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

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

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

Jugan, Zachary S.
Associate

Koss, Ryan J.
Associate

McLaughlin, Rebecca M.
Associate

Nikolovski-Amady, Loren
Associate

Paasch, Jonathan J.
Associate

Rouse, Amber C.
Associate

Shkreli, Paul
Associate

Siewert, Nicholas W.
Associate

Sklarski, Jack T.
Associate

Sterrett, Lauren A.
Associate

Waldman, Alexander L.
Associate

Zamborsky, Trevor J.
Associate

Casey, Brian J.
Of Counsel

Recent Publications
Michigan Supreme Court Sheds Light on Definition of “Generally Accessible” in the Operating While Intoxicated Statute of the Michigan Vehicle Code
Community Watch 08/16/2017

Secrest Wardle Attorney to Serve as Panelist for A.M. Best Webinar, "Reptile Hunters: Insurers’ Defense Counsel Responds to Next Wave Plaintiff Strategies"
In The News 08/07/2017

The Post-Covenant Era: Michigan Court of Appeals Favors Dismissal of Provider Claims
No-Fault Newsline 07/24/2017

Supreme Court: Claimant Injured While Removing Personal Effects from Back Seat Eligible for No-Fault Benefits
No-Fault Newsline 06/16/2017

Covenant Med Ctr, Inc. v State Farm Mut Auto Ins Co: How the Michigan Supreme Court's decision in Covenant impacts your claims
Webinar Presented 05/31/2017

Litigation Successes
First party no-fault case, issue as to fraud in procurement of policy
Citizens Ins. Co. of America v. Progressive Michigan Ins. Co.
Result Date: 06/22/2017

First Party No-Fault
Michigan Spine and Pain (Tya Wims) v. Progressive
Result Date: 05/15/2017

First Party (PIP)
Colvin v. Trumbull Insurance Company
Result Date: 05/12/2017

Third Party Auto
Corso v. Wardrop
Result Date: 04/19/2017

First Party (PIP)
Pollard & Herndon Home Health Services, L.L.C, and Angels with Wings, L.L.C v. Allstate Insurance Company
Result Date: 04/06/2017



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