Nicole E. Wilinski

03/01/2020
Nicole E. Wilinski
Attorney

Nicole E. Wilinski

Attorney

Nicole E. Wilinski

Summary

Nicole focuses her practice in the area of insurance coverage litigation. She has extensive experience representing insurance carriers in complex coverage litigation in both state and federal courts throughout Michigan and the Midwest, including in the areas of environmental and construction law. As part of her practice, Nicole regularly provides coverage opinions and proposed coverage position letters on behalf of insurers arising out of claims for property damage, construction defects, fraud and/or misrepresentations, personal and advertising injury, and bodily injury claims.

Practice Areas

Credentials

Education
  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D. cum laude, 2000)
  • University of Michigan (B.A. 1997)
Admissions
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Division, Indiana

Admitted Pro Hac Vice in numerous states and federal courts

Professional Activities
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Insurance and Indemnity Law Section (Treasurer)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Oakland | Women’s Bar Association (President from 2009-2010)
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (Past Director at Large)
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation (Secretary)
  • Consulting Co-editor of Michigan Insurance Law and Practice – Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Beginning 2018)
Community Involvement

Nicole is an active volunteer with the Baldwin Elementary Parent Teachers Association.

Accomplishments
  • Best Lawyers of America®
    • Insurance Law (2018-2021)
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Insurance Coverage (2016-2019)
    • Rising Star (2010)
  • DBusiness® Top Lawyer
    • Insurance Litigation (2013-2014, 2020)
  • Up & Coming Lawyer, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2010)
Prominent Outcomes

Tenneco, Inc. v Amerisure Mut Ins Co, 281 Mich App 429 (2008) – defended carrier in environmental coverage litigation involving multi-million dollar claims at five sites in three states; obtained favorable decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals holding carrier entitled to summary disposition on the basis of late notice, voluntary payment/no action provisions, laches and statute of limitations

Obtained dismissal for insurer in Michigan in auto-policy fraud case

Drafted coverage opinions and recommendations for insurers on issues relating to personal and advertising injury, property damage, bodily injury and professional services exclusions

Defended carrier in coverage litigation and settlement negotiations involving indemnity claims from alleged additional insureds arising out of a severe construction workplace accident

Provided coverage analysis and drafted declination letter on behalf of carrier in response to environmental claims relating to three Michigan sites

Publications & Speaking Engagements

To Mentor or not to Mentor, LACHES, Co-Author (March 2018)

Co-Author of Ohio Chapter of the 2017 Defense Research Institute Construction Litigation Desk Reference, a State-by-State Compendium

Implied Disparagement, DRI Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium, Co-Author (May 2014)

ALFA Michigan Property/Casualty Insurance Update (February 2011)

CLEO Sophomore Summer Institute Luncheon on Practice Area Diversity, Women’s Bar Association, Panel Member (June 15, 2010)

CLEO Sophomore Summer Institute Luncheon on Bar Association Leadership, Oakland County Bar Association, Panel Co-Moderator (June 9, 2010)

“Corporate Designee Depositions of the Insurer/Insured: Avoiding Pitfalls in the Selection and Preparation of Designee Witnesses,” ABA-TIPS-Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Tucson (2007)

Sixteen Attorneys Listed as 2021 “Top Lawyers” by DBusiness

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that sixteen attorneys have been named to the 2021 “Top Lawyers” list by DBusiness magazine: David C. Anderson Legal Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law Product Liability Joshua I. Arnkoff  Legal Malpractice Law Professional Malpractice Law Theresa M. Asoklis Legal Malpractice Law  Professional Malpractice Law Donald D. Campbell…

Nicole E. Wilinski Named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” Class of 2020

We are proud to announce that Nicole E. Wilinski has been named a 2020 Michigan Lawyers Weekly 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…

Twenty-Three Collins Einhorn Farrell PC Attorneys Recognized by 2020 Super Lawyers®

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is proud to announce that 15 of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list, and an additional 8 attorneys were named to the 2020 Michigan Rising Stars list. Additionally, Melissa Graves was named to the Top 50: 2020 Women Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, a…

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC Announces New Partners

We are pleased to announce that attorneys Rick Braun, Michael J. Cook and Nicole E. Wilinski have been elected partners in the firm. Rick Braun is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized mass-tort defense group. He focuses his practice on the defense of asbestos claims, and has defended premises owners, non-manufacturing suppliers, and manufacturers…

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC announces the addition of attorney Nicole E. Wilinski to its Insurance Coverage Practice Group

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that attorney Nicole E. Wilinski has joined the firm’s Insurance Coverage practice group. Wilinski will focus her practice in the area of insurance coverage litigation and has extensive experience in representing insurance providers in coverage cases throughout Michigan and the Midwest. In addition to her experience in…

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