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A member of the State Bar of Michigan for 37 years, I am currently 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 20 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.


I'm a member of the ABA House of Delegates representing Michigan in its delegation.  Previously, I was a Vice-Chair of the ABA-TIPS Animal Law Committee. 


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 am the author of 4 books. I've also contributed to or co-authored 6 ABA books, most recently in 2019.  My writings include over 400 published articles on legal subjects. 


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.  My personal interests include all things horses. 


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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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