Julie Fershtman

Foster Swift Collins & Smith

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Foster Swift Collins & Smith


Julie I. Fershtman is a Shareholder and a Vice President of the full-service law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, ( in its Southfield, Michigan, office where her practice includes business litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, and equine law.  She has tried cases before juries in 4 states and has been pro hac vice counsel in 18 jurisdictions. 


She is a past President of the State Bar of Michigan.  In the ABA House of Delegates, she served a term from 2010-2012 and is now serving another term as a State Bar of Michigan Delegate.  She was a recipient of the ABA-TIPS "Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" in 2017.


She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2020 for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers from 2008-2019, which also named her one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan" and "Top 50 Woman Lawyers in Michigan."


She has authored over 400 published articles and 4 books on topics that include liability, contracts, and risk management.  The ABA has published the following books that she wrote or co-wrote: Equine Law and Horse Sense (author), Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers (co-author/co-editor), The Road to Independence (chapter contributor), and Marketing Success Stories, First and Second Editions (chapter contributor).  In addition, she is the author of Equine Law & Horse Sense (Horses & The Law Publishing, 1996) and MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense (Horses & The Law Publishing, 2000).  Her speaking engagements on legal issues span 29 states. 


She graduated from Emory College in 1983 and Emory Law School in 1986. 


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