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

No other lawyer anywhere has produced more educational material to benefit the equine industry.  Few lawyers anywhere have more experience.

Equine Law & Horse Sense

MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense.  These books have   become required reading at equine studies programs around the country.

Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers  (co-author and co-editor).  Sections she wrote include contracts, insurance, tort law, and practicing animal-related law.

Approved to write an Equine Law book for the ABA. (Watch for details.) 

For more information on her books, including how to order, please visit www.equinelaw.info. 

Peer Recognition

Fellow and Secretary/Treasurer of the American College of Equine Attorneys.  One of less than 20 attorneys nationwide to earn the Fellow 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:

Articles

Author of articles on Equine Law covering a broad spectrum of issues affecting the industry.  Articles have appeared in more than 400 publications nationwide, including EQUUS Magazine, as well as 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.


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 Convention (California, Massachusetts, and Ohio locations) 
  • American Horse Council Annual Convention
  • American Youth Horse Council Annual Convention
  • U.S. Dressage Federation Annual Meeting
  • Virginia Intermont College Two-Day Intensive Risk Management Seminars and Equine Contract Workshops (2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013)
  • Savannah College of Art & Design Two-Day Intensive Risk Management Seminar (2013)
  • American Morgan Horse Assoc. Annual Conv. 
  • Hoosier Horse Fair 
  • National Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration
  • All-American Quarter Horse Congress
  • American Riding Instructors Assoc. Ann. Conv.
  • Equine Nutrition & Physiology Nat'l. Symposium
  • Midwest Horse Fair
  • Michigan Hunter/Jumper Association
  • Cornell University "Horses 2001" 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 Assoc. Conv.
  • United Professional Horsemen's Assoc. Nat'l. Conv.
  • North American Riding for the Handicapped (now PATH International) Association Annual Conv.
  • American Paint Horse Association Annual Conv.
  • Carriage Operators of North America Convention
  • Michigan Horse Council Int'l. Stallion Expo
  • North American Horse Spectacular
  • North American Horsemen's Association Conf.
  • Northern Illinois Horse Fest
  • Schoolcraft College Equine Educational Series
  • Michigan Quarter Horse Association
  • Michigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association
  • Highland Equestrian Conservancy
  • Equine Spectacular Convention (Arizona)
  • Michigan 4-H Leaders Conference
  • National Dude Ranchers Association Annual Conv.
  • California Dressage Society Convention

    SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AVAILABLE

No other lawyer anywhere has delivered 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

Here is a sampling of more recent speaking engagements:

2013   Emmett J. Vaughn Agribusiness Conferences (California and Iowa); Washington State Bar Association (Washington); Wayne State Law School (Michigan); Michigan State University College of Law (Michigan); National Conference on Equine Law (Kentucky); National Business Institute (NBI) Continuing Legal Education Webinar; New York State Bar Association (New York); Virginia Intermont College (Virginia); Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia).

2014  MSU/My Horse University Webcast on Sales Fraud, Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference (California); National Conference on Equine Law (Kentucky); Midwest Dressage Association (Michigan); ABA webcast on Equine Law.

2015  National Conference on Equine Law (Kentucky).

Please check back for updates on future speaking engagements around the country.

 

   

 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 best known and most experienced Equine Law practitioners in the country. 

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.

Expertise.  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. 

Background.  A practitioner for 28 years, Julie Fershtman graduated from Emory College and Emory Law School.  She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and has been admitted to practice in several jurisdictions as special (pro hac vice) counsel on equine cases. She has drafted hundreds of equine industry contracts. For more information on her experience, we encourage you to visit any of the websites listed below.

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

Services **

   Wide Variety of Equine Matters Handled

Examples of services provided:

  • Handling breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, commercial code, and other claims involving equine-related transactions such as purchases/sales, leases, and partnerships;
  • Litigating disputes in the courts or through alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation, facilitation);
  • Defending equine/farm/equestrian professionals,  businesses, and associations in personal injury litigation;
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts for boarding, training, sales, waivers/releases, and numerous other equine-related transactions;
  • Representing and advising equine insurance companies on  coverage and policy language as well as defending coverage litrigation;
  • Advising equine industry associations regarding business, management, rules, legal compliance, disputes, and regulations;
  • Representing some of the equine industry's top trainers, competitors, stables, and associations; and
  • Counseling industry professionals, stable managers, and individual horse owners. 

   National Trial Experience

Litigation experience in several jurisdictions nationwide as co-counsel including Florida, Illinois (3 cases), Missouri, Ohio (3 cases), Georgia, Arizona, Kentucky (2 cases), South Carolina, and Tennessee. Trial counsel before juries in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Connecticut.

Legal Profession Honors & Awards

  Partial listing: 

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America,® 2013-2015 (Commercial Litigation, Insurance)
  • Honored as a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2010.
  • Named a 2008-2014 "Michigan Super Lawyer®
  • Honored as a "Top 50 Women Lawyer in Michigan" by Super Lawyers 2013, 2014.
  • Listed as one of "Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan" by Super Lawyers 2013, 2014.
  • Crain's Detroit Business selected her as one of 15 "Women to Watch."
  • Named a "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2015.
  • Rated “AV” (highest possible rating) by Martindale, www.martindale.com
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Rated 10.0/10 "Superb" 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 (see left side of this page for list).

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Results delivered! In 2014, defending equine industry clients against claims of serious personal injuries, Julie secured summary judgment (dismissal) court rulings on two different cases -- just a few months apart. 

Our new domain: www.horse.attorney  

Bar Association Leadership

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

  Nationally - Former Vice-Chair, ABA Animal Law Committee, part of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. 

   ** Should You Hire Ms. 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. Her clients are involved in a broad range of disciplines and breeds. Although no lawyer can guarantee results, she works tirelessly and aggressively on her clients' behalf. Also, when matters occasionally call for other areas of practice, she can direct people to qualified partners and associates at Foster Swift or at other law firms, whenever possible.

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

Direct Phone Line: (248) 785-4731

Main Office Line: (248) 539-9900


IMPORTANT:

The choice of a lawyer for is one that should always be taken 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) does your matter involve? 

Ethical restrictions prevent Ms. Fershtman from handling cases alone in states other than Michigan.  Hiring her on your out-of-state matter will usually require you to hire a local lawyer to work in some capacity with her.

 

 


 

EQUINE LAW BOOKS AVAILABLE

Learn more about Equine Law!  Julie Fershtman's books are easy to understand and were written to help people 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 or Money Order 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 for purchase.  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.