I am an experienced litigator and trial lawyer. Serving clients that range from small businesses and individuals to major insurance companies and businesses, I handle a wide variety of business, insurance, sporting/recreational, and equine-related matters.
My practice is, at times, national in scope. I have successfully tried cases before juries in 4 states and have been specially admitted out-of-state counsel (pro hac vice) in state and federal courts in 17 jurisdictions. Example of a case tried: I won a trial of a fraud/UCC/Consumer Protection Act case and my clients were also awarded 100% of their legal fees, which the losing parties paid. I have also secured "no cause" verdicts or directed verdicts on injury cases I defended at trial.
Though I enjoy trying cases, I realize that litigation is costly. With this in mind, I have counseled clients on ways to avoid legal disputes. Where warranted, and with the approval of my clients, I also handle disputed matters and cases through arbitration and mediation.
Active in the bar, I am a past president of the State Bar of Michigan and only the 5th woman in the bar's 82-year history to be elected president.
A frequent author, I have written well over 400 published articles and 3 books, all on law-related topics. I was a contributor to 3 other books published by ABA.
I frequently speak on topics of law, liability, and risk management. My speaking engagements include conferences in 29 states, often with repeat engagements.