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How Our Lawyers Give Back To The Community

Michigan Auto Law’s charitable donations and public service work: making Michigan better and safer

Our attorneys have been protecting people seriously injured in automobile accidents throughout Michigan for more than 50 years. It’s also our mission to help those in need, to give back to our communities, and to help make Michigan a better and safer place.

Our lawyers take giving back to the community very seriously.

Helping auto accident victims, pro-bono – Each year, our accident lawyers donate their legal services pro bono to many auto accident victims.

Michigan Auto Law Certified car seat inspectors There’s nothing more important than protecting children. Michigan Auto Law has our own car seat safety technician, who is here to inspect your child safety seats and make sure they’re installed properly. Our safety tech is certified by SafeKids Worldwide, and has successfully completed the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. This is a government program and any child safety technician in the U.S. must be certified by SafeKids Worldwide.

Forgotten Harvest – We volunteered at the Oak Park-based food bank, packing 4,182 pounds of food donation packages for hungry families in metro Detroit. Our law firm also made a financial donation to help fight hunger. Forgotten Harvest is a nonprofit organization that rescues surplus, prepared and perishable food and donates it to 250 emergency food providers throughout Michigan.

Gleaners Community Food Bank – Our staff volunteered at the Detroit food bank, by making food donation packages for hungry families. Gleaners distributed 46 million pounds of emergency food to more than 600 soup kitchens, shelters and pantries throughout Michigan.

Helping law school students – Michigan Auto Law gives mentoring and annual scholarships to law school students who show exemplary leadership skills and who are working hard to become our next generation of excellent, ethical personal injury attorneys.

Distracted Driving Awareness – Michigan Auto Law sponsored a Distracted Driving Safety Awareness campaign and insurance giveaway. The safety campaign was designed to make people more aware about of the dangers of distracted driving. The winner received auto insurance for one year.

Attorneys teaching students about distracted driving – Our attorneys are speaking at high schools and colleges throughout Michigan, to teach students and young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, texting while driving and impaired driving.

Auto Insurance Giveaway and Awareness Campaign – Michigan Auto Law gave a financial gift used to buy full coverage auto insurance for one year, to help bring attention to the staggering number of uninsured drivers on our roads today. It is estimated that more than half of the drivers in Detroit and Pontiac drive without auto insurance.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law for promoting truck accident safety – Steven Gursten has been honored as a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law of more than 50,000 Michigan attorneys, for his efforts to force unsafe trucking companies to comply with mandatory state and federal laws. He is past president of the American Association for Justice Truck Lawyer Litigation Group, and serves on the board of governors representing the state of Michigan for the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.

University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital – Every year, our firm has a University of Michigan/Michigan State University rivalry that ends with a charity donation by the lawyers who went to the losing school to the charity of choice of the winning team. We recently made a financial contribution to the leading Ann Arbor children’s hospital.

Toys for Tots – Our attorneys and the entire team at Michigan Auto Law collect Toys for Tots during the holiday season. The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

Brain Injury Association of America – Michigan Auto Law makes an annual donation to the Brain Injury Association of America, a national non-profit organization that provides education, research, prevention information and support to brain injury survivors, their families and the people who serve them.

Brain Injury Association of Michigan – Michigan Auto Law made a very substantial donation to this organization to support Brain Injury Awareness Month in May. The Brain Injury Association of Michigan is a Michigan-based arm of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Michigan Auto Law Adopts a Highway – Our law firm is participating in the Michigan Department of Transportation program, Adopt-A-Highway. Our section of the highway is in metro Detroit, on I-75, between 14 Mile Road and Rochester Road. We are doing several clean ups of this busy stretch of highway several times a year in order to make our roads more safe and our community more beautiful.

Green Technology and interior renovation at Michigan Auto Law main office – Our Farmington Hills office underwent a complete interior renovation in 2010, using principles of sustainable energy and environmental design to increase workplace health, safety, and environmental principles of sustainable energy.

Rock’n Roll Marathon Relay for Henry Ford Hospital – Our Michigan Auto Law team of four runners finished the marathon relay on Belle Isle in 3 hours, 36 minutes, to benefit the Orthopedic Surgery Trauma Division at Henry Ford Hospital. The division treats patients with an array of musculoskeletal injuries. Race proceeds helped uninsured patients receive medical equipment and services necessary to achieve a full recovery.

Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association – Every year, the Michigan State University graduates from Michigan Auto Law participate in the law firm challenge fundraising project to benefit the College of Law.

JARC – Michigan Auto Law is involved with JARC fundraising efforts, and participation in JARC events to help people with developmental disabilities. JARC is a non-profit organization that provides community-based Jewish residential services, serving nearly 150 adults in its group homes and supported independent living arrangements.

Lawyers testifying in Lansing – Our lawyers, including Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) past-president Robert Raitt, as well as Larry and Steve Gursten, have all testified in Lansing before the Michigan Legislature on various proposed laws in order to bring awareness to specific issues to help make our laws stronger, safer and smarter.

Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) Amicus Committee – Robert Raitt serves on the MAJ Amicus Committee, donating hundreds of hours addressing legal issues impacting consumer rights, safety and fairness. The Michigan Association for Justice is the state’s largest organization of trial lawyers and consumer advocates representing the needs of injured accident victims. Michigan Auto Law is a long-standing member, major contributor and strong supporter of the organization.

Donating to the community

Michigan Auto Law makes and has made financial donations to the following charities:

  • Consumer Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) – An international non-profit organization comprised of motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives that promotes commercial motor vehicle safety.
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – A cutting-edge hospital that treats children with cancer and finds cures for pediatric cancer.
  • Wounded Warrior Project – A nonprofit organization that aids wounded service members.
  • American Civil Liberties Union – An organization working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and U.S. laws.
  • Michigan Humane Society – A nonprofit organization that finds homes for animals and cares for animals in need.
  • Ronald McDonald House – Houses families of children who are healing while they seek treatment.
  • Michigan Wheelchair Athletic Association Challengers – A wheelchair basketball team for children throughout the tri-county area with disabilities.
  • Downtown Detroit Partnership – An organization that advocates and develops programs and initiatives to create a clean, safe and economically viable downtown Detroit community.
  • Boy Scouts of America – A program for young people that teaches them character, responsibility, community involvement and fitness.
  • Southfield Senior Center – Helping the city of Southfield meet the needs of its growing population of active senior citizens.
  • Do Foundation – A nonprofit organization that provides homes for people who are homeless and helps them become self-sufficient.
  • Washtenaw Alano Club – A nonprofit organization that helps recovering alcoholics and people with substance abuse issues.
  • FACETS – A nonprofit organization helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty.
  • Angel Charity for Children: A nonprofit organization helping to improve the quality of life for children.
  • Orphanage in the Philippines – Helping care for orphaned children in Zamboanga City, Philippines.

Our legal speaking engagements

Our attorneys are leaders in many legal organizations that help injury lawyers to better protect victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. We have spoken at hundreds of legal seminars in Michigan and across the nation.

Here’s a list of some of our recent legal speaking engagements:

  • Speaker, “Demo: Closing Argument – Asking for the Money,” Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Annual Symposium; Nashville, TN; September 2016
  • Speaker, “Protecting your TBI Client from Defense Tactics,” Tennessee Association for Justice Music City Symposium; Nashville, TN; September 2016
  • Speaker, “Better Settlements for Truck Accident Cases,” American Association for Justice 2016 Annual Convention; Los Angeles, CA; July 2016
  • Speaker, “Truck accident litigation for the car crash lawyer,” American Association for Justice 2016 Annual Convention; Los Angeles, CA; July 2016
  • Speaker, “Legal Blogging for Business: Ethical and Compassionate Blogging by Real Lawyers,” Injury Board; Clearwater, FL; June 2016
  • Speaker, “How to Protect an Auto Accident Victim from an IME,” Brain Injury Association of Michigan Annual Legal Conference; Plymouth, MI; June 2016
  • Speaker, “Bulletproofing the TBI Plaintiff from Defense Attacks,” 13th Annual Conference, North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS); Tampa Bay, FL; April 2016
  • Moderator, Speaker, “Settlement and Negotiation Strategies in Auto Accident Cases,” Auto Crash Litigation 3.1 Conference, 360 Advocacy; Las Vegas; April 2016
  • Speaker, “Proving Damages in Motor Vehicle Cases,” American Association for Justice, national Webinar; March 2016
  • Moderator, “No Fault Panel Discussion,” Michigan Association of Defense Trial Counsel; March 2016
  • Moderator, “Auto No Fault Legislation Symposium,” Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan; Detroit, MI, March 2016
  • Speaker, “Proving Serious Impairment in Auto Accident Cases,” Learn from the Legends, Meadowlands Seminar; New York and New Jersey Trial Lawyers Associations; November 2015
  • Speaker, “Building A Top Auto Law Firm for the 21st Century,” Learning from the Legends, Meadowlands Seminar; New York and New Jersey Trial Lawyers Associations; November 2015
  • Speaker, “Settlement Tips and Strategies in Truck Accident Cases,” How to Win Trucking Cases – Advanced Course by 360 Advocacy Institute; Las Vegas, NV; November 2015
  • “Proving Negligent Entrustment and in Trucking Claims,” Michigan Association for Justice Evening Forum; Southfield, MI; November 2015
  • Speaker, “The Mild Brain Injury Car Accident Case,” Michigan Association for Justice, Seminarweb national webinar; October 2015
  • Speaker, “Lessons from a $34 Million Truck Accident Settlement,” Michigan Association for Justice No Fault Institute; Southfield, MI; October 2015
  • Speaker, “Cross Border Issues in Car Accident Cases Between Michigan and Canada,” Michigan Association for Justice No Fault Institute; Southfield, MI; October 2015
  • Speaker, “An Innovative Law Firm  Business Model,” Avvo Lawyernomics 2015 Conference; Las Vegas, NV; May 2015
  • Speaker, “New Summary Jury Trial Pilot Project,” Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan;  Nashville, TN; May 2015
  • Speaker, “How to Depose a Truck Driver,” New Jersey Association for Justice; New Jersey; May 2015
  • Speaker, “Teaching Lawyers How to Develop a Cutting-Edge Auto Torts Practice that Separates you from the Competition,” 360 Advocacy Institute; Las Vegas, NV; March 2015
  • Speaker, “Maximizing Damages in the Brain Injury Case,” 360 Advocacy Institute; Las Vegas, NV; March 2015
  • Speaker, “How to Add $1 Million to your Car Accident Law Practice,” Florida Justice Association; Orlando, FL; February 2015
  • Speaker, “Is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury from Car Crashes Real?” American Association for Justice, national webinar; February 2015
  • Speaker, “Convincing Adjusters and Juries in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases,” Kansas Association for Justice; Kansas City, KA; December 2014
  • Speaker, “Teaching Lawyers How to Win Traumatic Brain Injury Cases at Trial,” Michigan Association for Justice; Southfield, MI; September 2014
  • Speaker, “Maximizing Brain Injury Cases for Settlement and Trial,” 360 Advocacy Institute; Chicago, IL; September 2014
  • Speaker, “Developing a Cutting-Edge Injury Practice,” 360 Advocacy Institute; Chicago, IL; September 2014
  • Moderator, “Michigan Supreme Court Cases from the Last Term,” Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan; Lansing, August 2014
  • Speaker, “Proving Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Cynical Adjusters and Juries,” American Association for Justice; Baltimore, MD; July 2014
  • Speaker, “My Truck Case Has Been Moved to Federal Court, Now What?” American Association for Justice; Baltimore, MD; July 2014
  • Moderator, Keynote Speaker, Truck Accident Litigation Seminar, Ohio Association for Justice; Ohio; May 2014
  • Speaker, “Helping Young Lawyers Develop a Practice that Helps People and Achieves Great Results,” Ohio Association for Justice; Ohio; May 2014
  • Speaker, “Helping Lawyers to Take Auto Accident Settlements to the Next Level,” Chicago Bar Association; Chicago; May 2014
  • Speaker, “Hidden Injuries in the Bus, School Bus and Truck Accident Case,” American Association for Justice; San Francisco; July 2013
  • Speaker, “How to Win a Truck Accident Case with 5 Truckers on Your Jury,” Melvin M. Belli Society; San Francisco; July 2013
  • Speaker, “How to Maximize Auto Accident Settlements by Building a 21st Century Personal Injury Law Office,” New Jersey Association for Justice; New Jersey; April 2013
  • Speaker, The Defense Medical Examination, Michigan Association for Justice; Southfield; MIApril 2013
  • “Auto Accident Claims: The Influence of Colossus on Recoveries,” Strafford; CLE Webinar, November 2012
  • “Helping Accident Victims: A Fresh Approach for Injury Lawyers,” TAOS Injury Lawyers; Jackson Hole, WY, October 2012
  • “Understanding Auto Insurance Industry Tactics,” Michigan Association for Justice Young Lawyers Forum; Southfield, MI, September, 2012
  • “New Ways to Overcome Jury Bias and Increase Personal Injury Damages,” Michigan Association for Justice; Southfield, MI, August 2012
  • “How to Maximize Damages in Truck Accident Lawsuits,” 360 Advocacy Institute; Las Vegas, August 2012
  • “How Titan Insurance v. Hyten Affects Victims,” Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan; Troy, MI, August 2012
  • “Getting the Highest Car Accident Settlement,” Michigan Association for Justice; Southfield, MI; July 2012
  • “How to Get the Highest Settlement in Car Accident Cases,” American Association for Justice Jazz Fest Seminar; New Orleans, LA, May 2012
  • “How Bus and Truck Accident Lawsuits are Different,” New Jersey Association for Justice Summer Boardwalk Seminar; Atlantic City, NJ, April 2012
  • “Increasing Settlements in Auto Accident Tort Practices,” Florida Justice Association; Orlando, FL; March 2012
  • “Representing Auto Accident Victims at Trial,” Michigan Association for Justice; Southfield, MI, March 2012
  • “A Career as a Personal Injury Lawyer,” Wayne State University Law School; Detroit, MI February 2012
  • “Winning Trucking Cases,” National Trial Lawyers; Miami, FL; January 2012

Here’s more information about our legal seminars and speaking engagements.

Here are some videos of Steven Gursten speaking at legal seminars on litigating auto accident lawsuits and trucking cases.

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