Nine Accident Attorneys from Michigan Auto Law Are Named Michigan Super Lawyers For 2011

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These lawyers are honored for excellence in personal injury law — on behalf of car accident victims.

The accident attorneys of Michigan Auto Law

This is a great honor for our auto accident attorneys. I'm not aware of a single firm in Michigan where every partner is a Super Lawyer and where 9 lawyers - half of the entire firm - are Super Lawyers.

Nine car accident lawyers from Michigan Auto Law have been named Michigan Super Lawyers for 2011.

They include all five partners: Lawrence E. Gursten, Leonard M. Koltonow, Steven M. Gursten, David E. Christensen and Robert M. Raitt. In addition to the partners, trial lawyers Kevin H. Seiferheld, Ian M. Freed, Thomas W. James and Joshua R. Terebelo have been added to the list.

Super Lawyers is a publication by Thomson Reuters, which lists outstanding lawyers in Michigan. The organization employs a tough selection process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party research. Michigan Super Lawyers is limited to the top 5 percent of attorneys throughout the state, according to Thomson Reuters.

"This is a great honor for our auto accident lawyers. I'm not aware of a single firm in Michigan where every partner is a Super Lawyer and where nine lawyers - half of the entire firm - are Super Lawyers," said Steven M. Gursten.

Below is more information about each of the Michigan Super Lawyers from Michigan Auto Law:

Lawrence Gursten – Lawrence is founding partner of Michigan Auto Law. His legal career as one of the top car accident lawyers in the country spans more than 40 years. He started his career with the highest score on the Michigan Bar Exam, and continues to passionately advocate for auto accident victims throughout the state. Lawrence was called the "auto law guru blazing the trail for Michigan lawyers" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Leonard Koltonow – Leonard has been a trial lawyer with the law firm for more than 35 years. He was named one of the top trial attorneys in the state by the Michigan Association for Justice, an organization of more than 2,000 plaintiff personal injury lawyers. Leonard achieves excellent results for his clients, not only through trial, but through other alternative dispute resolutions. He is also a respected court‐appointed special case evaluator and arbitrator.

Steven Gursten – Steven handles car and truck accident injury cases and No‐Fault insurance litigation. He is a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year for his record-breaking verdicts and settlements (according to the publication), and was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law for his efforts in promoting national truck safety. Steven is also a leader in several legal organizations across the country, such as the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. He frequently lectures on auto accident law.

David Christensen – David is chairman of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section, the organization of all injury lawyers across Michigan. He is widely recognized for his expertise in traumatic brain injury cases, and has achieved some of the largest jury verdicts for accident victims with brain injury, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly. David has obtained a large number of seven‐figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, according to published reports.

Robert Raitt – Robert has been a trial lawyer with Michigan Auto Law for 18 years. As past president of the Michigan Association for Justice, he fights against the insurance industry to help make Michigan's auto accident laws more fair and just. Robert has also obtained a large number of seven‐figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, according to published reports.

Kevin Seiferheld – Kevin has been a trial lawyer with Michigan Auto Law for more than 13 years. He focuses his practice on litigation involving auto negligence, No‐Fault matters, and bus and municipal vehicle cases. Kevin has argued complex legal issues before the Michigan Court of Appeals and achieved victories for his clients each and every time.

Ian Freed – Ian has been a trial attorney with Michigan Auto Law since 2003. He handles truck accident cases and commercial accidents, and has extensive experience in the areas of auto accident negligence, No‐Fault and insurance coverage disputes. Ian is also licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Thomas James – Thomas has been a trial attorney at Michigan Auto Law since 2004, and has more than 25 trials under his belt. He is passionate about holding insurance companies accountable for refusing to honor their legal obligations and their promises to customers. Tom focuses his practice in auto negligence, first-party lawsuits, attendant care claims and insurance coverage disputes.

Joshua Terebelo – Joshua works in Michigan Auto Law’s litigation division, where he focuses on No-Fault insurance lawsuits. He graduated from Wayne State University Law School with Cum Laude honors, and is licensed to practice in Eastern and Western District Federal Court. Joshua is also active in the Oakland County Bar Association and the Michigan Association for Justice.

"Our attorneys have been on this elite list under the personal injury litigation section, since 2006," Gursten said, noting that Freed, James and Terebelo are recent Michigan Super Lawyers – Rising Stars.

About Michigan Auto Law: Michigan Auto Law is the largest auto law firm in Michigan, with 18 lawyers exclusively handling car accident lawsuits and No-Fault insurance litigation. The firm has offices in Farmington Hills, Sterling Heights, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. The accident attorneys at Michigan Auto Law have received the top-reported verdict for a car accident or truck accident in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly. For more information, call (800) 777-0028.

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