Paraprofessionals

Rachelle R. Bagley
General and Automotive Liability

Joined Firm: 2016

Rachelle supports the attorneys in the General and Automotive Liability practice group. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in English.

Paraprofessional Callie J. MaxsonCallie J. Maxson
General and Automotive Liability
Professional Liability

Joined Firm: 2015

Callie supports the attorneys in the General and Automotive Liability practice group, as well as the Professional Liability practice group. Callie graduated from Lipscomb University, Tennessee (B.S. cum laude, 2001). She previously worked for the Federal Government for 13 years prior to joining the firm.

Paraprofessional Gaylynn M. BrooksGaylynn M. Brooks
Asbestos/Toxic Tort

Joined Firm: 2012

Gaylynn supports Collins Einhorn Farrell attorneys in our Asbestos/Toxic Tort practice group. She graduated from Miller-Motte College, North Carolina earning an Associates of Science degree in Paralegal Studies (2012).

Paraprofessional W. Michael MichalekW. Michael Michalek
Asbestos/Toxic Tort

Joined Firm: 2010

Mike supports Collins Einhorn Farrell attorneys who act as National Coordinating Counsel to companies involved in asbestos litigation. He also assists with the defense of Collins Einhorn Farrell clients in Michigan asbestos litigation. Mike holds two degrees from Michigan State University; a B.A. cum laude (1971) and M.B.A. (1981). He is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and is currently  a member of the Board of Advisors for the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan.

Paraprofessional Ann E. ColemanAnn E. Coleman
Asbestos/Toxic Tort

Joined Firm: 1989

Ann supports the Asbestos/Toxic Tort attorneys in their role as National Coordinating Counsel for over 17 clients in the evolving asbestos litigation. Ann works with attorneys in 46 states to facilitate discovery and reporting needs of the client, carrier representatives, and local counsel. Ann has been recognized by the State Bar of Michigan as a Shining Star. She also serves as the head the firm’s United Way Fund Drive Committee. Ann is a graduate of the University of Detroit (B.A. magna cum laude, 1988).

Michele M. Parsons
Asbestos/Toxic Tort
General and Automotive Liability
Insurance Coverage
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability

Joined Firm: 2001

Michele has worked in a number of practice areas within the firm, beginning in Asbestos/Toxic Tort, then expanding into various other litigation practice areas. She graduated magna cum laude from Oakland Community College with an Associate of Applied Science and Paralegal degree (2015). She is actively involved in a number of non-profits in the community, including Safari Animal Rescue and Camp Casey (a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer).

Paraprofessional Barbara FergusonBarbara M. Ferguson
General and Automotive Liability

Joined Firm: 2016

Barb works with the firm’s General and Automotive Liability attorneys. Before joining the firm, Barb primarily worked in the area of insurance defense. As a paraprofessional, Barb has seen cases from start to finish, including attending trials. Barb obtained her Associates Degree as well as her Paralegal certificate from Oakland Community College. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Shellie K. Patterson
General and Automotive Liability

Joined Firm: 2017

Shellie works with the attorneys in the General and Automotive Liability practice group. Shellie has experience in PIP, premises liability, general litigation and a number of other areas. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the Academy of Court Reporting after attending Oakland Community College.

Paraprofessional Janet FuhrmanJanet H. Fuhrman
Asbestos/Toxic Tort
General and Automotive Liability

Joined Firm: 1971

Janet has been with the firm since its inception, supporting the Collins Einhorn Farrell attorneys in the Asbestos/Toxic Tort practice group. She additionally provides support to the General and Automobile Liability practice group. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate from Oakland University.

Paraprofessional Jeffery R. SchottJeffery R. Schott
General and Automotive Liability
Insurance Coverage

Joined Firm: 2014

Jeff primarily works with the attorneys in the Insurance Coverage practice group. He additionally provides support to the general and Automotive Liability practice group. He is a graduate of Wayne State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1994.

Paraprofessional Samantha L. GarmanSamantha L. Garman
General and Automotive Liability

Joined Firm: 2015

Samantha supports the firm as a part of the General and Automotive Liability practice group. She graduated from Central Michigan in 2010 (magna cum laude) with a B.S. in Psychology. She earned a Paralegal Certificate from Oakland University in the winter of 2015.

Bettina M. Small
General and Automotive Liability

Joined Firm: 2017

Bettina works with our General and Automotive Liability attorneys. She has nearly 25 years of paralegal and trial experience in First- and Third-party litigation, medical malpractice, and other areas. Bettina holds two degrees from Central Michigan University; a Bachelor’s degree in Community Studies (magna cum laude) and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design. Bettina obtained her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Oakland Community College.

Paraprofessional Laurie E. HagenLaurie E. Hagen
General and Automotive Liability
Insurance Coverage
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability

Joined Firm: 2004

Laurie has over 17 years of experience as a litigation/trial paralegal focusing on medical malpractice and complex general liability. She graduated summa cum laude from Macomb County Community College with her A.A.S. Paralegal degree (1998). She graduated magna cum laude from St. Clair County Community College with an A.A.A. degree in Business Management (1998). She is an active member of the Oakland County Bar Association Paralegal Committee having served as the committee’s chair from 2012-2014.

Mark B. Springfield
General and Automotive Liability

Joined Firm: 2012

Mark primarily works with the attorneys in the Automotive Liability practice group and has over 30 years of administrative support experience. He attended Judson University on a basketball scholarship, and thereafter Oakland Community College. An avid hiker, Mark is trained as a wilderness first responder.

Paraprofessional Sandy M. LabaSandy M. Laba
Asbestos/Toxic Tort

Joined Firm: 2007

Sandy supports the Collins Einhorn Farrell attorneys in the Asbestos/Toxic Tort practice group. She has over 10 years of experience as a Paralegal in the areas of asbestos litigation and insurance defense. Sandy assists CEF attorneys in their role as National Coordinating Counsel. She holds two degrees from Oakland Community College; a A.A.S. in Paralegal (magna cum laude 2004), and A.L.A. (summa cum laude 2006).

Paraprofessional Dayna A. WarnertDayna A. Warnert
Asbestos/Toxic Tort

Joined Firm: 2014

Dayna, a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Michigan, supports Collins Einhorn Farrell attorneys who act as National Coordinating Counsel to companies involved in asbestos litigation. Dayna graduated from Michigan State University (B.A. with honors, 2005) and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 2012).

Paraprofessional Anthony J. LiggettAnthony J. Liggett
General and Automotive Liability
Professional Liability

Joined Firm: 2008

Tony primarily works with the attorneys in the General and Automotive Liability practice group. Tony is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.S. 1979) and obtained his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law (1993). Tony currently serves as a board member of the Hamtramck Community Initiative.