Honors & Recognitions

Legal Ratings:

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

Industry Honors:

"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


Emory Law School, J.D. 1986

Emory College, B.A. 1983

Bar and Court Admissions

State Bar of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Julie I. Fershtman
T: 248.785.4731
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Julie I. Fershtman

32300 Northwestern Highway
Suite 230
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
T: 248.785.4731
F: 248.538.2093

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.

Representative Matters

  • 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. Won sale fraud case, representing sellers, involving a $400,000 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.  


Speaking Engagements

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Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • 21st Century Practice Task Force, Co-Chair, 2015
    • President, 2011-2012
    • Board of Commissioners, 1994-1997, 1999-2002, 2003-2012
  • American Bar Association
    • House of Delegates, 2010-2012
    • Vice-Chair, TIPS Animal Law Committee, 2005-present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2001-2008
    • Secretary, 2007-2008
    • Professionalism Committee 1995-2002, Chair, 1998-1999
    • Inns of Court Committee, Secretary/Barrister, 1995-1999
    • Oakland County Bar Leadership Conference, 1995, 2002
    • Oakland County Circuit Court Bench-Bar Conference, Co-chair, 2003
  • Board of Trustees, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 2003-present 
  • Fellow, American College of Equine Attorneys
  • Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Board of Directors, Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
Community Activities:
  • Commissioner, Franklin Village Planning Commission, 1993-1995
  • Chair, Franklin Municipal/Police Facility Development Committee, 1995-1996
  • Appointee, Franklin Village Charter Committee, 1993-1994
  • Secretary, Franklin Community Association, 1991-1992
  • Director, Franklin Community Association, 1989-1991