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matthew.zmijewski@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-351-5439
F: 248-351-5458
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
General & Automotive Liability
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EDUCATION
Wayne State University Law School (J.D. 2010)
Michigan State University (B.A. 2007)
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ADMISSIONS
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
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Matthew J. Zmijewski

Matthew’s current practice focuses primarily on first- and third-party automotive liability litigation. Prior to joining Collins Einhorn, Matthew successfully defended both entities and individuals in contract and negligence lawsuits arising under the Michigan No-Fault Act.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Member, Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Member, Detroit Bar Association
Member, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Member, Oakland County Bar Association

PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Obtained Summary Disposition and application of the “fraud exclusion” provision of his client’s insurance policy through introduction of evidence revealing the claimant’s material misrepresentations of claims for PIP Benefits, highlighting direct and specific contradictions between the claimant’s affidavits and deposition testimony with surveillance footage depicting the claimant performing activities inconsistent with her claimed limitations. (August 2017)

Author of dual Motions for Summary Disposition granted by the Livingston County Circuit Court precluding recovery of automobile negligence damages [MCL 500.3135], “excess survivor’s loss” [MCL 500.3135(3)(c)] and “loss of financial support” [MCL 600.2922, Michigan’s “Wrongful Death Act”].  The Court endorsed Zmijewski’s significant legal and factual analysis, which addressed the absence of claimants’ dependency on the decedent, as well as application of MCL 600.2955(a) through evidence of the decedent’s “impaired ability to function through use of liquor.” The Court dismissed all claims against Zmijewski’s clients, owners/operator of one of three vehicles involved in the collision(s) with a bicyclist. (August 2017)

Authored and argued successful Motion for Summary Disposition where the Wayne County Circuit Court recognized the claimant materially misrepresented facts concerning ownership, use and possession of the insured vehicle in his Application for Automobile Insurance.  The Court endorsed the formal rescission of the underlying policy, which was deemed void ab initio.  Zmijewski used the favorable results to pursue dismissal of multiple lawsuits filed by the claimant’s medical providers at the District Court level. (December 2016)

Obtained Summary Disposition as to claims of uninsured injured party and intervening medical provider, whom the Court agreed had improperly sought PIP Benefits against the insurer represented by Zmijewski.  Despite opposition, Zmijewski demonstrated his client was not the highest priority insurer pursuant to MCLA § 500.3114. (December 2016)