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deborah.hebert@ceflawyers.com
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
Appellate
Insurance Coverage
Medical Malpractice
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EDUCATION
University of Detroit School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 1981)
Michigan State University (M.A. with honors, 1977)
Michigan State University (B.A. with honors, 1974)
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ADMISSIONS
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS
Named the Best Lawyers® 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Insurance Law in Metro Detroit
Best Lawyers of America®, Appellate Law (2014-2017)
Best Lawyers of America®, Insurance Law (2014-2017)
Super Lawyers™, Appellate (2006-2016)
Top 25 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers™ (2013-2016)
Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers™, (2009-2016)
Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers™, (2011)
Golden Gavel Award Recipient, Westfield Insurance (2010, 2013)
Listed Top Lawyer, Insurance Law, DBusiness® (2015-2017)
Listed Top Lawyer, Appellate Law, DBusiness® (2010-2013, 2015-2017)
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated (5.0 out of 5.0)
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Deborah A. Hebert

Deborah entered private practice as an appellate specialist following a judicial clerkship in the Michigan Court of Appeals with the Hon. Michael J. Kelly. For over three decades, she has served as lead counsel in hundreds of appeals at both the state and federal levels, involving a wide range of practice areas, including product liability, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, Daubert, civil rights discrimination, and professional liability. In the early 1990s, Deborah developed a particular interest in insurance coverage law and now devotes a significant part of her practice to preparing coverage opinions and litigating declaratory judgment actions.

Deborah was instrumental in forming the Appellate Practice Section of the Michigan State Bar and served as its Founding Chair in 1995. Twelve years later, she assisted with the formation of the Insurance and Indemnity Law Section of the Michigan State Bar.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Member, Appellate Practice Section of the Michigan State Bar
—-(Chair, Treasurer, and Council Member, 1995-2006)
Member, Insurance and Indemnity Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
—-(Council Member, 2007-2012)
Member, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Member, Defense Research Institute

PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Dave Cole Decorators v Westfield Ins Co, 2014 WL 1234128 (affirming lack of CGL coverage for painting contractor’s defective work)

Tondreau v Hans, M.D., 495 Mich 869 (2013) (Michigan Supreme Court reversing both lower court Daubert rulings that would have allowed plaintiff’s experts to testify about a novel causation theory involving brain retraction)

Nagy v Westfield Ins Co, 2013 WL 3942571 (reversing lower court interpretation of “covered auto” for purposes of UIM endorsement to Garage policy)

Bennett v MIS Corp, 607 F3d 1076 (6th Cir. 2010) (affirming lower court ruling that air traffic controllers had no viable negligence claim against mold remediation contractor hired by the FAA)

Berkeypile v Westfield Ins Co, 485 Mich 1115 (2010) (Supreme Court order reversing lower court’s grant of UIM coverage where plaintiff recovered more than the UIM limits from a combination of several tortfeasors)

Howe v Boucree, 2008 Mich App Lexis 1211 (plaintiff’s medical malpractice verdict reversed due to plaintiff attorney’s misconduct)

In re Duane Baldwin Trust, 274 Mich App 387 (2007), aff’d 480 Mich 915 (2007) (first impression interpretation of Michigan’s Estate and Protected Individuals Code)

Westport Ins Co v Kassem, 2006 Mich App LEXIS 1226 ($600,000 judgment reversed under the exclusive remedy provision of the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act in case addressing roles of corporation and individual shareholder)

Kalamazoo Acquisitions, LLC, 395 F3d 338 (6th Cir 2005) (addressing waiver and breach of contract issues under a commercial property insurance policy where the policyholder settled with renovation contractor)

Bachman v Swan Harbour Associates, 252 Mich App 400 (2002) (limiting claims under the Persons With Disability Act)

Bean v Directions Unlimited, Inc, 462 Mich 24 (2000) (Supreme Court reinstatement of defense favorable verdict in negligence case)

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

5 Ways Claims Managers Can Prepare for Depositions, Claims Magazine (September 2015)  (co-author)

Commercial General Liability Insurance Chapter in Michigan Insurance Law & Practice (ICLE, 2d Ed) (co-author)

Significant Insurance Decisions, The Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, a quarterly publication of the State Bar of Michigan’s Insurance and Indemnity Law Section

Editor, Michigan Appellate Practice Section Newsletter, a quarterly publication of the State Bar of Michigan’s Appellate Practice Section (2005-2009)

“Who’s on First: the Riddle of Multiple Insurance Policies and Construction Injuries,” Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly (February 23, 2009)

 

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