- Wayne State University, J.D., graduated 1980
- Wayne State University, MSW, graduated 1975
- Wayne State University, BSW, graduated 1974
- Michigan, State Bar of Michigan
- United States, U.S. Supreme Court
- United States, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- United States, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- United States, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- United States, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
- American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects (SCRIBES) - Member
- Council on Litigation Management - Fellow
- Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) - Board Member, Litigation Advisory Board
- Michigan Defense Quarterly - Editor (1991-1994)
- Michigan Defense Trial Counsel - Member and Past Board Member
- Michigan Model Civil Jury Instruction Committee - Member, appointed by Michigan Supreme Court
- Michigan Supreme Court - Appointee, Model Civil Jury Instructions Committee; Member, Historical Society’s Advocates Guild
- Michigan Supreme Court Advocates' Guild - Member
- State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice Section - Member, Former chair
- State Bar of Michigan, Insurance & Indemnity Section - Member
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for:
- Appellate Practice, Detroit (2017)
- Appellate Practice, Detroit (2013)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
- Appellate Practice
- Insurance Law
- Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
- Michigan Lawyer Weekly's Inaugural Class of 20 Women honored as Michigan's "Women in the Law" (2010)
- Top 10 "Lawyer of the Year" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2007)
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated (5.0 out of 5.0)
- Named the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Appellate Practice in Metro Detroit (2013, 2017)
- Best Lawyers of America®, Appellate Law (2007-2017)
- Best Lawyers of America®, Insurance Law (2013-2017)
- Best Lawyers of America®, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (2016-2017)
- Super Lawyers™, Appellate (2006-2016)
- Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers™ (2008-2016)
- Top 25 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers™ (2013-2015)
- Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers™ (2010-2013)
- Listed Top Lawyer, Appellate Law, DBusiness® (2010-2017)
- Listed Top Lawyer, Insurance Law, DBusiness® (2012, 2015-2017)
Areas of Expertise:
- Health Care
- Insurance Defense
- Personal Injury
- Product Liability
- Supreme Court
Attorney Case History
Recent sample medical malpractice sample cases
Velez v Tuma, 492 Mich 1 (2012), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals and reduction of the jury verdict by $195K, establishing the proper method to credit co-defendants' settlements when judgments are reduced by noneconomic damage caps.
Jilek v Stockson, 490 Mich 961 (2011), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals and reinstatement of the defense "no cause," establishing expert witness requirements for family practitioners treating patients in urgent care settings.
Griesbach v Ross, 291 Mich App 295 (2010), secured reversal of the $854,000 judgment in a medical malpractice case.
Young v Nandi, 276 Mich App 67 (2007,) secured significant reduction of the jury's verdict to the low rather than the high noneconomic damage cap.
Recent sample general liability cases
Thomai v MIBA Hydramechanica, 496 Mich 854 (2014), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals decision and reinstatement of trial court’s grant of summary disposition in employer’s favor in “intentional tort” claim filed by an employee injured in a press accident.
McCue v O-N Minerals, 490 Mich 946 (2011), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals because landowner owed no duty to maintain the mining equipment crossing and its activities could not be seen as a nuisance.
Trentadue v Gorton, 479 Mich 378 (2007), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals and abolition of all non-statutory "discovery rules" in Michigan.
Lanzo Construction v Wayne Steel, 477 Mich 983 (2007), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals in a contractual indemnity case.
Fultz v Creative Maintenance, 470 Mich 460 (2004), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals, finding negligence claim defective because snow removal contractor owed no duty "separate and distinct" from the contract.
Recent sample legal malpractice cases
Sorkowitz v Lakritz, Wissbrun, 475 Mich 925 (2005), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals because trust beneficiaries may not sue lawyers and rely on extrinsic evidence to show the grantor's intent was other than what was expressed in the trust.
Harkins v Paxton, 821 NW2d 894 (2012), secured partial reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals, to the extent that the claim against the lawyer could have been raised by the plaintiff's employer who had been the party sued in the underlying case.
Roberts v LaSusa, 2012 WL1415147, affirming grant of summary disposition in favor the lawyer and law firm defendants, based on expiration of the statute of limitation and application of principles of res judicata.