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 with decades of experience.
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.
Lawyer. 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.
Legal consultant. On certain legal matters, she can be hired at an hourly rate as legal consultant to assist out-of-state lawyers.
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
A practitioner for more than 27 years, Julie Fershtman graduated from Emory College and Emory Law School and 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. She has drafted many hundreds of equine industry contracts. For more information on her experience, please visit any of the websites listed above.
Honors & Awards
Honored as a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010.
Honored as a 2013 "Top 50 Women Lawyer in Michigan" and one of the "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan" by Super Lawyers.
Crain's Detroit Business selected her as one of 15 "Women to Watch."
Rated “AV” (highest possible rating for abilities and ethics) by Martindale, www.martindale.com.
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.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Julie's latest article on Michigan's Equine Activity Liability Act was just published in the December 2013 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.
No other lawyer anywhere has written or spoken more on Equine Law.
Author of the popular Equine Law & Horse Sense book series that has become required reading at equine studies programs around the country. For more information on these books, please visit www.equinelaw.info.
Co-author of the ABA Book Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers. Sections she authored include contracts, insurance law, tort law, and practicing animal-related law.
Hundreds of Articles
Author of more than 250 articles on Equine Law covering a broad spectrum of legal issues affecting the equine industry and appearing in over 400 publications and websites nationwide.
Speaking engagements in 28 states, including the industry's largest conventions, usually with repeat engagements.
Bar Association Leadership
Past President (2011-2012) of the 43,100-member State Bar of Michigan.
Vice-Chair of the ABA Animal Law Committee, part of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Law Practice Section.
EQUINE LAW TRIAL EXPERIENCE: Litigation experience in 12 other jurisdictions nationwide as co-counsel including Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Trial counsel before juries in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Connecticut.
Why Should You Hire Julie Fershtman?
Sometimes equine-related legal matters call for experienced lawyers who combine knowledge of the horse industry with significant hands-on experience in handling business law, insurance law, contract, and complex commercial matters. Julie Fershtman has that unique background and has results to prove it. She deeply understands the equine industry, serves it honorably, and has strong connections within it. 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 her qualified partners and associates at Foster Swift, 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 your legal matter is one that should always be taken seriously and 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, 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) will your legal matter involve? Ethical restrictions prevent Ms. Fershtman from handling cases in other states alone; hiring her will usually require you to hire a local lawyer to work in some capacity with her.