Attorney Nicole E. Wilinski

Nicole E. Wilinski

nicole.wilinski@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-351-7168
F: 248-351-7169
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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, Nicole 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.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Insurance Coverage


EDUCATION

Wayne State University Law School
(J.D. cum laude, 2000)

University of Michigan
(B.A. 1997)


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


ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

Best Lawyers of America®
—-– Insurance Law (2018-2019)

Super Lawyers™
—-– Insurance Coverage (2016-2018)
—-– Rising Star (2010)

DBusiness® Top Lawyer
—-– Insurance Litigation (2013-2014)

Up & Coming Lawyer, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2010)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

State Bar of Michigan
—-– Insurance and Indemnity Law Section (Treasurer)
Defense Research Institute
Oakland County Bar Association
Oakland | Women’s Bar Association (President from 2009-2010)
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (Past Director at Large)
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation (Secretary)

Consulting Co-editor of Michigan Insurance Law and Practice – Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Beginning 2018)


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

To Mentor or not to Mentor, LACHES, Co-Author (March 2018)

Co-Author of Ohio Chapter of the 2017 Defense Research Institute Construction Litigation Desk Reference, a State-by-State Compendium

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 INVOLVEMENT

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


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