Attorney Noreen L. Slank, Retired

Noreen L. Slank (Retired)





Noreen retired from the practice of law in October of 2017. The firm continues to serve many of her clients.

Noreen practiced in the state and federal appellate courts from 1980-2017. Her emphasis was on the defense of medical and legal malpractice actions, insurance coverage disputes, and the defense of catastrophic personal injury cases. She practiced both in appellate courts and in the trial courts (particularly during post-verdict proceedings).


Wayne State University
(J.D. magna cum laude, 1980)

Wayne State University
(M.S.W. with high distinction, 1975)

Wayne State University
(B.S.W. 1974)


State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (Metro Detroit)
—-– Appellate Law (2013, 2017)

Best Lawyers of America®
—-– Appellate Law (2007-2018)
—-– Insurance Law (2013-2018)
—-– Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
—– (2016-2018)

Super Lawyers™
—-– Appellate (2016-2017)
—-– Top 25 Women Business Michigan
-—– (2013-2015)
—-– Top 50 Women Michigan (2006-2016)
—-– Top 100 Michigan (2010-2013)

DBusiness® Top Lawyer
—-– Appellate Law (2010-2017)
—-– Insurance Law (2012, 2015-2017)

Michigan Lawyer Weekly’s Inaugural Class of 20 Women honored as Michigan’s “Women in the Law” (2010)

Top 10 “Lawyer of the Year” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2007)

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
(5.0 out of 5.0)


Michigan Supreme Court Appointee, Model Civil Jury Instructions Committee (2007-2015)

Chair, Appellate Practice Section of State Bar of Michigan (1999-2000)

Editor, Michigan Defense Quarterly (1991-1994)

Past Board Member, Litigation Advisory Board, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)

Past Board Member, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel


General Liability

Thomai v MIBA Hydramechanica, 496 Mich 854 (2014), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals decision and reinstatement of trial court’s grant of summary disposition in employer’s favor in “intentional tort” claim filed by an employee injured in a press accident

McCue v O-N Minerals, 490 Mich 946 (2011), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals because landowner owed no duty to maintain the mining equipment road crossing and its activities could not be seen as a nuisance

Trentadue v Gorton, 479 Mich 378 (2007), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals and abolition of all non-statutory “discovery rules” in Michigan

Lanzo Construction v Wayne Steel, 477 Mich 983 (2007), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals in a contractual indemnity case

Fultz v Creative Maintenance, 470 Mich 460 (2004), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals, finding negligence claim defective because snow removal contractor owed no duty “separate and distinct” from the contract


Medical Malpractice

Velez v Tuma, 492 Mich 1 (2012), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals and reduction of the jury verdict by $195K, establishing the proper method to credit co-defendants’ settlements when judgments are reduced by noneconomic damage caps

Jilek v Stockson, 490 Mich 961 (2011), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals and reinstatement of the defense “no cause,” establishing expert witness requirements for family practitioners treating patients in urgent care settings

Griesbach v Ross, 291 Mich App 295 (2010), secured reversal of the $854,000 judgment in a medical malpractice case

Young v Nandi, 276 Mich App 67 (2007,) secured significant reduction of the jury’s verdict to the low rather than the high noneconomic damage cap


Legal Malpractice

Sorkowitz v Lakritz, Wissbrun, 475 Mich 925 (2005), secured reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals because trust beneficiaries may not sue lawyers and rely on extrinsic evidence to show the grantor’s intent was other than what was expressed in the trust

Harkins v Paxton, 493 Mich 880 (2012), secured partial reversal of the Michigan Court of Appeals, to the extent that the claim against the lawyer could have been raised by the plaintiff’s employer who had been the party sued in the underlying case

Roberts v LaSusa, 2012 WL1415147, affirming grant of summary disposition in favor the lawyer and law firm defendants, based on expiration of the statute of limitation and application of principles of res judicata


Michigan Insurance Law & Practice 2d Ed, (ICLE) Editors, Noreen L. Slank, Michael H. Fabian, Mark D. Willmarth

Torts: Michigan Law & Practice 2d Ed (ICLE), Editors, Hon. Helene White, Noreen L. Slank, Linda Miller Atkinson

Michigan Civil Procedure 2d Ed (ICLE), Chapter 21 “Post Trial Motions, Costs & Fees”

Michigan Appellate Handbook 3d Ed (ICLE), Chapter 2 “Preparing the Case For Appeal,” Noreen L. Slank, Geoffrey M. Brown

Michigan’s Motor Carrier Transportation Contract Anti-Indemnity Act, The Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 8, No. 4 (October, 2015)

Appellate Counsels’ Tips for Navigating Trial and Post-Trial Practice, 93 Michigan Bar Journal 62 (2014), by Noreen L. Slank and Michael J. Cook

Managing Your Company’s Indemnity Rights and Obligations, 35 Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) Magazine, No. 8 (August, 2014)

New Changes to Construction Industry Indemnity Contracts, 34 Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) Magazine, No. 3 (March, 2013)

Business Courts and Indemnity Cases, The Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 6, No. 1 (January, 2013)

P.A. 2011, No. 163, Eff. 1/1/2012: Back to Repose and Limitations, Negligence Law Section E-News (Spring, 2012)

Seeking Fees in Indemnity Cases, The Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 5, No. 4 (October, 2012)

Disturbing Repose and Limiting Limits, Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) Magazine, Volume 33, No. 7 (August, 2012)

No Statute of Repose for Construction Industry Contractual Indemnity Claims, Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 4, No. 4 (October, 2011)

Court of Appeals Allows Pre-Tender Defense Costs in a Broadly Worded Indemnity Contract,Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 4, No. 1 (January, 2011)

When Tender of Defense is Complex – “Additional Insured” and Indemnity Clauses, Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 3, No. 3 (July, 2010)

Indemnity Law Case Note, The Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 2, No. 3 (July, 2009)

You Say ‘Indemnity,’ I say ‘Indemnitee,’ Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly (February 23, 2009)

Comparative Fault Contractual Indemnity Agreement to be Scrutinized by Michigan Supreme Court, Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 2, No. 1 (January, 2009)

Upstream Indemnitee’s Voluntarily Assumed Liability Does Not Flow to Downstream Indemnitors,Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, Vol 1, No. 3 (July, 2008)

Positional Conflicts, 81 Michigan Bar Journal 14 (2002), revised and reprinted, Oregon Law Journal

Leveling the Playing Field, 38 Washburn Law Journal 847 (Summer, 1999)

Who Decides What in Legal Malpractice Cases, 15 Mich Defense Quarterly (Spring, 1998)

The Accident Waiting to Happen: The Law of Pre-injury Releases, Laches (March, 1998)

Pleading for Mercy: Dealing with Unpreserved Error, 77 Mich Bar Journal 42 (1998)

State of Michigan Insurance Law, ‘97,’96 & ‘95 Annual Meetings of the Michigan Bar

The Evolving Tort Law of Participant Sport, 75 Michigan Bar Journal 238 (1996)

A Critique of Lawyers Cooperative’s New Volume: Michigan Non-standard Jury Instructions, 13 Michigan Defense Quarterly (Winter, 1996)

Positional Conflicts in Appellate Litigation, 12 Michigan Defense Quarterly (Summer, 1995)

Animal-Inflicted Injury, Laches (November, 1993)

Suit Within a Suit: A Doctrine Michigan Courts Hate to Love, 72 Michigan Bar Journal 1174 (1993)

Insurance Coverage and Therapist-Patient Sexual Relations, 59 Defense Counsel Journal 210 (1992)

The Pollution Exclusion in Michigan, 11 Michigan Environmental Law Journal 19 (1992)

Polluters Pay: A Statutory Overview, Laches (June, 1991)

Insurer-Assigned Counsel, MDTC/ADTC NewsBriefs (November, 1991)

Bystander Recovery in Tort, Laches (February, 1990)

When Must Parents Pay: The Law of Parental Responsibility, 69 Michigan Bar Journal 148 (1990)

In Defense of Attorneys, 65 Michigan Bar Journal 544 (1986)