Brian D. Einhorn

03/01/2020
Brian D. Einhorn
Attorney

Brian D. Einhorn

Attorney

Brian D. Einhorn

Summary

Brian has been at the forefront of legal issues affecting lawyers, judges, courts, businesses and insurers almost from the beginning of his legal career. He has litigated numerous court cases and disciplinary proceedings that have shaped Michigan law – with issues ranging from lawyers’ potential liability to clients for defamation, to judicial candidates’ free speech rights. He has defended many district and circuit courts throughout the state, including Michigan’s largest and most populous, against §1983 actions and similar claims. He also provides crisis management services to clients confronted with legal issues giving rise to unwelcome media attention. Brian has tried in excess of 100 cases to verdict. He continues to apply his considerable experience and expertise to complex professional malpractice, disciplinary, product liability, insurance coverage, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. Brian has also served as the President of the State Bar of Michigan.


Credentials

Education
  • Wayne State University (J.D. 1967)
  • Eastern Michigan University (B.S. 1963)
Admissions
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Professional Activities
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Past President (2013-2014)
    • Officer, Board of Commissioners (2004-2014)
Accomplishments
  • Recipient of the Earl J. Cline Award for Excellence by the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section (2011)
  • Recipient of the Excellence in Defense Award by the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (2012)
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (Metro Detroit)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2014, 2018, 2020)
    • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2017)
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2016)
  • Best Lawyers of America®
    • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2012-2020)
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2012-2020)
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2012-2020)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2012-2020)
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Professional Liability (2007-2019)
  • DBusiness® Top Lawyer
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2012-2013, 2015-2018)
    • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2011, 2015-2016, 2018)
    • Insurance Law (2016)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2015)
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2015, 2020)
    • Professional Liability (2010)
  • “Leaders in the Law” Award, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated (5.0 out of 5.0)
Prominent Outcomes

Brian represented an attorney who obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in a product-liability action. Another law firm claimed that it contributed to the settlement and demanded a $550,000 share of the attorney’s $1.8 million fee. Brian defended the attorney against the law firm’s claim. The law firm was ultimately awarded less than a quarter of its demand. (Jan 2017)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Presented to the Black Lawyers Association on the topic of the Judicial Tenure Commission (January 2017)

Speaker, “No-Fault and Third-Party Liability In Michigan – A Reference,” Denver, Colorado (September 1994)

Speaker, “How to Settle Negligence Cases Before Discovery,” Oakland County Bar Association (April 1989)

Speaker, “Legal Malpractice In Michigan,” presented at various local bar associations in both Upper and Lower Michigan (1992-1996)

Author, The Lawyer, As Defendant; No Joke, News Brief (Fall 1993)

Attorneys Brian Einhorn and Karen Geibel Obtain Summary Disposition in Legal-Malpractice Case

Attorneys Brian D. Einhorn and Karen R. Geibel obtained summary disposition for their client in a legal-malpractice case. Brian and Karen successfully argued that the plaintiff’s claims were invalid because their client’s statements—the basis for the plaintiff’s malicious-prosecution claim—were made in a judicial proceeding and therefore absolutely privileged. They also argued that the plaintiff couldn’t pursue a legal-malpractice claim at all because there was no attorney-client relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant. The Wayne County Circuit Court agreed, dismissing all claims against Brian and Karen’s client.

Attorney Brian D. Einhorn Successfully Represents Attorney Against Law Firm Claim

Attorney Brian D. Einhorn represented an attorney who obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in a product-liability action. Another law firm claimed that it contributed to the settlement and demanded a $550,000 share of the attorney’s $1.8 million fee. Mr. Einhorn defended the attorney against the law firm’s claim. The law firm was ultimately awarded less than a quarter of its demand.

Brian D. Einhorn Named the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Detroit for the Third Year

Attorney Brian D. Einhorn has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Metro Detroit. This is the third time Einhorn has received such recognition. He has also been previously been listed as a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2016) and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2014). Einhorn is also one of eleven attorneys within the firm who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017, recognized for his work in the fields of Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

11 Collins Einhorn Farrell PC Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America List

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have been named to the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America©. For over three decades, Best Lawyers® has been considered the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has since partnered with U.S. News®, the leading rankings publication in the U.S., to rank…

Brian Einhorn on judicial reform

Collins Einhorn founding member and current president of the State Bar of Michigan Brian D. Einhorn devotes this month’s President’s Page to the subject of judicial reform in Michigan. The full article is available through the Michigan Bar Journal.

Brian Einhorn sworn in as 79th president of the State Bar of Michigan

Brian D. Einhorn, a founding member of Collins Einhorn, was sworn in as the 79th president of the State Bar of Michigan on September 19, 2013. Brian has been practicing law for over forty years and focuses his practice on professional liability defense, including the defense of legal malpractice actions. He also defends lawyers and…

Brian Einhorn featured in OCBA@Work

Collins Einhorn attorney Brian Einhorn is featured in the latest OCBA@Work, published by the Oakland County Bar Association. It’s a quick read that provides some great insights into one of our firm’s founders and the next president of the State Bar of Michigan.

Brian D. Einhorn sworn in as President Elect of The State Bar of Michigan

Collins Einhorn is pleased to announce that our colleague, Brian D. Einhorn, has been sworn in as the President-Elect of the State Bar of Michigan. The State Bar is an organization of over 42,000 members that works to improve the administration of justice, promotes the legal profession, and builds public understanding of our legal system.

Brian Einhorn Selected as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 25 “Leaders in the Law for 2012”

Collins Einhorn proudly announces that our colleague, Brian Einhorn, has been selected as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 25 “Leaders in the Law for 2012.” Honorees were chosen from the nominations of peers, colleagues and associates based on criteria consisting of: (1) Exemplifying the noble tradition of the legal profession, coupled with commitment to practicing…

Brian Einhorn Receives 2011 Earl J. Cline Award

Brian Einhorn is the recipient of the 2011 Earl J. Cline Award. This award is presented in recognition of the attorney’s superb skills in the field of negligence law and dispute resolution. Prior recipients include a number of judges and attorneys recognized as experts in their fields.

Brian Einhorn speaks at 2009 Young Lawyers Summit

Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff attorney Brian Einhorn was a featured speaker at the 2009 Young Lawyers Summit held in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Brian spoke on the “10+ Commandments That if Followed ‘Religiously’ Will Increase Your Enjoyment About the Practice of Law, Allow You to Make More Money in the Practice, and May Even Prevent…

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