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
  Townsend, Renee T.
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

Baluha, Lisa C.
Partner

Cole, Justin L.
Partner

Consolo, Matthew J.
Partner

David, Javon R.
Partner

Fitzgerald, Lori B.
Partner

Fopma, Amanda B.
Partner

Glass, Devon R.
Partner

Grimske, Justin A.
Partner

Hermiz, Krystal D.
Partner

Joyce, Kellie C.
Partner

Khessina, Olga
Partner

Molloy, James P.
Partner

Rizzo, Daniel T.
Partner

Rojas, Diego J.
Partner

Schlinker, John C
Partner

Shkreli, Paul
Partner

Vander Veer, C. Grant
Partner

Weston, John L.
Partner

Williams, Javon L.
Partner

Ferguson, Erin A. Moss
Associate

Hester, Aleasha L.
Associate

Holloway, Amber Rouse
Associate

Knurek, Tyler M.
Associate

McLaughlin, Rebecca M.
Associate

Nikolovski-Amady, Loren
Associate

Paasch, Jonathan J.
Associate

Schmidt, Lindsay D.
Associate

Siewert, Nicholas W.
Associate

Simmons, Cleveland B.
Associate

Sklarski, Jack T.
Associate

Sterrett, Lauren A.
Associate

Sulla, Melissa L.
Associate

Waldman, Alexander L.
Associate

Windecker, Brett P.
Associate

Zamborsky, Trevor J.
Associate

Brainer, Julie A.
Of Counsel

Casey, Brian J.
Of Counsel

Recent Publications
Plaintiff attempts to transform no-fault claim following case evaluation hearing; Court of Appeals holds: not so fast, there’s more than meets the eye
No-Fault Newsline 06/01/2018

MI PIP Monthly May 2018
Webinars Presented 05/31/2018

One year after the Michigan Supreme Court issues decision in Covenant Medical v State Farm, the retroactive application of Covenant may again be in controversy
No-Fault Newsline 05/30/2018

I Saw The (As)Sign(ment): Michigan Court of Appeals Rules Anti-Assignment Provision in No Fault Policy is Unenforceable
No-Fault Newsline 05/08/2018

Secrest Wardle Executive Partner, Sarah L. Walburn, Authors Chapter in ICLE Damages Handbook
In The News 05/02/2018

Litigation Successes
First Party (PIP)

Result Date: 05/18/2018

First Party (PIP)

Result Date: 04/26/2018

No-Fault Provider

Result Date: 04/23/2018

First Party (PIP)

Result Date: 04/05/2018

First Party (PIP) and Uninsured Motorist Benefits (UM)

Result Date: 03/20/2018



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