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About me

I am a trial lawyer who truly cares about my clients.  I have been practicing law in all Michigan courts since 1984.  Over the course of my 30 year career practicing law, my firms, partner, and associates have represented thousands of clients, and litigated hundreds of cases, obtaining settlements totaling millions of dollars.

When you retain my to represent you, be assured that I will personally handle all aspects of your case.  I will fight for those injured due to the negligence of the other driver, whether the case involves a rear end collision, motorcycle accident, trucking accident, rollover, side collisions, or side collisions.

I will determine who is responsible, whose insurance policy pays for your expenses and losses, and what you can expect to recover for pain and suffering if the accident was someone else’s fault. 

I will first attempt to settle your claim out of court by negotiating with the responsible insurance company.  If a fair settlement cannot be reached, I will advise you on the feasibility of filing a lawsuit. 

If I file a lawsuit on your behalf, I will help you, every step of the way. 

I CHARGE NO ATTORNEY FEE IF THERE IS NO RECOVERY on any injury case where I am retained on a contingent fee basis. 

My firm also helps clients with a full range of legal matters including: business law, reviewing contracts, setting up Limited Liability Companies, and resolving probate disputes between heirs and beneficiaries.


Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 45%
    31 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    31 years
  3. General Practice: 15%
    31 years
  4. Business: 15%
    31 years
  5. Personal Injury: 5%
    31 years



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  • Michael E. Piston

    I endorse this lawyer. I knew Phil back when he (like me) was just starting out and already in an office full of experienced PI attorneys he stood out as the one you went to when you needed a straight answer to a straight question, had a difficult matter or actually wanted to get something done. I continue to have great faith in his candor and ability.


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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have sent many cases to Phil over the last 25 years and have always been happily satisfied.


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Contact info

39111 Six Mile Road
Suite 130
Livonia, MI, 48152


MIActive And In Good Standing198408/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
"10 Best" Personal Injury Law Attorneys in MichiganAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Class HonorsMichigan State University College of Law1984
Graduate with High DistinctionUniversity of Michigan-Dearborn1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerCherkinsky & Goutman, PLC1992 - Present
Lead Trial AttorneyCherkinsky & Goutman, PLC1991 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of MichiganMember1984 - Present
Michigan Association For JusticeMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Automobile Accident$50,000 Settlement
No Fault Survivor Loss Claim122,130.00 Settlement
Probate Dispute102,500 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Bar JournalReal Harm Beneath Open and Obvious Humor2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WNZK Radio GuestMotorcycle Accident Cases in Michigan2015
WNZK Radio GuestAutomobile Accident Cases2015
WNZK Radio GuestMichigan Negligence Law2013
Governmental Immunity in MichiganExceptions to Governmental Immunity in Michigan1991