Theresa M. Asoklis

theresa.asoklis@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-351-5411
F: 248-351-5422
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For over two decades, Theresa has focused her practice on the defense of professional liability claims, and attorney and judicial disciplinary proceedings. Theresa has defended attorneys, insurance agents, real estate agents, engineers, surveyors and architects in a wide array of civil matters. Theresa also maintains an active general liability defense practice, including claims arising out of auto and trucking accidents, and complex premises liability matters. Theresa has successfully tried many legal malpractice, auto negligence, first party no-fault, premises liability, insurance coverage, and attorney fee disputes. She has also prevailed in a number of significant appellate opinions in the legal malpractice, insurance coverage, and judicial disciplinary arenas.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Professional Liability
General & Automotive Liability
Grievance Defense
Judicial Disciplinary Matters

 


EDUCATION

Wayne State University
(J.D. 1989)

Wayne State University
(B.A. with distinction, 1986)


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


ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (Metro Detroit)
—- Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
—– (2015)

Best Lawyers of America®
—- Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
—– (2010-2018)

Super Lawyers™
—- Professional Liability (2008-2018)
—- Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers
—– (2010-2012)

DBusiness® Top Lawyer
—- Professional Malpractice Law
—– (2012-2013, 2015-2017)
—- Legal Malpractice Law
—– (2012-2014, 2016)
—- Professional Liability (2010)

Distinguished Brief Award (co-winner), sponsored by the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and awarded to the three most scholarly briefs submitted to the Michigan Supreme Court (2001)

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

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Oakland County Bar Association
Macomb County Bar Association
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Michigan State Bar Foundation (Fellow)
Oakland County Bar Foundation (Fellow)


PROMINENT OUTCOMES

In re Chmura, 461 Mich 517 (2000) (declared canon pertaining to judicial campaign conduct unconstitutional)

In re Chmura (After Remand), 464 Mich. 58 (2001) (rejecting Judicial Tenure Commission’s recommendation of discipline, and declaring that judge’s campaign literature was literally or substantially true and/or communicated mere rhetorical hyperbole protected by the First Amendment)

Bailey v. Bailey, 2008 WL 324156, ED MI Feb 6, 2008 (Summary judgment for attorney alleged to have violated wiretapping statutes)

Alterman v. Provizer, 195 Mich App 422 (1992) (summary disposition in favor of client in legal malpractice case affirmed under collateral estoppel doctrine)

St. Paul Insurance v. American Home, 444 Mich 560 (1994) (successfully resolved coverage dispute in favor of client — excess insurer)


PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Think Twice before You ‘Cyber-Snoop’: Potential Professional Liability for Activities Related to Electronic Communications and Wiretapping, IADC Roundtable, Chicago IL (May 2010)

The Malpractice Statute of Limitations: Judicial Interpretation Run Amok, Laches (February 1994)


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Theresa is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton Township, Michigan where she served on the Church’s governing board and actively volunteers her time in other church and school-related activities.


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