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 seventeen jurisdictions.
Julie is a Past President of the 44, 000-member State Bar of Michigan. 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 400 published articles, three books, and has lectured at seminars, conventions, and conferences in 29 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.
•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 2013-2016(Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law)
Leading Lawyers 2015
Michigan Super Lawyers 2008 - 2016 (Civil Litigation Defense)
Michigan Super Lawyers Top 25 Women in Business Law, 2013-2015
Michigan Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan, 2013-2015
10.0/10 - Superb (highest rating) by lawyer rating service avvo.com
Top Lawyer, DBusiness Magazine 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016
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
•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
•Disabled Girl Fights to Keep Miniature Horse as a Service Horse at a City Home
•We'd Love to Have You Become Our Next Client, But...