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.
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.
•Representing plaintiff in sales fraud/Uniform Commercial Code/Deceptive Trade Practice trial. Won on all counts and won 100% attorney fee award for clients.
•Secured summary judgment for property insurer as to coverage and bad faith claims in an Illinois federal court.
•Won directed verdict for insured defendant at jury trial in defense of personal injury case in Michigan.
•Won directed verdict for insurer at jury trial in defense of first-party insurance coverage case in Ohio.
•Won a unanimous defense (no cause) verdict in equine liability case in Illinois after 4-day jury trial.
•Drafted documentation for sale of a $1.2 million stallion and purchase of a $500,000 show horse.
•Secured summary judgment for insurer in defense of complex first-party insurance coverage case in Chicago, Illinois.
•Secured summary judgments for equine business operators in personal injury cases; Won appeals of both rulings in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
•Won defense ruling at bench trial for premises owner/night club defending premises liability/intentioned tort case.
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 2014 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
Sporting and Recreational Liabilities, Defenses, and Risk Management, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), July 16, 2014
Professional Negligence by Trainers in the Equine Industry, 29th Annual National Conference on Equine Law, May 1, 2014
Liability and Risk Management, Emmett J. Vaughan Western Regional Agribusiness Conference, March 18, 2014
Hanging Out Your Own Shingle, Oakland County Bar Association, February 27, 2014
State Bar of Michigan Diversity in Law Conference, Wayne State Law School, May 11, 2013
National Conference on Equine Law, University of Kentucky College of Law CLE Department, May 1, 2013
Mistakes Equine Professionals Make and How to Avoid Them, Riding Instructor Magazine, Spring 2014
Equine Insurance Policies: Read Them Carefully, Desert Mirage Magazine, February 2014
Michigan's Equine Activity Liability Act: Are We Galloping in the Right Direction?, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, January 16, 2014
Attractive Nuisances, American Quarter Horse Journal, January 2014
A Motion for Directed Verdict, Michigan Bar Journal, July 2013
Attention Livestock Dealers: Understand the New Dealer Law, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, June 2013
Recent Blog Posts
•Equine Law Blog
• Release of Liability Failures - And How to Avoid Them
• My Leased Horse Looks Neglected - Now What?
• What You Didn't Know About Liability Releases
• Julie Fershtman's Second Equine Law Court Victory in 2014
• Your Boarding Stable's Liability Insurance Is Not Necessarily Your Horse's Mortality Insurance
• The Power of Open Range Laws
• Collecting Past-Due Board Without The Song And Dance
• My Leased Horse Appears Neglected - Now What?
• Equine Law Changes in Connecticut
• Julie Fershtman Scores Another Equine Law Victory
Honors & Recognitions
AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Best Lawyers in America 2013-2015 (Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law)
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