Attorney Julie I. Fershtman of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, was selected as the 2014 recipient of the State Bar of Michigan's Michael Franck Award. She was presented with the award on Thursday September 18.
The Michael Franck award is an annual award given to "an attorney who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the profession."
Fershtman is a Past President of the 43,000-member State Bar of Michigan. As president, she had a passion for the Access to Justice Campaign, which is a partnership between the State Bar and nonprofit civil legal aid programs to support legal access for the poor in Michigan. She practices in the areas of general insurance defense, insurance coverage, business litigation, premises liability, sporting and recreational liability and equine law. 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, Fershtman has written over 200 published articles, three books, and has lectured at seminars, conventions and conferences in 28 states on issues involving law, liability, risk management and insurance.