Attorney Lauren A. Frederick

Lauren A. Frederick

lauren.frederick@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-351-7160
F: 248-351-7161
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Lauren focuses her practice in the areas general liability, insurance coverage, and No-Fault claims. Lauren represents insurers, corporations, and individuals in a broad spectrum of general liability defense matters, including defending first- and third-party automobile and premises liability cases. Lauren has extensive experience handling cases from the discovery phase through trial and has prepared and successfully argued countless motions for summary disposition. She also has vast experience in handling catastrophic no-fault claims, as well as pre-litigation issues, including fraud investigation, drafting coverage opinions, and conducting examinations under oath. Before joining Collins Einhorn, Lauren also handled asbestos and toxic tort cases.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Insurance Coverage
General & Automotive Liability


EDUCATION

Thomas M. Cooley Law School
(J.D. cum laude, 2011)

University of Tampa
(B.S. 2007)


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

Successfully completed MIIASIU’s Annual Training Seminar on Fake Claims – Real Investigations (2017)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

State Bar of Michigan
—-– Litigation Section
—-– Insurance Section
Defense Research Institute
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Oakland County Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Foundation (Fellow)


PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Won summary disposition of a $641,361.09 claim for no-fault benefits, based on the statutory “intentional act” defense of MCL 500.3105(4). The Court found that the plaintiff’s intent to kill himself was so evident that not even his blood-alcohol level or testimony from his psychiatry expert regarding his impaired cognitive functioning could defeat summary disposition. (May 2018)

Successfully obtained a defense verdict in a first-party no-fault case. After a seven-day jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of no cause for action, finding that the plaintiff’s claim of accidental bodily injury did not rise out of the automobile accident at issue. This case involved a catastrophic no-fault claim and presented unusual and complex medical and causation issues. (Jan 2018)

Successfully obtained summary disposition on behalf of an automotive insurance company in a no-fault case filed by medical providers. The case was dismissed on res judicata grounds, as the medical providers filed the same case previously, which was dismissed with prejudice for discovery violations. The judge also awarded the auto insurer sanctions. (Dec 2017)

Successfully obtained summary disposition in novel no-fault priority dispute between the plaintiff’s personal auto insurer and the insurer of a city-sponsored transportation van. (Oct 2017)

Obtained summary disposition in a no-fault medical-provider case, based upon fraud in the application for insurance and res judicata. Subsequently, several other related lawsuits were also dismissed, on the bases of res judicata and collateral estoppel. (Sept 2017)

Successfully obtained summary disposition in no-fault case due to the plaintiffs’ (medical providers) persistent discovery violations. (Mar 2017)

Successfully obtained summary disposition in lawsuit seeking no-fault and uninsured motorist benefits, due to the plaintiff’s failure to properly prosecute his case and comply with discovery. (Feb 2017)

Successfully obtained summary disposition in a first-party no-fault case on the first day of trial. The defendant’s motion was based on fraud in the application for insurance and res judicata. In lieu of trial, the judge granted the defendant’s motion and dismissed the medical provider’s case with prejudice. (Jan 2017)

Won motion for summary disposition in a first-party no-fault case after judge found that the insured committed fraud in the application for insurance, and therefore, there was no coverage under the policy; the plaintiff’s complaint was dismissed with prejudice. (Jan 2017)

Successfully argued motion for summary disposition in no-fault case, where judge agreed with the defendant-insurer that the alleged injured party unlawfully took the vehicle she was operating on the date of loss; therefore, she (and her providers) were excluded from collecting PIP benefits from the defendant-insurer.
(Oct 2016)

Successfully drafted and argued a motion for summary disposition in a case involving a complicated no-fault coverage issue. The defendant relied upon the unambiguous language contained in the No-Fault Act and the policy, and argued, primarily, that it was in not in any order of priority for payment of the claimant’s PIP benefits. (2016)

Successfully drafted and argued a motion for summary disposition in a first-party no-fault subrogation action. The judge agreed that the plaintiff did not comply with the one-year notice requirement set forth in the
No-Fault Act. (2016)

Obtained a jury verdict of no cause for action in a third-party auto negligence case. At trial, the plaintiff was not able to meet his burden, and the defendant was able to prove that her vehicle was stolen on the date of the accident; therefore, the defendant could not be found liable under the Owner’s Liability Statute. (2014)

Assisted in obtaining a defense verdict after a 10-day trial involving a unique toxic tort matter. The plaintiffs’ claimed that they suffered injuries as a result of a fire restoration contractor’s use of an ozone-generating machine to remove smoke odors from their home. The jurors found no negligence and no breach of contract, including any breach of the standards applicable to a fire restoration contractor’s use of an ozone generator. (2012)


PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Co-Author, “Are Your Social Media Profiles Discoverable?” Claims Magazine, June 2017.

Lauren has given several presentations to claims adjustment groups on issues facing insurers in district courts, the importance of maintaining communication between claims representatives and the attorney, and issues with litigating catastrophic claims.