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We are pleased to announce that our partner Deborah A. Lujan has been named a 2018 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Ms. Lujan, selected for her dedication, leadership, and going above and beyond the call in support of her clients and her firm, is one of 30 distinguished lawyers who were chosen to receive this prestigious award. The state’s largest legal newspaper says that this year’s honorees “are changing the law, expanding access to justice and improving the profession and their communities. They are the lawyers in Michigan setting the example for other lawyers.” For full details, please click on the headline.

Collins Einhorn attorneys Theresa M. Asoklis and Michael J. Cook successfully defended a complex, large damage, legal-malpractice case. After the trial court denied two motions for summary disposition, Asoklis and Cook, obtained a rare grant of leave to appeal from the Court of Appeals. The appellate court then reversed, finding that the trial court should have granted summary disposition to the defendants based on the expiration of the statute of limitations. To read further, click on the headline.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Sam S. Mate, Jr. has joined the firm’s Automotive Liability practice group. Mr. Mate’s practice focuses on first- and third-party litigation matters and no-fault claims. He brings to the firm a strong background in defending first- and third-party automobile liability claims from start to finish. Click on the headline for full details.

Working on behalf of a no-fault insurer, attorney Scott J. Pawlak obtained summary disposition of Plaintiff’s claims in Oakland County Circuit Court due to Plaintiff’ fraudulent representations in his claim for benefits. By obtaining testimony from Plaintiff and his services provider that “directly and specifically contradicted” the representations made in Plaintiff’s replacement service statements, Attorney Pawlak was able to persuade the Court that the Plaintiff had committed fraud under the policy, without having to rely on surveillance evidence. The Plaintiff’s and his provider’s claims were dismissed with prejudice.

We are pleased to announce that attorney Kyle N. Smith has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) Golden Gavel Award. This award recognizes young lawyers who have been practicing fewer than ten years and have demonstrated significant achievement in the area of advancing “young attorneys” by way of mentoring, civic leadership, charitable endeavors and the promotion of the reputation of the profession through professionalism and courtesy. For full details, please click on the headline.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Ticara D. Hendley has joined the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hendley worked as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Third Judicial Court of Michigan, Civil Division with the Honorable Leslie Kim Smith. To read the full announcement, click on the headline.

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorneys Joshua I. Arnkoff, Patrick M. Edwartowski, and Stephen D. Jacobites have been elected partners in the firm. To read the full details, click on the headline.

Attorneys Lauren Frederick and Brian Catrinar, both members of Collins Einhorn’s General and Automotive Liability Group, recently obtained a defense verdict in a Wayne County first-party no-fault case. After a seven-day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of no cause of action, finding that plaintiff’s claim of accidental bodily injuries did not arise out of the automobile accident at issue. To learn more, click on the headline.

Defense litigation attorney Matthew S. LaBeau of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC will be a featured speaker at the 5th annual ICLE No-Fault Summit, to be held in Plymouth, Michigan on April 26-27, 2018. He will be joined by plaintiff attorney Adrienne D. Logeman of Logeman Iafrate & Logeman PC. The session, “Using the Claims File to Prove and Disprove Damages at Trial,” will cover, from both sides, what proofs are required for different types of claims, techniques to both trigger and avoid claims for interest and attorney fees, and tips for submitting timely proofs. The presentation will take place on Thursday, April 26 as part of the two-day conference. Registration is available at www.icle.org/no-fault or by calling ICLE at (877) 229-4350.

Judge Warren of the Oakland County Circuit Court granted Defendant’s motion for summary disposition in a case where medical providers submitted assignments purporting to transfer their patient’s right to collect PIP benefits from two companies that were not Defendant. Plaintiffs argued that these assignments should allow them to bring a cause of action against Defendant, an automobile insurance company, because of its business relationship with the other companies. They claimed Defendant and the other companies were all essentially the same entity and it was just a clerical mistake that the assignments did not name Defendant. Judge Warren agreed with defense attorneys Patrick J. Walbridge and Kevin P. Moloughney, who argued that the assignments could not be construed as transferring any cause of action against Defendant that the patient might have possessed.