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Steven Gursten

Michigan Auto Law - Farmington Hills
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Steven Gursten
Michigan Auto Law - Farmington Hills
Farmington Hills,
 MI

Honors and Awards

Lawyer of the Year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers listing
Best Lawyers in America for 10 years, Best Lawyers listing
Top 10 Attorney Award for the state of Michigan, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
Top 100 Trial Lawyer, American Trial Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rating, highest rating for legal ability and ethics
Michigan Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers listing
Top 50 Lawyers in the State of Michigan, Super Lawyers
Readers' Choice Award winner - Top Author, JD Supra
Best Lawyers, Crain's Detroit Business
Best Lawyer/Best Law Firm, U.S. News & World Report
Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, DBusiness Magazine
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, member
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Best Lawyer-Best Law Firm, U.S. News & World Report
Top 100 Litigation Lawyer, American Society of Legal Advocates
Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury, Corporate LiveWire
American Board of Trial Advocates - "Who's who of trial lawyers nationwide"
The Trucking Trial Lawyers Association - Top 10
2017 Melvin M. Belli Society Mel Award

Memberships and Affiliations

Steven is an active leader in many legal organizations, including:

Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
Past President
The MVTLA is a professional and trade association of trial attorneys throughout the country who represent injury victims and consumer plaintiffs in claims involving motor vehicle injuries
Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable visit website
Founding member
TAAR is an association of expert truck accident attorneys dedicated to making our roads safer and protecting truck accident victims.
Traumatic Brain Injury Group, American Association for Justice
President
Trucking Litigation Group, American Association for Justice
Past President
The American Association for Justice is the nation's largest association of advocates serving the needs of personal injury victims, with more than 50,000 lawyer members.
State of Michigan Model Civil Jury Instructions
Subcommittee Member
Steven advises on the most effective jury instructions regarding Michigan No-Fault and the auto accident law for the State of Michigan.
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
Board of Governors, Representing State of Michigan
The APITLA is a national association of committed truck accident lawyers who have joined to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices.
Michigan Association for Justice
Automobile Accident No_Fault Committee, Past Co_Chair
The Michigan Association for Justice is the state's largest organization of trial lawyers and consumer advocates representing the needs of injured accident victims.
Sarah Jane Brain Project
Traumatic Brain Injury Legal Committee, Advisor
The Sarah Jane Brain Project is a group of brain injury lawyers, doctors, professors and lawmakers dedicated to preventing and treating pediatric traumatic brain injury.
TAOS Injury Lawyers visit website
Member
The TAOS Injury Lawyers is an invite only group of preeminent trial attorneys from around the nation.
Melvin M. Belli Society
Parliamentarian
The Melvin M. Belli Society is a legal group of the best injury lawyers in the country that presents hard-hitting, practical seminars featuring lawyers who are experts in the courtroom and discussing innovative trial skills.
Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
Board of Regents
The Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys is a national group of renowned plaintiff's lawyers who are dedicated to helping families affected by serious truck and bus accidents throughout the U.S.

Notable Michigan Personal Injury Cases

Steven Gursten recovers some of the highest reported settlements and jury verdicts every year, including the top-reported auto accident or truck accident jury verdict and the highest auto accident and truck accident settlement in Michigan over multiple years, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Below are some of his notable verdicts and settlements:

John Doe v. A trucking company
Confidential as to parties injuries and insurers
$34 million settlement, truck accident
Norris v. Atsalis Brothers Painting
Macomb County, Michigan
$9 million settlement, car accident/truck accident
John Doe v. Confidential
Oakland County, Michigan
$7 million settlement including $3 million in contribution over insurance policy limits, auto accident
Estate of John Doe v. Confidential, Out of State Trucking Death Case
Confidential as to parties injuries and insurers
$6.2 million settlement, truck accident
Broeren v. Bates
Macomb County, Michigan
$5.65 million jury verdict on $600,000 offer, auto accident
Fini-Ross v. General Motors Corporation
Oakland County, Michigan
$4.2 million jury verdict on $100,000 defense offer, auto accident
Nunez v. Utica Transit Mix and Supply
Macomb County, Michigan
$3.9 million settlement, truck accident
Barnes v. Cassens Transport Company
Wayne County, Michigan
$3.6 million award on $300,000 defense offer, truck accident
John Doe v. Confidential
Confidential as to parties and insurers
$3.5 million tire off case causing significant TBI
John Doe v. Confidential, Out of State Truck Accident Case
Confidential as to parties, injuries and insurers
$3.5 million settlement, truck accident
Fairley v. Schiber Truck
Jackson County, Michigan
$3.5 million verdict on $1 million defense offer, truck accident
Estate of Michael Shekoski v. Allied Excavation
Macomb County, Michigan
$2.5 million verdict on $250,000 defense offer, wrongful death truck accident
Lloyd v. First Choice Trucking
U.S. District Court, Michigan
$2.5 million jury verdict on $250,000 defense offer, truck accident
Clouse v. Hughes
Oakland County, Michigan
$1.1 million jury verdict on $10,000 defense offer, auto accident

Publications

Handling Automobile Accident Cases, West Publications
State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section Quarterly
Books on MichiganAutoLaw.com view books
How To Repair Your Car Damage
Protecting Your Legal Rights After a Car Accident
The Attorneys' Guide to the Best Auto Insurance Companies
Guide to Michigan No-Fault Law
What Auto Insurance is Right for Me?
How to Choose the Right Lawyer

Education

Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Phi Beta Kappa, highest academic distinction

What the Newspapers Say

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has written several articles about Steven Gursten. Here are some highlights:

"Gursten is clearly doing something right. Perhaps it's that his firm is the largest in the state specializing in serious car and truck accident cases. Perhaps it's the fact that he's willing to take difficult cases to trial and continues to receive spectacular results. Perhaps it's the fact that he practices law with honesty and integrity. More likely, it's all of these things."

"Outstanding in his field. One of Michigan's foremost experts on No_Fault litigation."

In addition, Steve has recently been quoted as an attorney expert in several national publications. Here's what they had to say about Steve:

"For 20 years, taking on truck companies" ? CBS News, April 2016

"? Michigan attorney specializing in severe trucking accident cases" ? The Wall Street Journal, October 2016

Visit our blog for more articles featuring Steven and Michigan Auto Law.

Legal Seminars and Presentations
Steven Gursten frequently lectures at legal seminars locally and throughout the country on topics such as trial advocacy, Michigan No-Fault law, traumatic brain injury cases and maximizing settlements for those injured in car and truck accidents.

Previous Events

To date, he has more than 200 professional speaking engagements, including:
Moderator, "President - Welcome, Introductions & Announcements"; American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Members Only Seminar 2018; Washington, D.C.; December 2018
Speaker, "Cross-Examining the Uncooperative Defense Expert"; Ohio Association for Justice's 2018 Winter Convention; Cleveland, OH; October 2018
Speaker, "Winning Brain Injury Cases"; Nevada Justice Association's 42nd Annual Convention Seminar 2018; San Diego, CA; October 2018
Speaker , "Negotiating Claims and Settlements"; Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys - 2018 Annual Symposium; Nashville, Tennessee; September 2018
Speaker, "Cross-Examination of Medical and Psychological Experts"; 2018 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice; Denver, CO; July 2018
Speaker, "The Future of Motor Vehicle Litigation"; 2018 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice; Denver, CO; July 2018
Speaker, "Deposing Truck Drivers and Trucking Company Representatives"; Strafford nationwide legal CLE webinar; Online; June 2018
Speaker, "Zichichi v. Mull: Strategies to Save Cases if the Auto Threshold Law Changes Again"; Michigan Association for Justice's 73rd Annual Convention; Detroit, MI; May 2018
Speaker, "How to Grow Your Practice"; "Growing Your Firm Using Technology & Old School Methods"; Chicago Bar Association; Chicago, IL; May 2018
Speaker, "How to conduct an effective cross examination of an expert witness in an auto TBI case"; "Frontiers in Advocacy: Traumatic Brain Injury"; Legal Latitudes; Nashville, TN; May 2018
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Interesting Fact

When he was 28, Steven became the youngest attorney in Michigan history to receive a million-dollar jury verdict. The case was in Oakland County, and the insurance company, Allstate, was only offering $10,000 to settle.


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