Motor Vehicle Litigation

 

Our Motor Vehicle Litigation Practice Group is committed to aggressively defending motor-carriers, owners and operators of motor vehicles, as well as a growing number of Michigan's respected and well established automobile insurance companies. Secrest Wardle attorneys are well versed in litigation involving third party motor vehicle negligence claims, first party personal injury protection benefit claims and various insurance coverage disputes. Over the years we have built an impressive record of litigation victories in the state and federal courts.

 

In 1996, Michigan implemented significant tort reform which led to the mass filing of third party and first party lawsuits prior to the effective date of the new laws. Despite tort reform, the Motor Vehicle Litigation Practice Group handles approximately 300 cases per year in various jurisdictions.

 

In 1935, Sears opened its first Allstate office in Detroit and selected Secrest Wardle as its first defense firm. Since then, the list of valued automobile insurance companies that have retained the Firm to represent their insureds has steadily grown. In addition, we also represent self-insured companies and motor-carriers of various sizes. Our Motor Vehicle Litigation Practice Group is pleased to assist you with your motor vehicle and coverage litigation needs.

 

Our expertise extends to: 

  • Accident reconstruction
  • Bio-mechanics
  • Closed head injury claims
  • Coverage litigation
  • Expert witness interaction
  • First party No-Fault claims
  • Tort claims
  • Trauma-related medicine
  • Uninsured and underinsured motorist claims

Group Chair
  Vanneste, Mark C.
Partner

Group Members
Azoni, Thomas J.
Senior Partner

Edmonds, Nathan J.
Senior Partner

Masters, Mark F.
Senior Partner

Morley, Mark E.
Senior Partner

Anstess, Lisa Sabon
Executive Partner

Bradley, James R.
Executive Partner

McDonald, Paul A.
Executive Partner

Randazzo, Anthony A.
Executive Partner

Scott, Margaret A.
Executive Partner

Walburn, Sarah L.
Executive Partner

Antisdale, Terri L.
Partner

Brainer, Julie A.
Partner

Cole, Justin L.
Partner

Consolo, Matthew J.
Partner

Fopma, Amanda B.
Partner

Givskud, David M.
Partner

Glass, Devon R.
Partner

Grimske, Justin A.
Partner

Hermiz, Krystal D.
Partner

Joyce, Kellie C.
Partner

Khessina, Olga
Partner

Molloy, James P.
Partner

Neville, Lisa A.
Partner

Rizzo, Daniel T.
Partner

Rojas, Diego J.
Partner

Schlinker, John C
Partner

Townsend, Renee T.
Partner

Vander Veer, C. Grant
Partner

Weston, John L.
Partner

Williams, Javon L.
Partner

David, Javon R.
Associate

Fitzgerald, Lori B.
Associate

Hester, Aleasha L.
Associate

Holloway, Amber Rouse
Associate

Jugan, Zachary S.
Associate

Knurek, Tyler M.
Associate

McLaughlin, Rebecca M.
Associate

Nikolovski-Amady, Loren
Associate

Paasch, Jonathan J.
Associate

Schoder, Melissa L.
Associate

Shkreli, Paul
Associate

Siewert, Nicholas W.
Associate

Sklarski, Jack T.
Associate

Sterrett, Lauren A.
Associate

Waldman, Alexander L.
Associate

Windecker, Brett P.
Associate

Zamborsky, Trevor J.
Associate

Casey, Brian J.
Of Counsel

Recent Publications
November MI PIP Monthly Webinar
Webinar Presented 11/20/2017

Four Secrest Wardle Attorneys Named to dbusiness “2018 Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit
In The News 11/14/2017

Announcing the next episode of Secrest Wardle's "MI PIP Monthly"
In The News 11/13/2017

"Be More Specific:” Supreme Court Requires Claimants Report Symptoms Traceable to a Diagnosed Injury Within One Year
No-Fault Newsline 11/10/2017

Secrest Wardle Welcomes Associate Melissa Schoder to Troy Location
In The News 11/01/2017

Litigation Successes
First Party No-Fault and Uninsured Motorist Benefits

Result Date: 11/16/2017

First-Party (PIP)
Ronda Peete v. Home Owners Insurance Company
Result Date: 10/25/2017

Third-Party Auto Negligence
Westerman et al. v. Shibley et al.
Result Date: 10/11/2017

First-Party (PIP)
Beauchamp v. Progressive Marathon Insurance Company
Result Date: 10/05/2017

First-Party, No-Fault
Jackson (as Next Friend) for Princess Zoie Willis v. Progressive et al.
Result Date: 09/29/2017



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