Julie Fershtman concentrates her law practice in the areas of general insurance defense, insurance coverage, business litigation, premises liability, and sporting and recreational liability. Her clients range from major insurance companies and businesses to individuals. In addition, she is considered to be one of the nation's leading practitioners in equine law.
She has achieved numerous courtroom victories in a variety of legal matters, has successfully tried cases before juries in four states, and has been admitted to practice as pro hac vice counsel in state and federal courts in thirteen jurisdictions.
Julie is a Past President of the 43,000-member State Bar of Michigan. In the American Bar Association she is a Vice-Chair of a committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Additionally, 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 and speaker on legal issues, she has written over 250 published articles, three books, and has lectured at seminars, conventions, and conferences in 28 states on issues involving law, liability, risk management, and insurance.
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
45 Foster Swift attorneys named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America roster, August 19, 2014
Fershtman to discuss insurance law issues on A.M. Best National Podcast Nov. 4, October 17, 2013
Thirty-one Foster Swift Attorneys included in Super Lawyers for 2013, September 6, 2013
Forty-five Foster Swift Attorneys included in Best Lawyers, August 15, 2013
Foster Swift attorneys selected as Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 6, 2012
Equine Liability Waivers and Releases & Equine Activity Liability Acts, Agri-Con, June 4, 2015
The Practice Benefits of Networking and Leadership, State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyer Section Summit, May 30, 2015
Equine Activity Liability Acts & Liability Waivers/Releases, Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference, April 7, 2015
Loose Livestock Claims and Open Range Laws & Livestock/Animal Insurance and Coverage Disputes, Agricultural Claims Conference, February 18, 2015
Common Contracts for the Horse Industry, American Bar Association, December 9, 2014
What Equine Professionals Should Know About Avoiding Equine Insurance Disputes, EquineProfessional.com, December 9, 2014
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
Trainer/Client Relationships & The Law, Arab Horse Couture Magazine, December 2014/January 2015
Trainer/Client Relationships and the Law, Riding Instructor Magazine
Mistakes Equine Professionals Make and How to Avoid Them, Riding Instructor Magazine, Spring 2014
Honors & Recognitions
AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015(Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law)
Leading Lawyers 2015
Michigan Super Lawyers 2008 - 2014 (Civil Litigation Defense)
Michigan Super Lawyers Top 25 Women in Business Law, 2013-2014
Michigan Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan, 2013-2014
10.0/10 - Superb (highest rating) by lawyer rating service avvo.com
Top Lawyer, DBusiness Magazine 2009, 2010, 2015
Michael Franck Award - State Bar of Michigan, 2014
Respect for Law Award, Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club, 2012
Top 15 Women to Watch, Crain's Detroit Business, 2010
Michigan Top Lawyer, Dbusiness, 2010
Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2010
Michigan Top Lawyer, Dbusiness, 2009
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, Barrister Magazine, 1995
Distinguished Service Award, American Youth Horse Council, 2013
Equine Industry 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
• Michigan's Equine Activity Liability Act Amended to Remove “Negligence” Exception for Professionals and Sponsors
• Nevada Becomes the 47th State With an Equine Activity Liability Law
• Dangerous Land and the Equine Activity Liability Acts
• California Appellate Court Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Farrier Dies While Shoeing Horse
• Liability Release Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving California Teenager
• Is a Loose Girth or Cinch “Faulty Tack” Under an Equine Activity Liability Act?
• Can You Release Away An Equine Activity Liability Act Claim?
• What You Didn't Know About Equine Insurance
• Equine Gift? Equine Lease? Stop the Guesswork
• Michigan Stable's Release Within Its Boarding Contract Helps Secure Dismissal of Lawsuit
Books and Web Sites Authored
•Julie's personal website: http://www.fershtmanlaw.com
•Julie's State Bar President blog: http://www.sbmpres2012.com
•Co-author, co-editor, Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers, ABA Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60442-001-02. 2009.
•Author, Equine Law & Horse Sense, ISBN 0-964-8430-0-5. 1996
•Author, MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense, ISBN 0-9648430-1-3. 2000.
•Contributor, The Road to Independence, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61632-084-3. 2011.
•Contributor, Marketing Success Stories, ABA Law Practice Management Section. ABA Publishing. ISBN 1-57073-399-6. 1997.
•Contributor, Marketing Success Stories, Second Edition. ABA Law Practice Management Section. ABA Publishing. ISBN 1-59031-251-1. 2004.