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A member of the State Bar of Michigan for nearly 32 years, I am a Shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, in its Southfield office where my areas of practice include commercial litigation, insurance defense and coverage, sporting and recreational liability, agribusiness law and liability, and equine law.  I have tried cases before juries in 4 states and have been admitted as pro hac vice counsel in 18 jurisdictions across the country.  During my State Bar presidency, business continued with the assistance of lawyers in my firm and with the cooperation of fellow counsel and judges.


Aside from my law practice, I enjoy speaking and lecturing on liability, insurance, and risk management at seminars, conventions, CLE programs, and conferences across the country.  I also enjoy writing and wrote 2 books and contributed to or co-authored 4 ABA books, most recently in 2009 and 2011.  My writings include about 400 articles on legal subjects.  Right now, I'm writing a book for the American Bar Association.


I graduated from Emory College in 1983 and Emory Law School in 1986.  On a personal level, my father was a lawyer, and my husband is a lawyer.  As for hobbies, I have a strong interest in horses and horseback riding. 


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Photo Courtesy of Sharon Greene - The Oakland Press

My Presidential Year Goals
  • To help the State Bar of Michigan fulfill its Strategic Plan.
  • To serve as a positive spokesperson to the public regarding our profession.
  • To help promote the interests of the profession in this state.
  • To work collaboratively with State Bar leadership, staff, sections, committees, local and special purpose bar associations.
  • To help educate the profession about the many services and benefits the State Bar provides and to help improve the quality to the programs and services that the State Bar provides.
  • To increase the public’s trust and confidence in the justice system, the value of the legal profession, and the practicing lawyer.

Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.• Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC • 28411 Northwestern Hwy. • Ste. 500 • Southfield, MI 48034
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