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Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Henry E. Ibe has joined the firm’s General and Automotive Liability practice group. Ibe focuses his practice on a variety of defense litigation matters, with an emphasis on and defending first- and third-party automobile liability claims. Prior to joining Collins Einhorn Farrell, he worked as an associate at a business law firm offering legal services to startups and entrepreneurs in Detroit. Subsequently, he worked as an associate at a prominent Detroit-based defense litigation firm.

Attorney Lauren A. Frederick successfully drafted and argued a motion for summary disposition in a…

Attorney Scott J. Pawlak and Kevin P. Moloughney won a Summary Disposition in Wayne County Circuit…

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC announced today that 15 of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list. An additional four attorneys from Collins Einhorn were named to the 2016 Michigan Rising Stars list.

Attorney Zach M. Zurek, a member of Collins Einhorn Farrell’s General and Automotive Liability Group, obtained a defense verdict in an Oakland County third-party automobile negligence case. After a lengthy trial, the Jury found that Mr. Zurek’s client did not proximately cause the injury Plaintiff claimed was a result of the automobile accident at issue.

Attorney Lauren A. Frederick successfully drafted and argued a motion for summary disposition in a first-party no-fault subrogation action. The plaintiff sued the defendant to recoup first-party no-fault benefits paid on behalf of the plaintiff’s subrogor, as the plaintiff claimed that the defendant was in a higher order of priority for payment of PIP benefits. After the case had been pending for over a year, the judge allowed the plaintiff-insurer to add an additional defendant-insurer as a “necessary party.” Though, the additional defendant-insurer never had notice of the accident. After the defendant-insurer filed a motion for summary disposition in lieu of an answer based upon the one-year notice requirement set forth in the No-Fault Act, the judge held that the court improperly joined the additional defendant-insurer to the action, and that the plaintiff-insurer failed to give the requisite notice. The plaintiff’s case was dismissed with prejudice.

Social media is everywhere. On our desks, on the news, and even on our phones. And for many people, the advent of social media has torn down traditional barriers and privacy norms. From the novel to the mundane, people of all ages are able to broadcast to a vast audience such fascinating things as what they ate for breakfast. Most social networks give users the option to keep their information private, accessible to only a limited number of their friends and family, but even when they do, there is a certain amount of information that remains visible to the public.

It seems that there is something about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like that causes users to throw caution to the wind, and post things that perhaps they wouldn’t dream of saying or doing “in real life.” This artificial sense of freedom is the very reason that these platforms, depending on how we look at them, can either be a treasure trove of information or Pandora’s box of problems when it comes to information pertaining to a client’s case. The real question then becomes whether or not the court will allow the defense to open that box and get a look inside. Ultimately, whether we are representing an injured plaintiff or a defendant who denies liability, our goals are to insure that we are protecting the interests of our clients; properly preserving digital evidence, and, in the case of defense counsel, investigating the claims of a plaintiff as thoroughly as possible.

Attorneys Deborah A. Lujan and Kari L. Melkonian won summary disposition in favor of a snow removal contractor in a premises liability action arising out of a slip and fall on ice. The Court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint against the snow removal contractor finding that plaintiff failed to establish that contractor created the alleged hazard.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC President Michael J. Sullivan has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Metro Detroit. This is the fifth time Sullivan has been designated as a “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been recognized as such in the field of Professional Malpractice law in 2011, 2013, and 2017, in addition to having been named the “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Legal Malpractice Law in 2012 and 2014. Sullivan is also one of eleven attorneys within the firm who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. This also marks the seventh year in a row that a Collins Einhorn lawyer has been named the “Lawyer of the Year” in the fields of either Professional Malpractice Law or Legal Malpractice Law. Sullivan has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past eight consecutive years.

Attorney Noreen L. Slank has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Metro Detroit. This is the second time Ms. Slank has received the “Lawyer of the Year” recognition. Slank is also one of eleven attorneys within the firm who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, recognized for her work in the fields of Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 11 consecutive years.