One of the largest insurance defense practices in Michigan serving Fortune 100 and 500 insurance companies.

Overview

Our team focuses on all aspects of insurance defense - from First and Third-Party auto accident litigation, premises liability, general negligence, to trucking, commercial and contractual defense work. 

First- and Third-Party No-Fault

Our insurance defense team was built on the success we’ve had in the first and third party litigation arena. Under Michigan’s No Fault Act, a person injured in a motor vehicle accident can make several claims – a first party action for their medical expenses against their insurer, a third party action against a negligent driver for their pain and suffering, and an underinsured/uninsured motorist action against their insurer for residual damages if the driver is not insured or is insured at low limits. We’ve successfully defended all of these claims, both in motion practice and at trial, and are proud to have obtained “no cause” verdicts from juries even in cases where liability is clear or the exposure is significant.

Insurance Fraud

A signature aspect of our practice is our dogged pursuit of fraud and misrepresentation in insurance claims. We have worked with governmental agencies and various Special Investigations departments of client carriers to research fraudulent schemes, medical provider rings, and paybacks that medical providers and plaintiffs’ attorneys all too often receive. We are known for our approach - we go on the offensive to attack these schemes. We've obtained dismissals against a variety of providers, some now the subject of various federal lawsuits.

Insurance Coverage

Our attorneys have studied the in-flux nature of the Michigan No-Fault Act extensively in order to provide national clients with coverage opinions and legal analysis of their claims. We can handle these disputes either pre-suit, with an extensive investigation of the claim, or in litigation as well. Interpretation of the No-Fault Act can often involve complex issues regarding priority over a claim, and we are well-versed in these issues to assist clients.

General Negligence

Defending companies, individuals, and carriers from a variety of negligence claims is one of our hallmarks. In these cases, a plaintiff must establish several elements – that there was a duty owed and a breach that flowed from that duty. We diligently track down all of the facts to undermine their ability to establish these elements. When individuals and companies are involved, we also take the opportunity to learn about your business, livelihood, and lifestyle so that we can represent you to the fullest extent and communicate with you effectively.

Premises Liability

Our team has vast experience in defending homeowners, businesses, and other entities from lucrative slip and fall or other premises-based claims. An individual may claim that a defect on your property caused them injury. However, we’ve had successes in defeating these cases not only at trial, but also early on through effective Motions for Summary Disposition based on the unique legal standards involved.

Assigned Claims

With new changes to the No-Fault Act’s priority scheme (MCL 500.3114), we are prepared to handle claims that have been assigned to our insurance carrier clients by the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan, as well as the Plan itself. These claims often involve complex facts of vehicle ownership, family relationships, or other issues that create priority disputes. They may also involve significant injuries with pedestrians now claiming benefits from the MACP. We use a diligent approach to address these complex claims and obtain favorable results.

Catastrophic Claims

We have experience assisting clients with the most severe injuries and claims. Many of our attorneys have handled claims where the exposure may be in the millions due to significant injuries, hospitalizations, and treatment. Defense of these claims requires a careful, fact-focused approached which we have mastered, finding key defenses that may lead to a dismissal or favorable resolution.


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