WHY JULIE FERSHTMAN IS A NATIONAL LEADER IN EQUINE LAW:
Author of Books
Equine Law & Horse Sense
MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense
Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers (co-author and co-editor).
No other lawyer anywhere has written more educational material for the benefit of the equine industry.
Fellow and Secretary/Treasurer of the American College of Equine Attorneys. One of less than 20 attorneys nationwide to earn this designation.
Equine Industry Honors
Recipient of these prestigious equine industry awards from respected equine organizations:
“Catalyst Award” - Michigan Horse Council
“Outstanding Achievement” Award - American Riding Instructors Association
"Partner in Safety" Award - American Riding Instructors Association
"Associate Service Award" - United Professional Horsemen's Association
National "Partnership in Safety" Award - CHA - Certified Horsemanship Association
Boards and Organizations (Partial List)
Years of service on these and other national boards and committees that serve the equine industry:
National Article Publications (Partial List)
Author of monthly Equine Law column that was published throughout the country from 1993-2011. Still contributing numerous articles to magazines and websites every year.
Author of articles in 400 publications & websites
Co-Author, "Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law," ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Law Journal, sections on Equine Liability and Animal Insurance (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009)
Examples of Past Speaking Engagements (Partial List)
Julie's speaking engagements span a wide variety of breeds and disciplines and include:
National Conference on Equine Law - speaker nearly every single year since 1994
Equine Affaire Conventions (California, Massachusetts, and Ohio locations)
American Horse Council Annual Conventions
American Youth Horse Council Annual Conventions
U.S. Dressage Federation Annual Meeting
Virginia Intermont College Two-Day Intensive Risk Management Seminar (2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013)
Savannah College of Art & Design Two-Day Intensive Risk Management Seminar
American Morgan Horse Association Annual Convention
Hoosier Horse Fair
National Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration
All-American Quarter Horse Congress
American Riding Instructors Assoc. Annual Convention
Equine Nutrition & Physiology National Symposium
Midwest Horse Fair
Michigan Hunter/Jumper Association
Cornell University Horse Conference
U.S. Pony Clubs Annual Convention
Carriage Association of America
Midwest Dressage Association
Equestrian Professional National Teleconferences
Equine Land Conservation Resource Teleconference
International Paso Fino Horse Association Convention
United Professional Horsemen's Association Convention
North American Riding for the Handicapped (now PATH International) Association Annual Convention
American Paint Horse Association Annual Convention
Carriage Operators of North America Convention
Michigan Horse Council International Stallion Expo
North American Horse Spectacular
North American Horsemen's Association Conference
Northern Illinois Horse Fest
Schoolcraft College Equine Educational Series
Michigan Quarter Horse Association
Michigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association
Highland Equestrian Conservancy
Equine Spectacular Convention in Phoenix, Arizona
Michigan 4-H Leaders Conference
National Dude Ranchers Association Annual Convention
California Dressage Association Convention
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AVAILABLE
No other lawyer anywhere has had more speaking engagements on Equine Law. Need a knowledgeable, experienced keynote speaker for your conference? Contact Julie to inquire about her availability, rates, and requirements.
Examples of More Recent Speaking Engagements
2011 National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, Kentucky) American Youth Horse Council National Youth Horse Leaders Symposium (Michigan), and Agribusiness Conferences (California, Ohio, and Colorado).
2012 Insurance Skills Center Agribusiness Conferences(Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Des Moines, IA; Raleigh/Durham, NC; Columbus, OH); American Bar Association Webinar (Livestock Insurance), North Central Regional Development Multi-state Equine Business Conference.
2013 Emmett C. Vaughn Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, CA, and Des Moines, IA); Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, WA); Wayne State Law School (Detroit, MI); Michigan State University College of Law (East Lansing, MI); National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, KY); NBI Continuing Legal Education Webinar; New York State Bar Association (New York, NY); Virginia Intermont College; Savannah College of Art and Design.
ABOUT JULIE I. FERSHTMAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW
Julie I. Fershtman, a Shareholder with the full-service law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, is one of the nation's best known and most experienced Equine Law practitioners.
Crossing all horse breeds and disciplines, she serves a national clientele of stables, professionals, associations, businesses, show management, insurers, trainers, international clinicians, exhibitors, and individual horse owners.
Lawyer. She offers unmatched national trial, appellate, and arbitration experience on equine matters and has achieved numerous courtroom victories. In one year, she won jury trials in 3 states, 2 appeals, and a major Federal insurance case — all on equine matters.
Legal consultant. On certain legal matters, she can be hired at an hourly rate as legal consultant to assist out-of-state lawyers in handling their matters.
Websites, Equine Law Blog, and Facebook Page
Personal website www.fershtmanlaw.com
Firm website www.fosterswift.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FSEquineLaw
Our blog: www.equinelawblog.com
A 27-year practitioner, Julie Fershtman graduated from Emory College and Emory Law School and has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1986. She has been admitted to practice in 12 jurisdictions as special (pro hac vice) counsel on equine cases. She has drafted hundreds of equine contracts.
Honors & Awards
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 and 2014.®
Honored as a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010.
Named a "Michigan Super Lawyer® 2008-2013.
Honored as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan and one of the Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers, 2013.
Crain's Detroit Business selected her as one of 15 "Women to Watch."
Rated “AV” (highest possible rating for abilities and ethics) by Martindale, www.martindale.com.
Listed in Who's Who in American Law
Equine Law Peer Recognition
Secretary/Treasurer of the American College of Equine Attorneys, and one of less than 20 lawyers in the United States to be selected as a Fellow of the organization.
Equine Industry Recognition
Recipient of numerous awards from prominent equine organizations across the country.
ANNOUNCEMENT: We are pleased to share that Julie was the recipient of several prestigious peer review designations this year such as "The Best Lawyers in America, 2014," "Michigan Super Lawyer 2013" and one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan" as well as one of the "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan."
No other lawyer anywhere has written or spoken more on Equine Law.
Author or co-author of the popular two-book Equine Law & Horse Sense book series. For more information, visit www.equinelaw.info.
Co-author of the ABA Book Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers.
Hundreds of Articles
Author of more than 250 articles on Equine Law appearing in over 400 publications and websites nationwide.
Blog - www.equinelawblog.com - updated frequently.
Speaking engagements in 28 states, including the industry's largest conventions, usually with repeat engagements.
Bar Association Leadership
President (2011-12) of the 42,500-member State Bar of Michigan.
Vice-Chair of the ABA Animal Law Committee, part of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Law Practice Section.
EQUINE LAW TRIAL EXPERIENCE: Litigation experience in 12 other jurisdictions nationwide as co-counsel including Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Trial counsel before juries in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Connecticut. [IMPORTANT: Ethical restrictions and require that our clients retain local counsel in states other than Michigan.]
Why Should You Hire Julie Fershtman?
Sometimes equine-related legal matters and disputes call for experienced lawyers who combine knowledge of the horse industry with expertise in handling business law, insurance law, contract, and complex commercial matters. Julie Fershtman has that unique expertise and has the results to prove it. She deeply understands the industry, serves it honorably, amd has strong connections within it. Although no lawyer can guarantee results, she works tirelessly and aggressively on her clients' behalf. Also, where matters call for other expertise, the attorneys at Foster Swift can help.
Visit the Firm Web Site
Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
32300 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 230
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Direct Phone Line: (248) 785-4731
The choice of a lawyer for your legal matter is one that should always be taken seriously and with great care. We're busy, but we always consider new clients. If you have a serious legal matter and want to hire Ms. Fershtman, remember that we must avoid conflicts so please do not e-mail, fax, or send us details of your potential legal matter. (We might already represent the other side.) Instead, please call Ms. Fershtman's office so that we can evaluate potential conflicts. If we cannot help you, we might be able to refer you to another lawyer. Also, ethical restrictions make it impossible for Ms. Fershtman to handle a case alone in another state; hiring her usually requires that you hire a local lawyer, as well.
EQUINE LAW BOOKS AVAILABLE
Learn more about Equine Law! Julie Fershtman's books are easy to understand and were written to help you AVOID legal disputes. MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense sells for $22.95 + $5 shipping and handling, and Equine Law & Horse Sense sells for $17.95 + $5 shipping and handling. Order both books together for the discounted price of $42.90, which includes first-class shipping. Send check to Horses & The Law Publishing, P.O. Box 250696, Franklin, MI 48025-0696.
The Equine Law & Horse Sense books are written in a down-to-earth style that you can understand. Sorry, but the books do not include form contracts, as we never suggest the use of one-size-fits-all form contracts. Numerous equine studies programs require these books in their curriculum. (Sorry, we no longer ship in Michigan and we no longer accept credit cards for book sales.)
Attention Lawyers and Paralegals: Julie's co-authored book entitled Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers is available. Published in 2009 by the American Bar Association, it includes sample court filings, letters, and agreements as well as detailed explanations of the law, with numerous statutory and case citations. We sell it direct for $100, plus $5 shipping. To order, contact Ms. Fershtman diirectly.