WHY JULIE FERSHTMAN IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN EQUINE LAW:
Author of Books
Equine Law & Horse Sense
MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense
Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers (co-author and co-editor).
Fellow and Secretary/Treasurer of the American College of Equine Attorneys.
One of less than 20 attorneys nationwide to earn this designation.
Equine Industry Honors
Recipient of these prestigious equine industry awards from respected equine organizations:
2013 "Distinguished Service Award" - American Youth Horse Council
“Catalyst Award” - Michigan Horse Council
“Outstanding Achievement” Award - American Riding Instructors Association
"Partner in Safety" Award - American Riding Instructors Association
"Associate Service Award" - United Professional Horsemen's Association
National "Partnership in Safety" Award - CHA - Certified Horsemanship Association
Boards and Organizations (Partial List)
Service on these and other national boards and committees that serve the equine industry:
American Youth Horse Council
Equine Land Conservation Resource
Founder, “Equitana U” one of the Equine Industry's first ever Business & Professional Development Workshop
Planning Committee, University of Kentucky National Conference on Equine Law
Past Honorary Director, Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (“CANTER”)
Board of Advisors, American Riding Instructors Association
Board of Advisors, CHA - Certified Horsemanship Association
Vice Chair, American Bar Association Tort, Trial & Insurance Law Section's Animal Law Committee
Chair, ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Law Section Animal Law Committee Sub-Committee on Insurance Law
National Article Publications (Partial List)
Monthly Equine Law column 1993-2011
Author of articles in 400 publications & websites
Co-Author, "Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law," ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Law Journal, sections on Equine Liability and Animal Insurance (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Speaking Engagements (Partial List)
National Conference on Equine Law
Equine Affaire Convention (California, Massachusetts, and Ohio locations)
American Horse Council Annual Conventions
American Youth Horse Council Conventions
U.S. Dressage Federation Annual Meeting
Virginia Intermont College Two-Day Intensive Risk Management Seminar
American Morgan Horse Association Annual Convention
Hoosier Horse Fair
National Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration
All-American Quarter Horse Congress
American Riding Instructors Association Annual Convention
Midwest Horse Fair
U.S. Pony Clubs Annual Convention
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association Annual Convention
American Paint Horse Association Annual Convention
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
2011 National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, Kentucky) American Youth Horse Council National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium (Michigan), and Agribusiness Conferences (California, Ohio, and Colorado).
2012 Insurance Skills Center Agribusiness Conferences(Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Des Moines, IA; Raleigh/Durham, NC; Columbus, OH); American Bar Association Webinar (Livestock Insurance), Equine Business Conference.
2013 Emmett C. Vaughn Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, CA); Washington State Bar Association Animal Law Section (Seattle, WA); Wayne State Law School (Detroit, MI); National Conf. on Equine Law (Lexington, KY); NBI Continuing Legal Education Webinar; New York State Bar Association Animal Law Section (New York, NY).
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 nation's best known and most experienced Equine Law practitioners.
Crossing all horse breeds and disciplines, she serves a national clientele of stables, industry professionals, associations, businesses, show management, insurers, trainers, international clinicians, exhibitors, and individual horse owners.
With extensive national trial, appellate, and arbitration experience on equine matters, she has achieved numerous courtroom victories. In 2004, alone, she won jury trials in 3 states, 2 appeals, and a major Federal insurance case — all on equine matters.
Websites and Blog
Personal website www.fershtmanlaw.com
Firm website www.fosterswift.com
Our blog: www.equinelawblog.com
A graduate of Emory College and Emory Law School, Julie has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1986. She has been admitted to practice in 12 jurisdictions as special (pro hac vice) counsel on equine cases.
Honors & Awards
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013.®
Michigan Lawyers Weekly named her a "2010 Leader in the Law."
Crain's Detroit Business honored her as one of 15 "Women to Watch."
- Named a "Michigan Super Lawyer®" 2008-2013.
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 become a Fellow.
Recipient of numerous awards from prominent equine organizations.
NEWS: Julie will receive the 2013 "Distinguished Service Award" from the American Youth Horse Council during its Annual Meeting on April 13, 2013, in Hartford, CT!
No other lawyer anywhere has written or spoken more on Equine Law.
Author or co-author of the Equine Law & Horse Sense book series. For more information, please visit www.equinelaw.info.
Co-author of the ABA Book Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers.
Author of more than 200 articles on Equine Law appearing in over 400 publications and websites nationwide.
Blog - NEW updated weekly with new topics
www.equinelawblog.com - Please check it out.
Facebook Page - NEW Please "like" our page!
Speaking engagements in 28 states, including the industry's largest conventions, usually with repeat engagements.
Bar Association Involvement
President (2011-2012) of the 42,500-member State Bar of Michigan.
Vice-Chair of the ABA Animal Law Committee, part of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Law Practice Section. Chair of its Animal Insurance sub-committee.
EQUINE LAW TRIALS: We try hard to bring results. In 2008, Julie represented the horse buyers in an equine sale fraud lawsuit in the Livingston County, Michigan, Circuit Court. Her clients won. The judge also awarded them 100% of their attorney fees and costs, paid by the losing parties.
Why Hire Our Firm?
Sometimes equine-related legal matters and disputes call for experienced lawyers who combine knowledge of the horse industry with expertise in handling business law, insurance law, and complex commercial matters. We truly believe we have that unique expertise and have the results to prove it. We deeply understand the industry, serve it honorably, have strong connections within it, and work tirelessly and aggressively on our clients' behalf.
Visit the Firm Web Site
Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
32300 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 230
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Direct Phone Line: (248) 785-4731
We're busy, but we always welcome new clients. If you have a serious legal matter and would like to contact Ms. Fershtman, remember that we must avoid ethical conflicts. For this reason, we ask that you please do not e-mail, fax, or mail us any details of your potential legal case or matter. Instead, please call Ms. Fershtman. We will discuss your matter with you first and assess potential conflicts. If we cannot help you, we might be able to refer you to a lawyer in your area.
EQUINE LAW BOOKS AVAILABLE!
Learn more about Equine Law! Julie Fershtman's books are easy to understand and were written to help you AVOID legal disputes. MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense sells for $22.95 + $5 shipping and handling, and Equine Law & Horse Sense sells for $17.95 + $5 shipping and handling. Order both books together for the discounted price of $42.90, which includes first-class shipping. Send check to Horses & The Law Publishing, P.O. Box 250696, Franklin, MI 48025-0696.
The Equine Law & Horse Sense books are written in a down-to-earth style that you can understand. The books do not include form contracts. Numerous equine studies programs require these books in their curriculum. (Sorry, we cannot ship in Michigan.)
Attention Lawyers and Paralegals: Julie's co-authored book entitled Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers is available! The book was published in 2009 by the American Bar Association. It includes sample court filings, letters, and agreements. We sell it directly to you for $100, plus $5 shipping. (Sorry, no books shipped in Michigan). To order, contact Ms. Fershtman.