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As head of Michigan Auto Law, Steven M. Gursten focuses his practice on serious auto and truck accident injury and wrongful death cases.


Steve frequently lectures at legal seminars throughout the country on trial advocacy, trucking litigation, and traumatic brain injury cases.  He is the annual moderator and speaker at the “Advanced Motor Vehicle Litigation Seminar,” offered through 360 Advocacy.


He is the current President of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and a Past Chair of the American Association (AAJ) for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group.  Steve is also the chair-elect of the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for 2017.  In addition, he serves on the executive boards of the Melvin M. Belli Society and represents the state of Michigan in the Taos Trial Lawyers Society, an invitation-only group of distinguished trial attorneys from around the country.


Steve has recovered the top-reported jury verdict for a car or truck accident in Michigan for multiple years, according to published reports. He's also recovered the top-reported settlements for car or truck accidents for multiple years, including a $34 million truck accident settlement in 2014 with Ohio co-counsel. 


In this capacity, Steve was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year," after recovering of the largest truck accident settlements in Michigan history, as well four other top-reported trial verdicts in previous years.



Steve is also listed in Best Lawyers in America. And he's been voted a “Best of the Best” Top 100 Lawyer in the state of Michigan by Super Lawyers, among only 10 lawyers in the field of personal injury litigation.  


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 34%
    21 years
  2. Trucking Accident: 33%
    21 years
  3. Car Accident: 33%
    21 years



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  • Todd A. Kaluzny

    Steve is a lawyer at the top of his game. He has had more awards over a million dollars than anyone I know. He is a highly skilled litigator and is always prepared. Having Steve in your corner means that you have already won. His track record speaks for itself.


    Todd Kaluzny Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Marc Christopher Lenahan

    Michigan law is as different a beast as there is the U.S. Whenever I have a client who needs help in any matter touching upon the law there, I grab the phone and dial Steve. There is nobody there I trust more.


    Marc Lenahan Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Michigan Auto Law

30101 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, MI, 48334

Michigan Auto Law (Gursten, Koltonow, Gursten, Christensen and Raitt, PC)

146 Monroe Center NW
Suite 1330
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Michigan Auto Law (Gursten, Koltonow, Gursten, Christensen and Raitt, PC)

615 Griswold Street
Suite 402
Detroit, MI, 48226-3680

Michigan Auto Law (Gursten, Koltonow, Gursten, Christensen and Raitt, PC)

122 S. Main Street
Suite 220
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104



MIActive And In Good Standing199508/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Michigan Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
AV-Rated LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyerNational Trial Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers, Best Law Firm - First-Tier rankingU.S. News & World Report2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2015
Top 100 Lawyers in the State of MichiganSuper Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in Metro DetroitDBusiness Magazine2013
Best LawyersCrain's Detroit Business2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMichigan Auto Law1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Truck Accident AttorneysBoard of Regents2016 - Present
Melvin M. Belli SocietyParliamentarian2015 - Present
Truck Accident Attorneys RoundtableCo-Founder2011 - Present
Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2011 - Present
State of Michigan Model Civil Jury InstructionsSubcommittee Member2010 - Present
Sarah Jane Brain ProjectLawyer Committee Member2008 - Present
TAOS Injury LawyersMember2008 - Present
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaBoard of Governors2007 - Present
American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injuries Litigation GroupBoard Member2007 - Present
Michigan Association for Justice Automobile Accident No-Fault CommiteeCo-Chair2007 - 2009
American Association for Justice Interstate Truck Litigation GroupPresident2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidential$7 million settlement
Confidential$34 million settlement
Modzelewski-Shekoski, et al. v. Allied Excavation Inc., et alVerdict $2.55 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Self publishedThe Attorneys' Guide to the Best Auto Insurance Companies2013
AmazonHow to Keep Your Children Safe2010
AmazonHow to Repair Your Car Damage2010
AmazonGuide to Michigan No-Fault Law2010
AmazonHow to Choose the Right Lawyer2010
AmazonWhat Auto Insurance is Right for Me?2010
Self publishedProtecting Your Legal Rights After an Auto Accident2010
Michigan Lawyers ManualHandling Automobile Accident Cases2002
State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section QuarterlySteve has written several articles for this publication2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of MichiganN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ROI2016Legal Blogging for Business: Ethical and Compassionate Blogging by Real Lawyers2016
National WebinarProving Damages in Motor Vehicle Cases2016
Music City SymposiumProtecting your TBI Client from Defense Tactics2016
Jazz Fest SeminarMaking Small Cases Big Cases2016
Jazz FestMaking Small Auto Accident Cases into Big Auto Accident Cases2016
Auto Crash Litigation 3.1 ConferenceSettlement and Negotiation Strategies in Auto Accident Cases2016
Annual SymposiumDemo: Closing Argument – Asking for the Money2016
Annual Legal ConferenceHow to Protect an Auto Accident Victim from an IME2016
2016 Annual ConventionBetter Settlements for Truck Accident Cases2016
13th Annual ConferenceBulletproofing the TBI Plaintiff from Defense Attacks2016
Workhorse SeminarHow to Add $1 Million to Your Auto Accident Practice in 20152015
Seminarweb national webinarThe Mild Brain Injury Car Accident Case2015
National webinarMild Traumatic Brain Injury in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases2015
Lawyernomics 2015An Innovative Law Firm Business Model2015
How to Win Trucking Cases - Advanced CourseSettlement Tips and Strategies in Truck Accident Cases2015
Evening ForumProving Negligent Entrustment and in Trucking Claims2015
Boardwalk SeminarBuilding the Client-Centered Law Firm for the 21st Century2015
Auto Crash Litigation 3.0Maximizing Damages in the Brain Injury Case2015
Auto Crash Litigation 3.0Teaching Lawyers How to Develop a Cutting-Edge Auto Torts Practice that Separates you from the Competition2015
Annual meetingHow to Create A Client Centered Office2015
2015 No Fault InstituteWhat Michigan attorneys can learn from a record truck accident settlement2015
Workhorse SeminarBuilding the 21st Century Personal Injury Law Firm: Part II2014
Personal Injury Litigation SeminarHelping Lawyers to Take Auto Accident Settlements to the Next Level2014
No Fault InstituteTeaching Lawyers How to Win Traumatic Brain Injury Cases at Trial2014
ConnectionologyHow to Build, Maintain and Operate a Cutting-Edge Auto Torts Practice2014
Auto Accident Litigation 3.0Developing a Cutting-Edge Injury Practice2014
Auto Accident Litigation 3.0Maximizing Brain Injury Cases for Settlement and Trial2014
Advocacy Evening No Fault ForumModerator2014
2014 Annual ConventionTruck Accident Litigation Seminar2014
2014 Annual ConferenceProving Mild TBI to Insurance Adjusters and Juries2014
2014 Annual ConferenceYoung Lawyers Develop a Practice that Helps People and Achieves Great Results2014
Voir Dire SeminarJury Bias: Battling the Misperceptions of Tort Reform2013
The Belli Society SeminarHow to Win a Truck Accident Case with 5 Truckers on Your Jury2013
No Fault Institute 2013Maximizing Truck Wreck Cases2013
Annual ConferenceEmerging Trends for Personal Injury Lawyers2013
American Association for Justice 2013 Annual ConventionHidden Injuries in the Bus, School Bus and Truck Accident Case2013
2013 Workhorse SeminarHow to Maximize Auto Accident Settlements by Building a 21st Century Personal Injury Law Office2013
Workhorse SeminarIncreasing Settlements in Auto Accident Tort Practices2012
Supreme Summer SeminarHow Titan Insurance v. Hyten Affects Michigan Auto Accident Victims2012
New Lawyers WorkshopGetting the Highest Car Accident Settlement2012
National Trial Lawyers SummitTrucking Cases and Client Advocacy2012
Michigan Association for Justice Summer SeminarNew Ways to Overcome Jury Bias and Increase Personal Injury Damages2012
It's All About the DamagesUnderstanding Chronic Pain2012
How to Win Trucking Cases SeminarHow to Maximize Damages in Truck Accident Lawsuits2012
CLE 90-minute WebinarAuto Accident Claims: The Influence of Colossus on Recoveries2012
Annual ConferenceHelping Accident Victims: A Fresh Approach for Injury Lawyers2012
Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee MeetingFor Personal Injury Lawyers: Niche Specialization in Auto Accident Cases2011
Personal Injury Litigators SummitRestructuring Your Auto Practice for Efficiency2011
No-Fault InstituteTraumatic Brain Injury Cases: New Legal Strategies/Tactics2011
Insurance Settlement Mediation SummitExploring the Value of Auto Accident Cases: Novel Ways to Build Damages2011
Evening conferenceVoir Dire Seminar for Personal Injury Attorneys2011
Car Crash SymposiumHow Truck Accidents are Different from Car Accidents – What Lawyers Need to Know to Achieve Top Truck Accident Settlements2011
Annual meetingDarwin and the Evolution of Trial Lawyers – How to Reach and Connect with Today's Juries2011
American Association for Justice annual conferenceHow to Lawyer the Big Truck Accident Case2011
Advanced trial classHow Michigan Accident Attorneys Should Approach Auto Injury Cases After McCormick v. Carrier2011
Student lectureTips for Law Students Considering a Career as a Personal Injury Attorney2010
State Bar of Michigan Annual MeetingRepresenting Injured Personal Injury Victims and Finding Value in Car Accident Claims After McCormick v. Carrier2010
No-Fault InstituteLitigation tips for Michigan personal injury attorneys after McCormick v. Carrier2010
No-Fault InstituteHow to Settle Auto Accident Cases After McCormick v. Carrier2010
Michigan Association for Justice Trial InstituteFaculty: How To Try An Auto Case in Michigan2010
Michigan Association for Justice Trial InstituteOpening Statements and Cross Examination of Defense "Independent" Medical Examiner2010
Michigan Association for Justice Evening ForumHow to Settle Personal Injury Cases for More Money: Five Tips to Maximizing Car Accident Settlements2010
ICLE Personal Injury Lawyers SeminarRepresenting Injured Personal Injury Victims and Finding Value in Car Accident Claims After McCormick v. Carrier2010
American Association for Justice Interstate Truck Litigation conferenceCommercial Transportation Rules of the Road2010
Michigan Association for Justice conferenceThe Disabling Brain Injury that Most Lawyers Miss2009
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America webcastMaximizing Damages in Trucking Cases: Missed Opportunities in Protecting Clients2009
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America conferenceMaximizing Personal Injury Damages in Trucking Accident Cases2009
American Association for Justice annual conferenceTraumatic Brain Injuries in Trucking Cases2009
American Association for Justice annual conferenceUsing Fatigue in Car Accident Cases to Recover Economic Damages and Prove Disability2009
Thomas M. Cooley Law School classPersonal Injury and Insurance Law for Future Lawyers2008
Michigan Association for Justice conferenceClosing Argument in Automobile Accident Case2008
Michigan Association for Justice conferenceTraumatic Brain Injury Law in Michigan2008
Institute of Continuing Legal Education conferenceLocating and Effectively Dealing with Experts on Direct and Cross Examination in First- and Third-Party Litigation2008
Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America conferenceMaximizing Personal Injury Damages in Trucking Accident Cases2008
American Association for Justice Interstate Truck Litigation Group conferenceTeaching Lawyers How to Handle Truck Accident Cases2008
American Association for Justice conferenceLitigating Truck Accident Cases2008
American Association for Justice conferenceFatigue in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases2008
Thomas M. Cooley Law School classUnderstanding Serious Impairment of Body Function and Third-Party Tort Litigation2007
Michigan No-Fault InstituteLitigating Traumatic Brain Injury Cases in Michigan2007
Michigan Association for Justice seminarPreparing for Battle2007
Institute of Continuing Legal Education conferenceDealing with IMEs and DMEs after Michigan Auto Accident Cases2007
American Association for Justice conferenceLitigating Truck Accident Cases2007
Thomas M. Cooley Law School classCareers as a Personal Injury Lawyer in Michigan2006
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association conferenceKreiner Forum2006
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association conferenceAchieving the Highest Settlements and Jury Verdicts for Car Accidents2006
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association conferenceKreiner Evening Forum2006
Michigan No-Fault InstituteLawyers Auto Accident Survival Guide2006
Institute of Continuing Legal Education conferenceWinning the Michigan Auto Accident Case: Increasing Settlement Values and Trial Verdicts Through the Plaintiff, Treating Doctors, PME and Defendant’s Own Doctors2006
American Association for Justice conferenceLitigating Truck Accident Cases2006