury or death.

  4. Real estate
    10%

  5. Insurance fraud
    6%
    Defending insureds against allegations of fraud and arson

  6. Commercial real estate
    1%

  7. Health insurance
    1%

  8. Life insurance
    1%

  9. Residential real estate
    1%

Attorney & Counselor

From the very first meeting to the resolution of your case, you can trust Rabih Hamawi to be professional, respectful, prompt, and relentless.

Mr. Hamawi has extensive expertise in insurance coverage, business negotiations, and commercial litigation. He focuses his practice on representing businessowners, homeowners, property owners, and other insurance policyholders in fire, property damage, and insurance-coverage disputes with insurance companies and in errors-and-omissions cases against insurance agents. He has successfully litigated hundreds of cases against insurance companies and insurance agents, and recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He has also litigated cases against residential and commercial builders, restoration companies, and fire repair contractors.

Mr. Hamawi has litigated cases against towing and storage companies for charging consumers unreasonable and excessive towing and storage costs, and for wrongfully determining vehicles to be abandoned. He has also litigated cases involving breach of commercial lease agreements, commercial real estate transactions, commercial purchase agreements, and sales commissions agreements.

​Mr. Hamawi has represented insurance agents, financial advisors, stockbrokers, and public insurance adjusters in regulatory or other disciplinary actions initiated by governmental agencies.

Mr. Hamawi holds licenses in Property, Casualty, Life, Accident, and Health insurance. He is a Licensed multiple lines Property and Casualty, Life, Accident, and Health Insurance Counselor (LIC). He earned the prestigious Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®), Certified Insurance Consultant (CIC), and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations. He previously served as a managing principal for an insurance and financial services agency, where he managed two offices and built a multi-million-dollar book of business.

While in law school, Mr. Hamawi interned for the Honorable John Corbett O’Meara, Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He also interned for the United States Department of Justice in the United States Attorney’s Office in Detroit.

While in law school, Mr. Hamawi also served on the Cooley Law Review Board of Editors as a Symposium Editor, where he received the Law Review Board Award for the most significant contributions to the Law Review Board during his tenure. He also served on the Moot Court and Mock Trial Executive Boards, and was a member of Cooley’s National Trial Team. Upon graduation, he received the Student Leadership Achievement Award for his outstanding participation in a leadership role during law school. He is bilingual and fluent in Arabic.

Mr. Hamawi has also taught as an adjunct professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Personal and Corporate Finance, Risk Management, and Insurance and Financial Planning at the University of Phoenix, Davenport University, and Southern New Hampshire University.

Education

Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Master’s in Finance with a concentration in financial and insurance planning, Walsh College

Bachelor of Laws with high honors, Lebanese University, Faculty of Law

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Michigan

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

Professional Associations & Activities

Chair Elect of the Insurance and Indemnity Law Section, State Bar of Michigan

Vice-Chair of the Property Insurance Law Committee, American Bar Association

Executive Board member of the Michigan Association of Justice

Inns of Court, Oakland County Bar Association

Inns of Court, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Board member of the ICLE New Lawyers Advisory Board

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors

The Society of Certified Risk Managers

The Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters

Awards

Mr. Hamawi has been named to the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in insurance law in 2017, 2018, and 2019, 2020, and 2021, an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of exceptional young attorneys in Michigan who have demonstrated excellence in their areas of expertise. Mr. Hamawi was also selected to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2020 Up & Coming Lawyers, which is dedicated to saluting Michigan lawyers who have established a name for themselves by displaying the ambition, drive and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 years in practice.

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Licensed for 6 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2016
Updated 10/06/2022

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

Contact Rabih

Law Office of Rabih Hamawi, P.C.
2000 Town Center Drive, Ste 1900
Southfield, MI, 48075

Reviews

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Posted by Bryant | November 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied
Mr. Hamawi handled my lawsuit in a timely matter and met all of my needs. His communication was very clear and thorough and he was very committed to making sure I was satisfied with my compensation.
Posted by Kelly | August 10, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and honest
I had an insurance company totally cancel my policy after I filed a damage claim on my rental house. After searching the internet and finding an article written by Mr Hamawi I was impressed by his knowledge and ability to convey the law in a digestible format. I reached out for a consultation and while we determined my case did not meet legal requirement to pursue a suit, he and his office staff were quick to respond to requests. He was very helpful in educating me on my case and what to do should I do should I decide to go another route. I appreciate his honesty and not charging me to review all my documents when he knew at the start that my specific situation would not be worth pursuing in a law suit.
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Posted by Donna | June 16, 2022
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Satisfied
I hired attorney Rabih Hamawi to represent me on a difficult fire insurance case, where the insurance company accused me of arson and fraud. Rabih did such an amazing job, he worked very hard on my case, and believed in me that these allegations were untrue. He never gave up and obtained a great outcome for my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone fighting against insurance companies. Thank you so much Rabih
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2022
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Mr. Hamawi helped me and my family with an insurance dispute after a fire at our home . He was professional, courteous and timely. He always answered all my questions and return phone calls quickly. I am appreciative of all his help and I would recommend him to anybody needing help dealing with an insurance company after a major loss. 5 out of 5 stars!!!
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Posted by Brendan | April 22, 2022
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Fire insurance case
My family was very fortunate to have found Mr. Hamawi when looking for an attorney. Already overwhelmed by my case, I was calmed by his professionalism and patient explanations. Throughout my case, Mr. Hamawi went beyond expectations and put in effort and actions that made a positive outcome possible. My children and I appreciated his hard work and caring attitude. During our stressful times, to have had him as a guide and advocate made an unpleasant situation comfortable. I highly recommend him in fire, property damage, and insurance cases.
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Posted by Sam | March 4, 2022
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Mrs
Attorney Rabih Hamawi is a knowledgeable, kind, helpful, honest, and straight forward person! I would recommend him to anyone I know especially family in fire, property-damage, and insurance-coverage cases! He will guide you through every step of the way! He will fight for you until the very last drop! He’s a top-notch attorney, and I was at ease because I knew he was working very hard to get me a win! I’m very thankful for him and how hard he worked on my very difficult case, or else my case would have never been won! Thank you again for everything, I will never forget the great job you did!
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Posted by Sam | July 23, 2021
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Great Attorney
Hi Rabih! Just a note to say thank you for the exceptional services you provided me in 2019 against local Restoration Company for water damage in my basement, and against my Homeowners Insurance Company for the water damage claim, and again in 2021 with the settlement of a storage bill with the same Restoration Company. I am sure that I am not the only individual that has ever been exposed to water damage or insurance claims. This was my first. With all my years paying the best Home Owners Insurance available, I thought the insurance company would properly handle my claim. Wrong! The fine print in these Insurance Policies is drafted for the Insurance Company’s benefit and they take every edge not to pay the full damage. The average individual has no idea. I can only say that if I ever hear of someone that has a Home Owners Insurance problem with fire, water, vandalism, property damage or any other insurance-coverage issue to reach out to attorney Rabih Hamawi at 248-905-1133. Don’t hesitate, he is the top in this field. I will definitely recommend the services of the Law Office of Rabih Hamawi. Thank you Sam Scotella
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Posted by Octavia | June 10, 2021
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Client
After searching for a attorney, I was very pleased to have found Mr. Hamawi. He was very helpful, punctual, the communication with himself and his secretary was awesome.His team was genuine which was most important to us.Overall, I would definitely recommend Mr. Hamawi. He is very good at providing a solid delivery and in winning insurance cases against insurance companies.
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Posted by Tyrone | March 3, 2021
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Great Attorne! that will win and settle your claim.
The law office of Rabih Hamawi is a very professional law firm that gives 100% in fighting on the behalf of their clients. Mr Hamawi is very truthful, knowledgeable, and honest. Signing on as a client, you have to be patient for the insurance claim waiting process, however the outcome of your claim is satisfactory. I would highly recommend the Law firm of Rabih Hamawi in settling your fire insurance claim. Tyrone Bailey
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Posted by Ron | January 12, 2021
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Attorney Rabih Hamawi (Highly Reccommend!!!)
Knowledgeable, diligent, strategic, and reliable are a few of the many words that come to mind when I think about attorney Rabih Hamawi and my experience with him. When I initially brought him my case, he informed me that resolving it would be a challenge but he would do the best he could. And he did! He always kept me up to date, thought 2 and 3 steps ahead, and his years of expertise in the field gave us the best strategy to get my case resolved. I was very impressed with how transparent he was each step of the way, giving updates immediately after he received them. I was very confident in his work and his advice through this process knowing he had my best interest. After 2 and a half years fighting in court, I’m very pleased that my very difficult case is now successfully resolved and that I finally have peace of mind! I am very thankful to him and his team. If you are looking for an attorney that vigorously fights insurance companies for wrongful denial of fire and property damage insurance claims, look no further. I highly recommend attorney Rabih Hamawi!
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Posted by Robby | December 9, 2020
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Great job
We would like to thank Rabih Hamawi and his Law firm for exceptional detail in following up with all our questions and concerns regarding our lawsuit against our previous insurance agent for his negligence and for successfully resolving it. Thank you so much. Robby Golobo. Atlas Asphalt
Posted by Al | September 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Results! Check!
Owning and operating a small business is a combination of joy and pain. There is the joy of meeting our neighbors and sharing with them our passion for coffee and community. And the pain of fixing problems that can happen on a daily basis with business operations that require quick resolution. But then there are problems that happen that are caused by others and are beyond your control. When that happens help is needed. We ran into this type of problem in June 2019 when an industrial accident caused sewage to back up into our business through floor drains, made our restroom inoperable, and damaged several other spaces in the building where our business is located. After months of trying to negotiate a settlement with the contractor and its parent company without any resolution, we sought the advice of an attorney to seek restitution for the damages caused to our business location and operations. We met with Attorney Rabih Hamawi and he became our advocate and counsel. He advised us on the best strategy to pursue a resolution with this company that was unwilling to negotiate with us. He filed a lawsuit on our behalf and got their attention. They came to the table and listened to him and he was able to negotiate a settlement with them without having to go to trial. A settlement that was much higher than what we thought is possible and almost double the amount we had initially hoped for. Results achieved. Problem solved. Attorney Hamawi came to our defense and solved our problem, all of this during the COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic, within six months of hire, and saving us the time and considerable cost of a trial. Thanks, Rabih for the win!
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Posted by Kandice | August 17, 2020
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BHA
Mr. Hamawi helped me out tremendously. He did not take my case due to special circumstances, but he counseled me and offered useful advice tailored to my situation. He's very knowledgeable and is great at what he does! If you're looking for a trustworthy attorney who listens, he's your guy. You won't be disappointed!
Posted by Patrick | July 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
5 Star Attorney
Mr. Hamawi has been an excellent attorney, He’s very knowledgeable and is a vigorous fighter for justice. He has been honest, very professional and most importantly easily accessible. I will recommend Mr. Hamawi to anyone looking for a dependable hard-working attorney. He is also one of the best attorneys in Michigan in my opinion. I have a great deal of respect and admire Mr. Hamawi’s work ethics. He is a man of his word. Mr. Hamawi works twice as hard as other attorneys. It has been a pleasure to have such a great attorney represent me.
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Posted by Stacey | July 7, 2020
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Insurance Claim
Attorney Rabih Hamawi was excellent to work with. He’s very knowledgeable and confident in his cases. He provides great support and is responsive as well as professional. I would definitely refer him to anyone fighting with insurance companies to receive full compensation for denied, delayed or underpaid insurance cases.
Posted by Lisa | May 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing
I was referred to attorney Rabih Hamawi by the State Bar of Michigan. I was quickly impressed with his knowledge and expertise of Homeowners insurance law. He quickly and easily explained my options and made the entire process easy for me to understand.  Speaking with Rabih Hamawi gave me the confidence we needed at this time of stress. I would highly recommend him and his services.  
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Posted by James | May 28, 2020
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Exceptional Attorney
Attorney Hamawi has been an amazing resource to level the playfield between the common individual and large insurance companies. I am very thankful that I was referred to him, he is truly a Godsend for those who are taking advantage of by predatory insurance companies. From day one he has been understanding, empathic and honest about his practices and education on how to appropriately navigate the claim resolutions. I felt helpless, irate, and lost. Through his guidance, the burden was immediately relieved, and I am so thankful to say it is directly because of his knowledge and efforts that I found resolution for my car theft and fire claim. He made sure my insurance claim was fully paid. Thank you for fighting for me and ensuring there was no negative backlash and consequences to a horrible situation.
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Posted by John | May 20, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
I cannot recommend them enough.
Honestly, Rabih and his staff are some of the best legal experts I've ever seen and/or worked with. Not only are they prompt at getting back to you (rare in the legal field) but they also genuinely care about you & your family. I personally didn't hire Rabih given my specific situation but it turns out that was a really good thing because it would have been a massive waste of money/time to hire a lawyer in my specific situation. He could have taken advantage of my situation but instead he went above and beyond when consulting my case and gave me an ABUNDANCE of information regarding how to get my family into a better situation legally. The Law Office of Rabih Hamawi is the ONLY law firm I will trust my family with when it comes to Home Insurance Claim disputes going forward. I cannot recommend them enough.
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Posted by ANTWAN | March 30, 2020
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Business owner
In June of 2017, my office building was destroyed by fire. I tried communicating with the insurance company, but they gave me the run around and eventually denied my claim. So, in late July I reached out to two attorneys. I talked to one, then the other. The second was Rabih Hamawi, and needless to say after talking to Rabih, I knew immediately who my attorney was. Rabih was informed and well versed in insurance law. When the insurance company denied my claim, Rabih was ready to fight for me. He always stayed one step ahead and kept me informed every step of the way. After filing a lawsuit in federal court and fighting with the insurance company for two and a half years, Rabih obtained a settlement that surpassed my expectations. So, if you happen to find yourself in the unlucky position of having to fight an insurance company for what you deserve, make Rabih Hamawi your first call, he is the fighter that you need. You can thank me later.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2020
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Review
Anyone looking for a Top-Notch Attorney look no further. Rabih Hamawi is your man. When you retain Mr. Hamawi, you can sit back, relax, and watch him go to work. He keeps you informed and updated on all matters at hand. To be skeptical of your case is natural, Rabih made my stress go away and got the job done. Let me say THANK YOU!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Fabian, Sklar and King, P.C.
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Legal Intern
  • United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District Of Michigan
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Law Clerk-Appellate Department
  • Collins Einhorn Farrell, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Legal Intern
  • United States District Court Eastern District Of Michigan
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Managing Principal
  • The Universe Financial Group
  • 2005 - 2015
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Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Walsh College
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2008
  • Lebanese University Faculty of Law, Political and Administrative Sciences
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Fire Damage

Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Insurance and Indemnity Law
  • Chair-Elect
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Property Insurance Law Committee
  • Vice Chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Insurance and Indemnity Law Section
  • Council Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Section
  • Council Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • ICLE New Lawyers Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • The Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Michigan Association of Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Institute of Risk Managers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English

Awards

  • Graduate Leadership Achievement Award
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • 2014
  • Law Review Board Award
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • 2014

Publications

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Other Insurance Clauses in Insurance Policies
  • 2017
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Insurable Interest and a Claimant's Status in Property Insurance Policies: Some Prerequisites to Recovery
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Oakland County Bar Association American Inn of Court
  • Basics of Michigan No-Fault Law
  • 2017
  • American Bar Association
  • Property Insurance Conference
  • 2017
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • The Changing Face of Law: What Innovative Attorneys are Doing Today to Succeed
  • 2014
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Dispute Resolution and Human Value: A Required Chemistry
  • 2014
  • Risk Management and Insurance Law
  • Risk Management and Insurance Law
  • 2014
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Michigan's No-Fault Reform Scholarly Paper
  • 2013
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Social Media and Law
  • 2012
  • CIRM
  • The ISO Homeowner's Insurance Policy
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (21)
Endorse Rabih
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Insurance Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hamawi offers valuable advice and insight."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highest recommendations. Attorney Hamawi is experienced and highly respected."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hamawi displays genuine concern in every question he answers on Avvo. Attorney Hamawis' answers reflect a solid understanding of the law and a quick grasp of the applicable law in every situation. He also gives practical solutions. I endorse this lawyer for insurance matters."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rabih deals with insurance companies on disputed claims. Retention of his services is needed preferably before you get into any disputes on claims but most definitely after a dispute arises..."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rabih has a well deserved reputation in the legal community and is a strong advocate for his clients."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rabih is an exceptional insurance attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. He is highly regarded in the legal community."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rabih Hamawi. He is an excellent attorney, true expert in his field, master of the English language and its interpretation in transactional and insurance context. Rabih is aggressive, yet compassionate, with an excellent grasp of evidential and procedural issues."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Hamawi. Rabih is known in the community for aggressive client representation, and a passion for what he does."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rabih is known in the lawyer community for providing timely and smart advice to his fellow lawyers who have cases within his area of expertise, making insurance claims against big insurance companies. Those homeowners and business owners with insurance claims in Michigan would be well advised to consult with this "lawyer's lawyer" on their own insurance matters, and not go it alone against the insurance adjuster."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hamawi is that rare breed of lawyer who brings to the legal profession the expertise of a career and training in another field. As the managing principal for an insurance and financial services agency, Mr. Hamawi built a career learning the intricacies of risk management, underwriting, and insurance counseling. He then proceeded to law school where he excelled as a top tier student earning the prestigious distinction of being named to his law school's law review. He is a force to be reckoned with. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hamawi provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rabih is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered his primary area of practice over the course of his professional experience. His sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of his cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for his services."
Insurance Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rabih for all insurance related matters. He is an excellent attorney, driven to produce results for his clients, and is someone I have the utmost respect for."
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Southfield Insurance Lawyer Rabih Hamawi
Rabih Hamawi
Insurance Attorney
Southfield, MI
Licensed for 6 years
Free Consultation