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 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
A practitioner for almost 28 years, Julie Fershtman graduated from Emory College and Emory Law School is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. She 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 above.
Honors & Awards
Honored as a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010.
Honored as a "Top 50 Women Lawyer in Michigan" and one of the "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan" by Super Lawyers, 2014 and 2015.
Crain's Detroit Business selected her as one of 15 "Women to Watch."
Named a "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2014.
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! Representing 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. Cases were dismissed, and clients were happy.
Three Books (and Counting)
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, please visit www.equinelaw.info.
Co-author of the ABA Book Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers. Sections she wrote include contracts, insurance, tort law, and practicing animal-related law.
Approved to write an Equine Law book for the ABA. (Watch for details.)
Hundreds of Articles
Author of more than 300 articles on Equine Law covering a broad spectrum of issues affecting the industry and appearing in over 400 publications and websites.
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.
Former Vice-Chair. ABA Animal Law Committee, part of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Law Practice Section.
EQUINE LAW 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.
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. 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 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, 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 legal matter involve?
This is an important question. Ethical restrictions prevent Ms. Fershtman from handling cases in other states alone. Hiring her on your out-of-state matter will usually require you to hire a local lawyer to work in some capacity with her.