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Collins Einhorn is pleased to announce that we have proudly teamed with Covenant House Michigan (CHM) as the beneficiary of our 2017 firm-wide charity auction. CHM is a local non-profit that provides hope to Detroit area homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. As part of our fundraising initiative, we are accepting donations of gift baskets, tickets, and other items for our employees to bid on. All proceeds raised will be donated to Covenant House Michigan, a very worthy organization.

If you or your business are interested in donating an item for our auction, please contact Andi Oleszczak at To learn more about Covenant House Michigan, visit Thank you!

Attorney Colleen H. Burke obtained summary disposition for a shopping center owner who was sued for allegedly failing to maintain the property. Burke was able to demonstrate to the Court that the condition was open and obvious and that the property owner was not liable for the injuries from plaintiff’s slip and fall.

Attorneys Kari L. Melkonian and Patrick J. Walbridge recently obtained two summary dispositions in Wayne County Circuit Court. The first was on behalf of a hotel in a case arising out of a slip and fall on water at a wedding reception. The other was on behalf of a restaurant in an implied warranty and food safety act claim arising out of dental injuries sustained from a foreign object in a salad. To read the full details of both, click on the headline.

Attorney Karen R. Geibel obtained a no-cause jury verdict in Lapeer County Circuit Court for a bar in a Dram Shop Act claim arising out of a fight between patrons in a parking lot. For full details, click on the headline.

Attorney David C. Anderson has been elected to the Professional Liability Defense Federation Board of Directors. The Professional Liability Defense Federation is a not-for-profit organization designed to bring together attorneys, claims professionals and risk management specialists to share expertise and information helpful to the successful defense of professional liability claims.

An amicus brief, authored by Collins Einhorn Farrell appellate attorney Jonathan B. Koch, was filed by the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel in support of the defendant’s application for leave to appeal inMartin v Milham Meadows. The issue in Martin is whether the basement stairs in the plaintiff’s rented townhouse were “fit for the use intended by the parties” and/or whether the defendants kept the stairs in “reasonable repair.” To read further, click on the headline.

Attorneys Patrick J. Walbridge and Scott J. Pawlak obtained summary disposition on behalf of a no-fault insurer in a subrogation claim for damage to a motorized wheelchair. The Plaintiff insurance company sought $30,000 from Defendant, based on the argument that the wheelchair was tangible property. Walbridge and Pawlak argued that the wheelchair should instead be considered a prosthetic device under the Michigan No-Fault Act, meaning that damage to it was compensable as a personal injury protection benefit. The Court engaged in a detailed analysis of this issue, which it acknowledged was one of first impression, and ultimately agreed with Defendant’s argument, dismissing Plaintiff’s claim with prejudice.

Attorney Rick Braun will be a speaking on the topic of take-home asbestos exposure at…

Attorney Kari L. Melkonian successfully defended a breach of contract and unfair collection practices claim on behalf of a cable services provider. Plaintiff filed suit in the 61st District Court seeking damages as a result of the company’s collection efforts. The matter proceeded to trial and the Court granted a directed verdict in favor of the defendant and dismissed plaintiff’s claims with prejudice.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC announced today that 16 of its attorneys have been named to the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers list, and an additional nine attorneys were named to the 2017 Michigan Rising Stars list. In addition, Melissa Graves and Noreen Slank have received additional distinctions. Click on headline for full details.