August 21, 2017
Four attorneys from Farmington Hills-based Michigan Auto Law have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America Directory for 2018.
This is the 10th year in a row that attorneys and firm partners Steve M. Gursten, Lawrence E. Gursten, Leonard M. Koltonow and Robert M. Raitt are being recognized in the practice area of plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation.
Steven Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top attorneys litigating serious auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. He is an active leader in many organizations, including President of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, Chair-elect of the Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Group of the American Association for Justice, and a Past Chair of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Lawyer Litigation Group. Gursten has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year. He frequently lectures at legal seminars throughout the country on topics such as trial advocacy, truck accident litigation, the Michigan No-Fault law, traumatic brain injury and auto accidents. Recently he received one of American law’s most prestigious honors, the Melvin M. Belli Society annual Mel Award.
Lawrence Gursten is the founding partner of Michigan Auto Law, and his legal career as one of the top auto accident attorneys in the country spans more than 40 years. He started his career with the highest score on the Michigan Bar Exam, and continues today to passionately advocate for auto accident victims throughout the state. Gursten has been called Michigan’s “auto law guru” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and is considered one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the state on Michigan’s auto No-Fault insurance laws.
Leonard Koltonow is a top trial lawyer and law firm partner with Michigan Auto Law, and he’s been recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in Michigan for over 35 years. He has been named one of the very best trial attorneys in the state by the Michigan Association for Justice and the National Trial Lawyers Association. Koltonow’s settlement results and jury verdicts for serious auto accident victims include a recent $1.45 million jury verdict in Detroit on an insurance company offer of $400,000, in a strongly contested truck accident negligence and injury case. He also is a respected court-appointed special case evaluator and arbitrator.
Robert Raitt is a Michigan Auto Law trial attorney and law firm partner. He is past-president of the Michigan Association for Justice, a victims’ rights organization comprised of over 2,000 Michigan personal injury attorneys and consumer rights attorneys. Raitt has received multiple million-dollar verdicts and settlements, including most recently a $4.6 million verdict in a traumatic brain injury case in Wayne County. He has received many legal awards and honors, including Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law, and he works tirelessly for those injured in auto accidents.
The Best Lawyers in America is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. The 2018 Edition is based on more than 7.4 million evaluations and recognizes more than 58,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas. Selection is limited to the top 5% of attorneys in the U.S. Those lawyers selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America do not pay a fee to be listed.