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Themis J. Fotieo

Workers compensation Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1976
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Themis

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FOR 46 YEARS I HAVE AGGRESSIVELY AND SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED MANY DISABLED CLAIMANTS/WORKERS.

For 46 years I have aggressively and successfully represented many disabled claimants/workers.

Over the last four decades I have helped lead the charge in defending the Workers Compensation Law to stem the tide of unwarranted and harmful changes.

From the moment I first meet my client I begin contemplating how to best present the case.  More importantly, I believe that a good trial lawyer does not just sit back and hope that the case will try itself. Instead, I enjoy thinking and planning how to best present the case.  I consider my client to be a key member of the trial team. Too often, attorneys leave their clients in the dark on important issues that may arise.  I have been amazed at how often my clients are able to provide me with excellent arguments and facts to counter the latest attack from the insurance defense attorney. I enjoy the battle. I enjoy the negotiating. But most of all, I enjoy cross-examining the insurance company's witnesses. More often, than not, I will call the personnel director or supervisor as my first witness. This tends to surprise them. Even though many defense lawyers know that I will do this, I am still amazed at what good evidence we can elicit out of the mouths of the defendant’s own representatives. 

Except for 7 years of college and law school in Ann Arbor and a brief stint in Washington DC, I have been a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, MI.  

See endorsement at :  Posted by a Consumer on 10/30/10: “A detail-oriented lawyer who looks at every single aspect of the situation. He handled a very complicated, unusual aspect of this lawsuit to get fair compensation for future expenses etc.”  Themis J. Fotieo - Lawyer in Grand Rapids, Michigan (MI) -

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2014
Top Contributor
2014

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Believe it or not, this is not the Michigan Law School Library.  It is the Cafeteria.
Unlike most people, I loved my entire law school experience.  This is the reading room of the Michigan Law Library where I spent countless hours researching and studying the law.  Great Memories!
This is the exterior of the University of Michigan Law School Library.  Gorgeous and inspiring!

Location

Themis J. Fotieo
Suite 606 McKay Tower
146 Monroe Center Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Reviews

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Posted by Bob | September 18, 2013
Mr. Themis Fotieo was a god-send.
After I was told that I needed reverse shoulder replacement surgery, I knew that I could never go back to my former employment and would have great difficulty finding equivalent employment within the severe restrictions I would have. However, I was not financially or personally ready for retirement. My daughter is a senior claims adjuster for a large national insurance company. She makes settlement offers to injured or disabled persons who are suing her company for damages. She spends much time in courtrooms. She works directly with attorneys and has many attorney friends. She told me, "Dad, you need a good workman's comp attorney." I asked, "Who?" She said, "I will talk to my attorneys and find the best one out there." She called back later and told me that all her attorneys agreed that Themis Fotieo was the best workman's comp attorney. I was very impressed with Mr. Fotieo himself and his personal and professional ethics. He spent much time on my case. He continually sent me information on the progress of my case. If he wasn't readily available, he always returned my calls in a timely manner. He did an outstanding job. He not only won my case and a good settlement, but got me social security disability on the first attempt. I am so thankful for Mr. Fotieo. He was a god-send. On the day my case was settled before the judge, Mr. Fotieo summarized my case. After he finished, the judge stated, "Mr. Fotieo is well prepared as always. He has the respect of both his peers and his clients. Including me!
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2013
was an excellent Lawyer
he was an excellent Lawyer, kept me informed on everything, explained everything, so that I could understand, worked hard and did all he could to get the settlement I deserved. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Douglas | April 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Raging bull !
I have had the privilege of working with Themis for many years, he handled my Social Security and Workers compensation cases. I did what he said and won both. He is one of the best in his field without a question. There are alot of attorneys in the state of Michigan but you will not find a more determined person who will fight for your rights. Like the title says , he is a raging bull who never stops with a fight to the end attitude.
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Posted by Patrick Logan | June 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Contacting Themis was the best decision I could have made!
I had already retained another Worker's Compensation attorney who did absolutely nothing for a year. When I would ask for updates I would either be ignored or criticized. In frustration, I contacted Themis. Despite the fact I had an involved and quite difficult case he said he would take it and within a couple of months he had the other side talking settlement - and in less than four months we came to a settlement. Themis is a hard working, no-nonsense attorney who is not afraid to fight for you and answers your questions quickly, accurately, and honestly. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quite possibly the best comp attorney in the state.
I have been a quadriplegic for over 46 years and have needed legal representation many times over the years, and have had many different attorneys represent me regarding coverage issues with my Workers Compensation carrier. Mr. Fotieo has provided the best legal counsel I have ever had. He went above and beyond what I expected him to do, getting me a settlement much larger than I thought possible.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2015
J Doe
Themis was one of the best lawyers I could find for a auto related injury claim. Did his very best from day one to inform me of my rights and get me maximum compensation for lifelong injuries. I would highly recommend him hands down to anyone, and he may even save you money in the end.
Posted by Deiana | September 16, 2014
consultation with Themis J. Fotieo
After my first consultation with Themis J. Fotieo My husband and I left feeling confident that him and his staff will give my case a 110 % dedication. He took the time to listen to what I had to say and made sure I understood the information surrounding my case. Very knowledgeable! Both Themis and his staff are very quick to respond and very nice.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 10%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Themis J. Fotieo, PLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • President
  • Reamon, Fotieo and House, PC
  • 1976 - 2018

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Unversity of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • WC - Trampoline Case
  • Two Million with Special Needs Trust
  • WC - Construction Injury - Arising Out of Issue"
  • 2.5 Million
  • Romero v Burt Moeke Hardwoods, Inc, 280 Mich App 1 (2008) on remand from 475 Mich 883 (2006)
  • Court ruled that the Plaintiff satisfied Sington proofs for disability and that the opportunity to accommodate was not an absolute right. Further, the Court upheld a finding of "loss of industrial use of the leg”.
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Associations

  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • Advisory Board (Kent County)
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Social Security Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Workers' Compensation Law Section
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1977 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Rating: Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Rated
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Rating: Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Rated
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Rating: Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Rated
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Rated
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2014
  • Top Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top Rated
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Rated
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Top Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Top Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (30)
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Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Themis Fotieo is a brilliant and tenacious advocate for injured workers. Attorneys throughout the state look to him for creative ideas on developing and winning their cases. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a lawyer in Grand Rapids, MI. Themis Fotieo is the best lawyer in Grand Rapids, MI. Get him to take your case if at all possible."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Themis Fotieo enjoys a reputation as a preeminent accident and injury lawyer in Michigan. It has been my pleasure to consult with him on cases and refer cases outside my area of specialty. Themis Fotieo has my unqualified endorsement."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Themis is terrific!"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Awesome attorney. He knows his business and works hard to get the best results for his client. I endorse this lawyer."
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Grand Rapids Workers compensation Lawyer Themis J. Fotieo
Themis J. Fotieo
Workers compensation Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 47 years