Results-driven civil litigator with a dual career as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer, Captain in the Michigan Army National Guard. As a pioneer of innovative client litigation strategies and implementation of best practices, international and nationwide corporations and insurers are among those who entrust their companies’ liability and business disputes to the trustworthy legal advice that vast knowledge and experience provides. Her zealous advocacy and courtroom success have provided her clients with significant victories in summary disposition motions involving multi-million dollar claims, no-cause verdict, and lawsuit dismissals at the early stages of litigation as a result of effective negotiations. In the role of a JAG Officer, a dynamic set of skills is required to tackle the robust, evolving issues within the military context, including training and legal advice on issues including state of domestic disaster readiness, internal investigations, defense of soldiers in administrative proceedings, ethics, and legislative mandates.
Michigan State University College of Law (J.D. cum laude, 2013)
Olivet Nazarene University (B.A. magna cum laude, 2010)
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
MaryRachel has the honor of providing pro bono services, offering legal advice along with guidance and support to clients through her bilingual skills.
She has continued to give back to her community by volunteering as guest judge at the Michigan State College of Law Regional Arbitration Competition and University of Michigan’s Legal Practice Program, providing mentorship and career advice to aspiring students.
Best Lawyers of America® Ones to Watch
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2024)
Super Lawyers Rising Stars
Personal Injury Litigation – Defense (2023)
Women in the Law Award Recipient (2019)
Successfully completed MIIASIU’s Annual Training Seminar on Fake Claims – Real Investigations (2017)
Walter E. Oberer Scholarship recipient for excellence in trial advocacy performance
Jurisprudence Award, MSU Law Trial Practice Institute
Obtained verdict of no cause of action in a medical provider’s lawsuit for first-party no-fault benefits. The provider claimed that the claimant sustained a brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, which caused an eye condition – “vertical heterophoria.” The provider prescribed fractional prismatic lenses to correct her claimed condition. The defendant insurance company disputed causation, as well as the reasonableness, necessity, and efficaciousness of the at-issue treatment . After a 3-day trial, the jury found that the provider’s treatment was not reasonable or necessary.
Won summary disposition of a $641,361.09 claim for no-fault benefits, based on the statutory “intentional act” defense of MCL 500.3105(4). The Court found that the plaintiff’s intent to kill himself was so evident that not even his blood-alcohol level or testimony from his psychiatry expert regarding his impaired cognitive functioning could defeat summary disposition.
Obtained summary disposition for an automobile insurance company regarding plaintiff’s claim for uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. The motion for summary disposition was primarily based on plaintiff’s failure to prove she sustained a “threshold injury” pursuant to McCormick because the diagnostic imaging findings did not demonstrate an objective injury caused by the motor vehicle accident.
Won summary disposition motion in favor of an automobile no-fault insurer. Plaintiff, a medical provider, claimed to be entitled to medical expenses, interest, and fees totaling more than $140,000.00, incurred on behalf of a claimant who was allegedly injured in an automobile accident. Click here for full details. (August 2017)
Successfully argued motion for summary disposition of plaintiff’s dental malpractice claim against defendant dentist, because plaintiff failed to comply with the statutorily mandated procedures for filing a dental malpractice claim.
Successfully obtained summary disposition in a lawsuit seeking no-fault and uninsured motorist benefits. The Judge granted the defendant-insurer’s motion for summary disposition and dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint due to plaintiff’s fraudulent actions.
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, including three receiving “Lawyer of the Year” distinction. Eleven of the 27 lawyers have been included in the Ones to Watch edition, which recognizes attorneys who are early in their careers…
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that 22 of our firm’s lawyers have been included in the 2023 editions of Super Lawyers. Seven of the 22 recognized lawyers have been included in the Rising Stars edition, which recognizes attorneys who are early in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private…
In Craig v Wegienka, the plaintiff raised a variety of causation and due-process arguments in an effort to overturn the trial court’s grant of summary disposition in an automobile-negligence claim. CEF attorney Erin Rodenhouse obtained a Court of Appeals’ opinion affirming the trial court. Wearing all black, Craig ran into a five-lane highway with no…
An insurer’s decision to rescind a no-fault insurance policy because it was fraudulently procured does not automatically result in a rescission applicable to all claimants. Rather, the court must perform a separate balancing of the equities between the insurer and each third-party claimant. In El-Achkar v Sentinel Ins Co, Ltd (Docket No. 348380), an unpublished…
Ever since the Michigan Supreme Court issued Bazzi v Sentinel Ins Co, 502 Mich 390; 919 NW2d 20 (2018), courts have wrestled with balancing the equities in rescission cases involving third parties to an insurance contract. In Mullen v Progressive Marathon Ins Co (Docket No. 350015), an unpublished decision, the Court of Appeals ruled that…
We are pleased to announce that MaryRachel Dysarz has been named a 2019 Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law Award recipient. The selection criteria included commitment to excellence in the practice of law, inspiring and accomplished leadership in the profession, mentoring, and significant contributions of time and effort to volunteer and pro bono activities….
Collins Einhorn Farrell is pleased to announce that attorneys MaryRachel Dysarz, Karen Geibel, and Charles Wojno have been elected partners in the firm. Collins Einhorn Farrell is pleased to announce that attorneys, Charles Wojno, Karen Geibel, and MaryRachel Dysarz have been elected partners in the firm. The promotions become effective on January 1, 2019. All…
After a 3-day jury trial, attorneys MaryRachel Dysarz and Lauren Frederick obtained a no cause of action in a first-party no-fault provider case. Vision Specialists of Michigan claimed that the defendant-insurer wrongfully refused to pay no-fault benefits incurred on behalf of the allegedly brain-injured claimant. For full details, click the headline.
Attorneys MaryRachel Dysarz and Lauren Frederick obtained summary disposition of a $641,361.09 claim for no-fault benefits, based on the statutory “intentional act” defense of MCL 500.3105(4). The Court found that the plaintiff’s intent to kill himself was so evident that not even his blood-alcohol level or testimony from his psychiatry expert regarding his impaired cognitive functioning could defeat summary disposition. For full details, click the headline.
Attorneys Ashley S. Dickey and MaryRachel Dysarz won a summary disposition motion in favor of an automobile no-fault insurer. Plaintiff, a medical provider, claimed to be entitled to medical expenses, interest, and fees totaling more than $140,000.00, incurred on behalf of a claimant who was allegedly injured in an automobile accident. Click on headline for full details.
Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney MaryRachel Dysarz has joined the firm’s General and Automotive Liability practice group. Ms. Dysarz focuses her practice on general liability and first- and third-party automotive defense. She provides clients with guidance through the litigation process, beginning from the discovery phase through trial. Ms. Dysarz has vast experience preparing and successfully arguing motions for summary disposition on behalf of clients. In addition to her automotive liability background, Dysarz has also handled medical/dental professional liability, premise liability, and general negligence cases.