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I have successfully completed hundreds of medical negligence cases on behalf of injured victims, and was the plaintiff attorney involved in the largest reported medical malpractice case settlement in the state of Michigan for the year 2002. I have been selected by my peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (from 2008 to 2015) in the specialty of Personal Injury Litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 60%
    3 years
  2. Birth Injury: 20%
    3 years
  3. Car Accident: 15%
    3 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    3 years



Contingent (20-33%)

Payment types:

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  • Joseph T. Barberi

    Rick is an outstanding trial lawyer in the specialty of personal injury cases. I have worked with Rick on over 50 medical malpractice cases over the span of twenty years. I have also consulted Rick on serious auto negligence cases and always found his advice to be extremely helpful. Rick gets great results and is well respected by both his clients and his peers.


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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Sommers Schwartz P.C.

One Towne Square, Ste 1700
Southfield, MI, 48076


MIActive And In Good Standing197608/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Michigan Super LawyersMichigan Super Lawyer2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Michigan Super LawyersMichigan Super Lawyer2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Michigan Super LawyersMichigan Super Lawyer2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Michigan Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Michigan Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2011
Michigan Super LawyersMichigan Super Lawyers2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Michigan Super LawyersMichigan Super Lawyers2009
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Best Laywers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Michigan Super LawyersMichigan Super Lawyers2007
Michigan Super LawyersMichigan Super Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior ShareholderSommers Schwartz P.C.1978 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brain Damaged Infant$3.7 Million
Pediatrician fails to recognize dehydration$1.1 Million
Perforation during hernia repair$1.165 Million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Aspen PublicationsMichigan Civil Procedure Forms-PracticeN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Detroit College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Central Michigan UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationRepresnting The Elderly Client in a Personal Injury CaseN/A