Michigan Auto Law has the Highest Law Firm Rankings Making it the Most Awarded Michigan Auto Firm
Choosing a lawyer can seem like an overwhelming task but Michigan law firm rankings help make that decision easier. Making an educated choice should include looking at the ranking of the law firm, evaluating the skills and expertise of the attorneys of that law firm, and considering the legal honors, awards, and leadership roles of the lawyers. We’ve gathered all of that here for you to see. You’ll find there are no other law firms in Michigan that compare.
Since our founding, our attorneys at Michigan Auto Law have consistently been awarded top honors in Michigan law firm rankings for attorneys in Personal Injury Litigation. We work incredibly hard to achieve the best possible results for our clients and because of that hard work, each year we have the most auto accident attorneys recognized in our field – more so than any other law firm in Michigan.
Michigan Auto Law is thankful of the special recognition but winning awards and honors is not our goal. Our goal is to truly help the seriously injured by obtaining the highest settlements and verdicts for our clients. The legal honors and awards come because of this dedication to the people we help.
Below are highlights of the awards, honors and legal leadership acknowledgements that our firm and our attorneys have received over the years.
Michigan Auto Law Awards and Honors
Best Law Firms, U.S. News – Best Lawyers®
U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers in America recognize firms for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving this ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Michigan Auto Law has been ranked as a Tier 1 firm among the Best Law Firms in America in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Michigan Auto Law has received this First-Tier ranking every year since the Best Law Firms publication debuted in 2011.
Visit the Michigan Auto Law Best Law Firm Profile for more details.
Best Lawyers in America®
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor.
Four Michigan Auto Law attorneys have been selected as Best Lawyers®:
Lawyer of the Year – Best Lawyers®
Recognition for an individual attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and region. Only one attorney is recognized for each specialty and location per year. Steve Gursten is recognized for Personal Injury Litigation.
Visit the Michigan Auto Law Best Lawyers Profile for more details.
Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars®
The Super Lawyers® list is the top 5% of Michigan attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Rising Stars list contain the top 2.5% of attorneys, 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
Visit the Michigan Auto Law SuperLawyers Firm Profile for more details.
Top 50 Michigan Consumer Super Lawyers®
The Top 50 list features selected Super Lawyers attorneys with the most total points earned. Steve Gursten has been selected as a top 50 Michigan SuperLawyer every year since 2013.
View Steve’s Super Lawyers Profile for more details.
Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers®
The Top 100 list features selected Super Lawyers attorneys with the most total points earned.
Two Michigan Auto Law attorneys have been selected to the top 100 Super Lawyers list – Steve Gursten and Bobby Raitt.
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
The AV® Preeminent™ Rating is awarded only to those lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability. Only approximately 10% of attorneys have achieved this prestigious honor. Four Michigan Auto Law attorneys have received the AV® Preeminent™ Rating:
Steve Gursten Lenny Koltonow
Larry Gursten Bobby Raitt
Top 10 – The Trucking Trial Lawyers Association
Top 10 is an invitation-only professional organization composed of and limited to the top 10 attorneys from each state or region who serve individuals and families who need attorneys to represent them in the American legal system regarding Trucking accidents and injuries claims.
Steve Gursten serves on the Executive Committee of this exclusive organization.
For more details visit the Trucking Trial Lawyers website.
Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit DBusiness magazine
DBusiness’ Top Lawyers are selected through a peer-review survey distributed to local lawyers. Since 2006, DBusiness Magazine has produced the annual list of Top Lawyers by asking attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties to nominate their peers in 53 categories.
Steve Gursten is currently named to this list
Visit the Dbusiness Top Lawyers page for more details.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Leaders in the Law”
Honorees have made outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan and set an example for other lawyers. They have demonstrated tremendous leadership and offer a wealth of expertise in many areas of the law.
Steve Gursten and Bobby Raitt are both past honorees
Visit the Leaders in the Law for more details.
Lawyer of the Year – Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Steve Gursten was honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a Lawyer of the Year out of more than 40,000 Michigan lawyers.
Steve was chosen for his record-breaking pain and suffering settlement of $9 million for a truck accident case.
To learn more visit Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s article here.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer”
Awarded to Michigan attorneys who “have spent less than a decade in practice and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that makes them worthy of the title.
Three Michigan Auto Law attorneys have been named to the list including Tom James, Alison Duffy and Jordan Jones
Visit the Up & Coming Lawyers page for more details.
Top Ten Attorney – National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
A professional organization championing those who practice in personal injury law. Very few attorneys (less than 1%) that are good enough to make the list have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of Personal Injury.
Steven Gursten was recognized as a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney for the state of Michigan.
Visit the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys website for more details.
Top 100 Litigation Lawyer American Society of Legal Advocates
An invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards.
Steve Gursten was selected to the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers list.
For more details visit the American Society of Legal Advocates website.
Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Corporate LiveWire
Annual publication highlights and honors the achievements of those individuals that have consistently shown best practice and demonstrated general excellence in every endeavor on a global and national level.
Steve Gursten was honored on the annual list as the Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year in Michigan.
Visit the Corporate LiveWire website to view the list.
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
ABOTA is a nationwide organization of skilled practicing trial attorneys who care passionately about the American trial system.
Steve Gursten is a member of this “Who’s who of trial lawyers nationwide” association.
For more details visit the ABOTA website.
Top 40 Under 40 National Trial Lawyers Association
Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile
Both Josh Terebelo and Jordan Jones have been included in this list.
Visit the Top 40 Under 40 list for more details.
Top 100 Trial Lawyers National Trial Lawyers Association
A national organization composed of the best lawyers from each state, where membership is only extended to those who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation and stature.
Larry Gursten, Steve Gursten and Tom James have been named as members of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list.
JD Supra’s 2018 and 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards
Almost 50,000 authors published their insights and commentary on JD Supra last year. 228 thought leaders from that mix were recognized for achieving the highest visibility and engagement for their expertise during the year.
Steve Gursten was named a Top Author in the Insurance category.
Visit the Reader’s Choice list for more details.
AVVO Superb Legal Ratings
The popular online legal directory and resource provides a snapshot assessment of a lawyer’s background and rates each one based on client reviews, honors and professional achievements.
Twelve Michigan Auto Law attorneys have received a Superb Legal Rating from Avvo.
Visit the Avvo website to view any of our attorney’s profiles.
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements. There about 4,000 members – less than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers – throughout the country.
Steve Gursten is a member of this forum for achieving many multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients injured in auto accidents.
Nation’s Top 1% – National Association of Distinguished Counsel
A legal organization that recognizes attorneys who elevate the standards of the bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. The following were designated in the top 1%:
Steven Gursten Kevin Seiferheld
Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course®: Art of Persuasion
Kevin Sieferheld completed an intensive five-day course offered by the National College of Advocacy at Harvard Law School in courtroom techniques. Recognized as the gold standard in courtroom persuasion training for trial lawyers, the event is sponsored annually by the American Association for Justice.
Highest Auto Settlement ever by a Michigan lawyer
Steve Gursten recovered a $34 million settlement for a truck accident, the highest in the United States for that year. It remains the highest truck accident injury settlement and the highest auto settlement ever by a Michigan lawyer.
Member – Lawyers of Distinction
Lawyers of Distinction Members have been selected based upon a review and vetting process by our Selection Committee. The platform generates a numerical score of 1 to 5 for each of the 12 enumerated factors which are meant to recognize the applicant’s achievements and peer recognition. Members are then subject to a final review for ethical violations within the past ten years before confirmation of Membership. Brandon Hewitt was named a Lawyer of Distinction in 2018 and has continued to hold that title.
Brain Injury Preferred Attorney Program
Steve Gursten, partner at Michigan Auto Law, has been selected to the Brain Injury Association’s Brain Injury Preferred Attorneys Program. This is an exclusive partnership between the nation’s oldest and largest brain injury advocacy organization and one of Michigan’s foremost personal injury law firms.
Three Best Rated Personal Injury Lawyers
Three Top Rated recommends lawyers that are experts in personal injury. All of their recommended personal injury lawyers face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. They believe that you deserve only the best! Michigan Auto Law has been recognized as one of the Three Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyers in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights.
Michigan Auto Law Leadership
President – Distracted Driving Litigation Group; Past President – Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice
Steve Gursten is the president of the Distracted Driving Litigation Group as well as past president of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the AAJ. These trial attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in brain injury litigation and consult on brain injury issues.
For more information on this group visit the AAJ website.
Past Chair – State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section
Robert Raitt was the past chair of the negligence law section of the state bar. This group promotes the fair, equitable and speedy administration of negligence litigation in the Michigan trial and appellate courts.
To learn more visit the State Bar of Michigan website.
President Melvin M. Belli Society
Steve Gursten is president of the Melvin M. Belli Society which promotes the international exchange of ideas among lawyers through meetings and education. The legal group of the best injury lawyers in the country presents hard-hitting, practical seminars featuring lawyers who are experts in the courtroom discussing innovative trial skills.
Visit the Melvin M. Belli Society website for more information.
Past President – Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
Steve Gursten is past-president of one of the nation’s premier invitation-only resources for attorneys and victims looking for assistance regarding Motor Vehicle claims. The organization is limited to the Top 25 attorneys from each state or region who serve individuals and families who need attorneys to represent them in the American legal system regarding Motor Vehicle claims.
To learn more visit the MVTLA website.
Past President and Officer Michigan Association for Justice
Robert Raitt served as the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) President and as an Officer. The MAJ is the state’s largest organization of trial lawyers and consumer advocates representing the needs of injured accident victims.
To learn more visit the MAJ website.
Past President – Truck Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice
Steve Gursten served as President of the Truck Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. The AAJ is the nation’s largest association of advocates serving the needs of personal injury victims, with more than 50,000 lawyer members. The truck litigation group helps lawyers protect truck accident victims by sharing knowledge and litigation best practices with legal peers throughout the country.
To learn more visit the AAJ website.
Subcommittee Member – State of Michigan Model Civil Jury Instructions
Steve Gursten advises on the most effective jury instructions regarding Michigan No-Fault and auto accident laws for the State of Michigan.
Automobile Accident No-Fault Committee Michigan Association for Justice
Steven Gursten serves on the influential Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) No-Fault Committee. The MAJ is the state’s largest organization of trial lawyers and consumer advocates representing the needs of injured accident victims.
To learn more visit the MAJ website.
Founding Member TAOS Injury Lawyers
Taos injury lawyers are among the most highly-talented injury attorneys in the United States. These outstanding attorneys have earned peer recognition and professional achievement across the country. They are comprised of current and former Presidents of their state trial lawyer organizations.
Steve Gursten is a founding member of this special group of attorneys.
For more information on TAOS Injury Lawyers visit their website