Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
A National Leader in Equine Law
 
 
 
 

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. 

Peer Recognition

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:

Boards and Organizations (Partial List)

Years of service on these and other national boards and committees that serve the equine industry:

  • Founder of “Equitana U” one of the Equine Industry's first ever Business & Professional Development Workshops for equine industry professionals
  • Planning Committee, Annual National Conference on Equine Law
  • Past Honorary Director, Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (“CANTER”)
  • Vice Chair, American Bar Association Tort, Trial & Insurance Law Section's Animal Law Committee
  • Chair, ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Law Section Animal Law Committee's Animal Insurance Law Sub-Committee

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 in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2014 (publication pending)

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 almost every 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 Seminars and Equien Contract Workshops (2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013)
  • Savannah College of Art & Design Two-Day Intensive Risk Management Seminar (2013)
  • American Morgan Horse Association Annual Convention 
  • Hoosier Horse Fair 
  • National Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration
  • All-American Quarter Horse Congress
  • American Riding Instructors Association 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 National 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 Society Convention

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AVAILABLE

No other lawyer anywhere has had more speaking engagements on Equine Law. If your organization or event needs a knowledgeable, experienced keynote speaker, contact Julie directly to inquire about her availability, rates, and requirements. 

Recent Speaking Engagements

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 Multi-state Equine Business Conference.

2013   Emmett J. Vaughn Agribusiness Conferences (CA and IA); Washington State Bar Association (WA); Wayne State Law School (MI); Michigan State University College of Law (MI); National Conference on Equine Law (KY); National Business Institute (NBI) Continuing Legal Education Webinar; New York State Bar Association (NY); Virginia Intermont College (VA); Savannah College of Art and Design (GA).

2014  Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference (Sacramento, CA); National Conference on Equine Law (Lexington, KY); Midwest Dressage Association (Brighton, MI).

 

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 with decades of experience. 

The Practice

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, for example, 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 as a legal consultant to assist lawyers nationwide. 

Websites, Blog, and Facebook Page

Personal website www.fershtmanlaw.com

Firm website www.fosterswift.com  

Please visit and like our Facebook Page

Equine Law Blog: www.equinelawblog.com

Background

A practitioner for more than 27 years, Julie Fershtman graduated from Emory College and Emory Law School is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. She has been admitted to practice in 13 jurisdictions as special (pro hac vice) counsel on equine cases. She has drafted several hundred equine industry contracts. For more information on her experience, we encourage you to visit any of the websites listed above.

Honors & Awards

Legal Profession

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 and 2014.® (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law)
  • Honored as a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010.
  • Named a 2008-2013 "Michigan Super Lawyer®
  • Honored as a 2013 "Top 50 Women Lawyer in Michigan" and one of the "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan" by Super Lawyers.
  • Crain's Detroit Business selected her as one of 15 "Women to Watch."
  • Named a "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness Magazine in 2010, 2011.
  • Rated “AV” (highest possible rating for abilities and ethics) by Martindale, www.martindale.com
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Rated 10.0/10 "Superb" (highest rating) by www.avvo.com.

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 for her service to the equine industry.

GOOD NEWS:  In April 2014, Julie successfully defended a Michigan stable against a personal injury lawsuit that was brought by a visitor who sustained injuries in the barn aisle.  The court dismissed all claims against her client, a boarding and riding instruction facility.

Writings

No other lawyer anywhere has written or spoken more on Equine Law.

Three Books

Author of the popular Equine Law & Horse Sense book series that has become required reading at equine studies programs around the country. For more information on these books, please visit www.equinelaw.info

Co-author of the ABA Book Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers.  Sections she authored include contracts, insurance law, tort law, and practicing animal-related law.

Hundreds of Articles

Author of more than 250 articles on Equine Law covering a broad spectrum of legal issues affecting the equine industry and appearing in over 400 publications and websites nationwide.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking engagements in 28 states, including the industry's largest conventions, usually with repeat engagements.

Bar Association Leadership

State

Past President (2011-2012) of the 43,100-member State Bar of Michigan.

Nationally

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. 

 Should You Hire Julie Fershtman?

Sometimes equine-related legal matters call for experienced lawyers who combine knowledge of the horse industry with significant experience in handling business disputes, insurance law, contracts, and complex commercial matters. Julie Fershtman has that unique background and has results to prove it. She deeply understands the equine industry and serves it honorably. Although no lawyer can guarantee results, she works tirelessly and aggressively on her clients' behalf.  Also, where matters call for other areas of practice, she can direct people to qualified partners and associates at Foster Swift or at other firms, whenever possible.

 Visit the Firm Web Site

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.
Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
32300 Northwestern Highway,
Suite 230
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

Direct Phone Line: (248) 785-4731

Main Office Line: (248) 539-9900


 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

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, please remember that we must avoid ethical conflicts of interest.  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 [Direct line: (248) 785-4731 - Main law firm Office line: (248) 539-9900] so that we can evaluate potential conflicts. If we cannot help you, we might be able to refer you to another lawyer.

What state(s) will your legal matter involve?  Ethical restrictions prevent Ms. Fershtman from handling cases in other states alone.  Hiring her on your out-of-state matter will usually require you to hire a local lawyer to work in some capacity along with her.

 


 

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.