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nicole.wilinski@ceflawyers.com
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
Insurance Coverage
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EDUCATION
Wayne State University Law School (J.D. cum laude, 2000)
University of Michigan (B.A. 1997)
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ADMISSIONS
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern Division, Indiana
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in numerous states and federal courts
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS
Best Lawyers of America®, Insurance Law (2018)
Super Lawyers™, Insurance Coverage (2016-2017)
Listed Top Lawyer, Insurance Litigation, DBusiness® (2013-2014)
Listed “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® Magazine (2010)
Up & Coming Lawyer, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2010)
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Nicole E. Wilinski

Nicole focuses her practice in the area of insurance coverage litigation. She has extensive experience representing insurance carriers in complex coverage litigation in both state and federal courts throughout Michigan and the Midwest, including in the areas of environmental and construction law. As part of her practice, Ms. Wilinski regularly provides coverage opinions and proposed coverage position letters on behalf of insurers arising out of claims for property damage, construction defects, fraud and/or misrepresentations, personal and advertising injury, and bodily injury claims.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Member and Past Vice Chair, TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee,
—-American Bar Association
Council Member, Insurance and Indemnity Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Member, Oakland County Bar Association
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member and Past Director at Large, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
Member and Past President, Women’s Bar Association – Oakland Region
—-(President from 2009-2010)
Member and Past President, Oakland County Women’s Bar Association

PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Tenneco, Inc. v Amerisure Mut Ins Co, 281 Mich App 429 (2008) – defended carrier in environmental coverage litigation involving multi-million dollar claims at five sites in three states; obtained favorable decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals holding carrier entitled to summary disposition on the basis of late notice, voluntary payment/no action provisions, laches and statute of limitations

Obtained dismissal for insurer in Michigan in auto-policy fraud case

Drafted coverage opinions and recommendations for insurers on issues relating to personal and advertising injury, property damage, bodily injury and professional services exclusions

Defended carrier in coverage litigation and settlement negotiations involving indemnity claims from alleged additional insureds arising out of a severe construction workplace accident

Provided coverage analysis and drafted declination letter on behalf of carrier in response to environmental claims relating to three Michigan sites

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Implied Disparagement, DRI Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium, Co-Author (May 2014)

ALFA Michigan Property/Casualty Insurance Update (February 2011)

CLEO Sophomore Summer Institute Luncheon on Practice Area Diversity, Women’s Bar Association, Panel Member (June 15, 2010)

CLEO Sophomore Summer Institute Luncheon on Bar Association Leadership, Oakland County Bar Association, Panel Co-Moderator (June 9, 2010)

“Corporate Designee Depositions of the Insurer/Insured: Avoiding Pitfalls in the Selection and Preparation of Designee Witnesses,” ABA-TIPS-Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Tucson (2007)

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Nicole is an active volunteer with the Baldwin Elementary Parent Teachers Association.

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