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Rachelle R. Bagley

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. Rachelle has seven years of experience as a paralegal and handles a wide variety of cases.

Kimberly J. Bryden

Kimberly supports the Collins Einhorn Farrell attorneys in the General and Automotive practice group. She has over 25 years of experience as a Paralegal providing trial and administrative support. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in paralegal studies with a minor in business from Madonna University. Kimberly has worked as litigation paralegal handling a wide range of insurance defense claims, including general and trucking/transportation liability.

Ann E. Coleman

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 served as the head the firm’s United Way Fund Drive Committee and continues to support the firms other charitable efforts. Ann is a graduate of the University of Detroit (B.A. magna cum laude, 1988).

Abigail H. Donoghue

Abbey supports the attorneys in the Professional Liability practice group. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communcations from Moody Bible Institute in 1998. Abbey was employed by Berrien County Circuit Court for 15 years holding various positions during her tenure; supervisor of the assignment division, police officer, and probation officer. Prior to joining CEF she served as the Chief Civil Clerk of the 31st District Court for three years.

Barbara M. Ferguson

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.

Samantha L. Garman

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.

Laurie E. Hagen

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.

Sandy M. Laba

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).

Anthony J. Liggett

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.

W. Michael Michalek

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.

Michele M. Parsons

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).

Shellie K. Patterson

Shellie primarily works with the General and Automotive Liability practice group. Shellie has over 28 years of paralegal and trial experience in First and Third-Party litigation as well as bankruptcy, wills and trusts and general litigation. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the Academy of Court Reporting after attending Oakland Community College.

Jeffery R. Schott

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

Bettina M. Small

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.

Mark B. Springfield

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.

Delilah M. Toumi

Delilah supports the attorneys in the firm’s General and Automotive Liability group. Delilah graduated from Henry Ford College having earned an Associate of Art-Interior Design and an Associate of Business-Paralegal Studies. She has over 20 years of experience in various areas of law, including automotive liability defense.

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