ABOUT JULIE I. FERSHTMAN ATTORNEY AT LAW
Julie I. Fershtman, a Shareholder with the full-service law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, is one of the best known and most experienced Equine Law practitioners in the country.
The practice. Crossing all horse breeds and disciplines, she serves a national clientele of stables, professionals, associations, businesses, show management, insurers, trainers, international clinicians, exhibitors, and individual horse owners.
Expertise. She offers unmatched national trial, appellate, and arbitration experience on equine matters and has achieved numerous courtroom victories. In one year, for example, she won jury trials in 3 states, 2 appeals, and a major Federal insurance case — all on equine matters.
Background. A practitioner for almost 28 years, Julie Fershtman graduated from Emory College and Emory Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and has been admitted to practice in 14 jurisdictions as special (pro hac vice) counsel on equine cases. She has drafted several hundred equine industry contracts. For more information on her experience, we encourage you to visit any of the websites listed below.
Legal consultant. On certain legal matters, she can be hired as a legal consultant to assist lawyers nationwide.
Websites, Blog, and Facebook Page
Personal website www.fershtmanlaw.com
Firm website www.fosterswift.com
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Equine Law Blog: www.equinelawblog.com
Wide Variety of Equine Matters Handled
Examples of services provided:
Handling breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, commercial code, and other claims involving equine-related transactions such as purchases/sales, leases, and partnerships;
Litigating disputes in the courts or through alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation, facilitation);
Defending equine/farm/equestrian professionals, businesses, and associations in personal injury litigation (Julie has handled equine liability cases in several jurisdictions nationwide.);
Drafting and negotiating contracts for boarding, training, sales, waivers/releases, and numerous other equine-related transactions;
Representing and advising equine insurance companies on coverage and policy language as well as defending coverage litrigation;
Advising equine industry associations regarding business, management, rules, legal compliance, and regulations;
Representing some of the equine industry's top trainers, competitors, stables, and associations.
Counseling industry professionals, stable managers, and individual horse owners.
National Trial Experience
Litigation experience in several jurisdictions nationwide as co-counsel including Florida, Illinois (3 cases), Missouri, Ohio (2 cases), Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky (2 cases), South Carolina, and Tennessee. Trial counsel before juries in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Connecticut.
Legal Profession Honors & Awards
Honored as a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010.
Honored as a "Top 50 Women Lawyer in Michigan" by Super Lawyers 2013, 2014.
Listed as one of "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan" by Super Lawyers 2013, 2014.
Crain's Detroit Business selected her as one of 15 "Women to Watch."
Named a "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2015.
Listed in Who's Who in American Law
Equine Law Peer Recognition
Secretary/Treasurer of the American College of Equine Attorneys, and one of less than 20 lawyers in the United States to be selected as a Fellow of the organization.
Equine Industry Recognition
Recipient of numerous awards from prominent equine organizations across the country for her service to the equine industry (see left side of this page for list).
ANNOUNCEMENT: Results delivered! In 2014, defending equine industry clients against claims of serious personal injuries, Julie secured summary judgment (dismissal) court rulings on two different cases -- just a few months apart.
Bar Association Leadership
Past President (2011-2012) of the 43,100-member State Bar of Michigan.
Former Vice-Chair. ABA Animal Law Committee, part of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.
** Should You Hire Julie Fershtman?
Sometimes equine-related legal matters call for experienced lawyers who combine knowledge of the horse industry with significant experience in handling business disputes, insurance law, contracts, and complex commercial matters. Julie Fershtman has that unique background and has results to prove it. She deeply understands the equine industry and serves it honorably. Her clients are involved in a broad range of disciplines and breeds. Although no lawyer can guarantee results, she works tirelessly and aggressively on her clients' behalf. Also, where matters call for other areas of practice, she can direct people to qualified partners and associates at Foster Swift or at other law firms, whenever possible.
Visit the Firm Web Site
Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
32300 Northwestern Highway, Suite 230
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334
Direct Phone Line: (248) 785-4731
Main Office Line: (248) 539-9900
The choice of a lawyer for is one that should always be taken with great care.
We're busy, but we always consider new clients. If you have a serious legal matter and want to hire Ms. Fershtman, please remember that we must avoid ethical conflicts of interest. Please do not e-mail, fax, or send us details of your potential legal matter. (We might already represent the other side.) Instead, please call Ms. Fershtman's office [Direct line: (248) 785-4731 - Main law firm office line: (248) 539-9900] so that we can evaluate potential conflicts. If we cannot help you, we might be able to refer you to another lawyer.
What state(s) does your matter involve?
Ethical restrictions prevent Ms. Fershtman from handling cases alone in states other than Michigan. Hiring her on your out-of-state matter will usually require you to hire a local lawyer to work in some capacity with her.