A practitioner for nearly thirty years, Julie Fershtman represents clients in a broad range of business, personal injury, and insurance coverage litigation pertaining to several industries. Her clients range from major insurance companies and businesses in to individuals. Her work includes trials, arbitrations/ADR, and appeals.
In addition, she is widely considered to be one of the nation's leading practitioners in equine law. She has handled matters for a national clientele involving contract disputes, fraud, association liability, partnership disputes, and personal injury liability. She has helped draft and advocate for legislation impacting the industry. Her peers selected her to become a fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys, one of approximately 20 lawyers in the country to achieve this distinction, and she has served as an officer of the organization.
She has achieved numerous courtroom victories and has successfully tried cases before juries in four states. Clients have selected her to serve as pro hac vice (specially admitted out of state)counsel in state and federal courts in Florida, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.
In addition to her law practice, Ms. Fershtman is active in bar associations. She completed her 2011-2012 term as President of the State Bar of Michigan, a 44, 000-member mandatory bar, and was only the fifth woman in the bar's then 77-year history to be elected to its presidency. She is well-known to the judges and lawyers in Michigan through her bar leadership and, most recently, her co-chair work in 2015 and 2016 for the State Bar of Michigan's 21st Century Practice Task Force. She is a Trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and a fellow of the American, Michigan, and Oakland County Bar Foundations.
A frequent author on legal issues, she has written over 400 published articles, three books, and two blogs. A highly sought-after national speaker in 29 states, her topics cover issues involving law, liability, agribusiness, insurance, equine law, and risk management. Her speaking engagements include a law school commencement address, panels at two ABA Annual Meetings, Property & Liability Resource Bureau National Claims Conferences in three states, and conferences of the State Bar of Michigan, New York State Bar Association, and Washington State Bar Association.
Books and Web Sites Authored:
•Julie's personal website: http://www.fershtmanlaw.com
•Julie's State Bar President blog: http://www.sbmpres2012.com
•Equine Law Website and Blog: www.equinelaw.net and Equine Law Blog
•Contributor, The Road to Independence, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA Publishing, 2011. ISBN 978-1-61632-084-3. 2011.
•Co-author, co-editor, Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers, ABA Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-60442-001-02. 2009.
•Author, MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense, Horses & the Law Publishing, 2000, ISBN 0-9648430-1-3.
•Author, Equine Law & Horse Sense, Horses & the Law Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0-964-8430-0-5.
•Contributor, Marketing Success Stories, ABA Law Practice Management Section. ABA Publishing, 1997. ISBN 1-57073-399-6.
•Contributor, Marketing Success Stories, Second Edition. ABA Law Practice Management Section. ABA Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-59031-251-1.
•Contributor, American Bar Association Legal Guide for Dog Owners, ABA Publishing, 2014.
•Contributor, Horse Industry Handbook, American Youth Horse Council, 2008.
•Three Foster Swift Attorneys Named to dbusiness 2016 Top Lawyers, November 9, 2015
•21 Foster Swift Attorneys named to 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 8, 2015
•Julie Fershtman Selected for Two Additional Michigan Super Lawyers Honors, September 8, 2015
•44 Foster Swift Attorneys Named to 2016 Best Lawyers in America Roster, August 21, 2015
•Foster Swift Attorney Julie Fershtman Selected for Michigan's State Bar 21st Century Task Force, July 17, 2015
•Attorney Julie Fershtman awarded the State Bar of Michigan's Michael Franck Award, September 19, 2014
•2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 5, 2014
•Enforceability of Liability Releases: Recurring Issues and Drafting Considerations, National Conference on Equine Law, May 4, 2016
•Liability Releases in the Equine Industry: Recurring Enforcement Issues & Drafting Considerations, National Conference on Equine Law, May 4, 2016
•International Risk Management Association Agribusiness Conference, April 27, 2016
•Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Equine Activity Liability Acts But Were Afraid to Ask, Equestrian Professional National Webinar, December 14, 2015
•All My Children Wear Fur Coats with Peggy Hoyt, Nature's Channel, November 2, 2015
•Equine Liability & Risk Management, Kansas Association of Insurance Agents Agribusiness Insurance Conference, October 21, 2015
•Can You Repossess a Horse When the Buyer Fails to Pay?, Miniature Horse News, October 19, 2015
•What You Didn't Know About Liability Insurance, Equine Chronicle, October 19, 2015
•Our State Has No Equine Activity Liability Act- Are We Worse Off?, The Riding Instructor, Fall 2015
•Liability Insurance for Small Equine Businesses, Equine Chronicle, April 3, 2015
•Julie Fershtman on Mentoring, The Mentor, January 27, 2015
•Liability Releases for Agritourism Activities - Myths and Realities, Foster Swift Agricultural Law News, January 27, 2015
Honors & Recognitions
AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Best Lawyers in America 2013-2016for Commercial Litigation
Best Lawyers in America 2013-2016 forInsurance Law
Michigan Super Lawyers 2008 - 2016 for Civil Litigation Defense
“Top 25 Women Business Lawyers, ” Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
“Top 50 Women Lawyers, ” Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
Michigan Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2015
10.0/10 - Superb (highest rating) by avvo.com
Top Lawyer, DBusiness Magazine 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016
fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2014 - )
Michael Franck Award - State Bar of Michigan, 2014
Respect for Law Award, Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club, 2012
Michigan Top Lawyer, Dbusiness Magazine, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016
Top 15 Women to Watch, Crain's Detroit Business, 2010
Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2010
Woman to Watch, Crain's Detroit Business, 2010
Inforum “Inner Circle” Award, 2010
Metro Detroit's Most Influential Women, Crain's Detroit Business, 2007
Professionalism Award Oakland County Bar Association, 2000
40 Outstanding Business Leaders Under 40, Crain's Detroit Business, 1996
21 Young Lawyers Leading Us into the 21st Century, ABA Barrister Magazine, 1995
Distinguished Service Award, American Youth Horse Council, 2013
Equine Industry Service Award, Michigan Equine Partnership, 2013
Partner in Safety Award, American Riding Instructors Association, 2007
Catalyst Award, Michigan Horse Council, 2002
Outstanding Achievement Award, American Riding Instructors Association, 1998
Associate Service Award, United Professional Horseman's Association, 1998
National Partnership in Safety Award, Certified Horsemanship Association, 1997
Recent Blog Posts
Equine Law Blog
•What to Consider Before Organizing an Equine Event
•Your State Enacted or Amended its Equine Activity Liability Act - Are the Changes Retroactive?
•Legal Aspects of Boarding at a Friend's Barn
•Liability from Horses in Parades: Injured Spectator Sues Parade Participants and Sponsor
•Stable Rules: What's on YOUR Wall?
•Does Your Boarding Contract Include a Release? Should It?
•Equine Industry Liability Releases: Are Fewer Words Better?
•Stable Liability: How Expert Witnesses Can Make or Break an Equine Lawsuit
•Selling Horses on a Payment Plan? Leasing Your Horse to Someone? Here's an Advance Planning Checklist
•Liabilities Based On a Slipping Saddle