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Michigan Auto Law attorneys voted Super Lawyers 2021 and Best Lawyers in America 2022

September 13, 2021 by Steven M. Gursten

Michigan Auto Law attorneys voted Super Lawyers 2021 and Best Lawyers in America 2022

9 Michigan Auto Law attorneys have been named Michigan Super Lawyers in 2021, 4 have been voted as Best Lawyers in America for 2022 and 2 are listed among the ‘Ones To Watch’

At Michigan Auto law, there are certain things we can say that no other auto accident lawyer or law firm can say:

  • Michigan Auto Law attorneys are the most honored and awarded car accident lawyers in the state.
  • We have recovered more million-dollar verdicts and settlements for auto accident injury and wrongful death cases than any other law firm.
  • We are the only law firm in Michigan that truly specializes in auto accident cases.
  • We have had the largest ever truck and auto accident settlement of any Michigan lawyer or law firm.
  • And now I’m happy to add to this and announce that 9 of our Michigan Auto Law attorneys have been selected to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists for 2021. This is a list of the best attorneys in Michigan. The Super Lawyers 2021 list is limited to the top 5% of all Michigan lawyers.

I’m also proud to announce that for the 15th consecutive year our attorneys have been voted to The Best Lawyers in America 2022 list, which is limited to the top  attorneys in Michigan and in the U.S.

Two of our car accident lawyers were also included in the second edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for their work in “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.” This award from Best Lawyers in America highlights “the most promising younger lawyers in the U.S.” and recognizes them for their “outstanding professional excellence.”

Significantly, these are not honors awards that attorneys can buy. These are based on peer voting from attorneys and trial judges voting for the very best lawyers in Michigan.

Best Lawyers in America 2022 calls its list the “top legal talent” in the state, reflecting “the consensus opinion of leading lawyers” in Michigan about “professional abilities,” “quality of legal services” and “professional excellence.”

As with Super Lawyers, no other personal injury law firm in Michigan that handles car crash injury and truck accident cases has this many lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America 2022 as the very best in this narrow and specialized area of Michigan personal injury law.

On a personal note, this is the 14th straight year that I have been named to the list of Michigan Super Lawyers. I’m especially honored that this is the 11th straight year that I have been included in Super Lawyers’ lists of the Top 50 and Top 100 lawyers in Michigan (out of over 65,000 lawyers in the state).

The legal awards and honors that our attorneys receive are always nice, but they are more meaningful for what these awards and honors represent. In a legal profession consisting of too many injury lawyers and the ambulance chasers who practice law by mass volume to support big TV advertising and marketing campaigns, these legal honors and awards show how our attorneys at Michigan Auto Law have chosen to practice law a different way – and we feel a much better way for our clients who we are trusted to help.   

As these awards and honors are based on the total votes of lawyers throughout the state, it would appear most would agree.

We put clients first, not signing as many cases as we can to support massive television advertising like our competition. We pride ourselves on treating everyone we help with the highest level of care and dignity. Being accessible to our clients and maintaining excellent communication is the rule, not the exception. We know that by putting in the hard work and investing long hours to help our clients, the results we achieve for them will be the best possible auto accident settlements and verdicts in Michigan, year after year. Caring and communication and working the long hours necessary is what makes great settlement results for our clients. 

Get to know Michigan Auto Law’s Super Lawyers of 2021

The Michigan Auto Law attorneys named to the list of Michigan Super Lawyers in 2021 are partners Steven M. Gursten and Lawrence E. Gursten, and attorneys Brandon Hewitt, Kevin H. Seiferheld, and Thomas W. James.

Additionally, Joshua R. Terebelo, Jordan M. Jones, Alexander P. Kemp, and Rick J. Houghton were named to the Super Lawyers 2021 list of Michigan Rising Stars.

The Super Lawyers 2021 awards are under the personal injury litigation practice section.

Get to know Michigan Auto Law’s Best Lawyers in America 2022

The Michigan Auto Law attorneys named among the Best Lawyers in America 2022 are Lawrence E. Gursten, Steven M. Gursten, Kevin H. Seiferheld and Thomas W. James.

Get to know attorney Thomas W. James, Michigan Auto Law’s most recent recipient of the Best Lawyers in America 2022 honor

Thomas W. James has been a trial lawyer for nearly 15 years. He focuses his practice on helping people who have been injured in  serious truck and car crashes. Tom has obtained multimillion-dollar, record-breaking settlements and jury verdicts for people injured in auto and truck accidents, including a $7 million car crash settlement in Oakland County, a $5.6 million jury verdict for a client who suffered brain injuries after a Macomb County auto accident, and a $3.5 million verdict in Jackson County for a truck crash victim who suffered a TBI. In addition to being named to the list of Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers, Tom has also been honored with the “Pacesetter” award from the Michigan Association for Justice, an organization consisting of 2,000 lawyers dedicated to helping personal injury victims.  

Get to know attorney Jordan A.W. Barkey, Michigan Auto Law’s most recent recipient of Best Lawyers ‘Ones to Watch’ award

Michigan Auto Law attorney Jordan A.W. Barkey received a 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for “Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.” This award recognizes “the most promising younger lawyers in the U.S.” for their “outstanding professional excellence.”

Jordan has extensive experience helping auto accident victims recover pain and suffering compensation and No-Fault benefits that their insurance companies have refused to pay.  The National Trial Lawyers Association, a professional organization comprised of the top trial lawyers from each state, has also named Jordan to its list of the “Top 40” lawyers under the age of 40. 

How Michigan Auto Law attorneys were recognized as Super Lawyers in 2021

As Super Lawyers explains, a Super Lawyers selection is an honor reserved for “outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement” and “who exhibit excellence in the practice of law.”

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, compiles a listing of outstanding lawyers in Michigan. The organization employs a tough selection process that combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party research. Each Super Lawyers candidate is evaluated on 12 points of peer recognition, professional achievement and legal excellence.

Selection to the Super Lawyers list is limited to the top 5% of all Michigan lawyers.

“Rising Stars” status which reflects the legal excellence displayed by up-and-coming motor vehicle accident attorneys is limited to the top 2.5% of Michigan attorneys who are either 40 years of age or younger or who have been in practice for 10 years or less.

For more information about Super Lawyers, visit Superlawyers.com.

How Michigan Auto Law attorneys were selected for Best Lawyers in America 2022

The process that Best Lawyers used to identify our lawyers as being worthy of being included on the Best Lawyers in America 2022 list is based on peer-review voting by the most respected attorneys across the state of Michigan and the country which, of course, reflects our lawyers’ outstanding legal reputations and case results.

Our attorneys were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022 list of the “top legal talent” not only because of the high vote totals they received, but most importantly because of the high “consensus opinion of leading lawyers” in Michigan about our “professional abilities,” “quality of legal services” and “professional excellence” in plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, which includes attorneys who help people injured in auto accidents and truck accidents.

For more information, visit Best Lawyers in America.

How Michigan Auto Law was selected for Best Lawyers ‘Ones to Watch’

The Best Lawyers’ list of the “Ones to Watch,” which is an award that debuted in 2020, is intended to “highlight the most promising younger lawyers in the U.S.,” recognizing them for their “outstanding professional excellence.” Honorees are attorneys who have been in practice for 5-9 years.

Learn more about Michigan Auto Law’s award-winning attorneys

  • Steven M. Gursten has been recognized on the Best Lawyers in America list annually for the past 15 years, named to the list of Michigan Super Lawyers for 14 years straight as well as included in Super Lawyers’ lists of the Top 50 and  Top 100 lawyers in Michigan for the 11th straight year.  Steve has the highest auto accident settlement and truck accident settlement of any Michigan lawyer or personal injury law firm.  To learn more about attorney Steven Gursten visit his attorney profile.
  • Lawrence E. Gursten has been listed on The Best Lawyers in America list annually for the past 15 years and recognized on the list of Michigan Super Lawyers for 15 years straight. His legal career as one of the top car accident lawyers in the country spans more than 40 years and started with his earning the highest score in the country for the bar exam.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly calls him Michigan’s “auto law guru.” To learn more about attorney Lawrence Gursten visit his attorney profile.
  • Kevin H. Seiferheld was again recognized this year on the Best Lawyers in America list. He has also been selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer and Rising Star for multiple years since 2011. He has repeatedly made the Michigan Lawyers Weekly list of the top-reported car accident and truck accident verdicts and settlements in the state for recoveries he has obtained for his clients. To learn more about attorney Kevin Seiferheld visit his attorney profile.
  • Thomas W. James  was recognized for the first time this year on the Best Lawyers in America list. He has been selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer for multiple years since 2010.  He was also named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer as well as a Michigan Association for Justice Pacesetter. He made the Michigan Lawyers Weekly list of the top-reported verdicts and settlements in the state in 2020. To learn more about attorney Thomas James visit his attorney profile.
  • Brandon M. Hewitt has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer annually since 2013 and has been named on Grand Rapids Magazine’s list of Top Lawyers annually since 2019.  He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Justice. To learn more about attorney Brandon Hewitt visit his attorney profile.
  • Joshua R. Terebelo has been recognized on the list of Michigan Rising Stars for multiple years since 2010.  He was also named in the “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers Association. To learn more about attorney Josh Terebelo visit his attorney profile. 
  • Jordan M. Jones was recognized for the second time this year on the Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch list for 2022 and has also been selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list annually since 2015.  He has also been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer.”  To learn more about attorney Jordan Jones visit his attorney profile.
  • Jordan A.W. Barkey is recognized for the first time this year on the Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch list for 2022 and has also been named in the “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers Association.  To learn more about attorney Jordan Barkey visit his attorney profile.  
  • Alexander P. Kemp has been selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list annually since 2018.  To learn more about attorney Alex Kemp visit his attorney profile.
  • Rick J. Houghton has been recognized on the Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list annually since 2014 (first in Minnesota and now in Michigan) and has been named one of Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2020 and 2021.  To learn more about attorney Rick Houghton visit his attorney profile.

Need help after a car crash? Call Michigan Auto Law first for a free consultation

If you were injured in a car or truck crash and have concerns and questions about your legal rights to pain and suffering compensation, economic damages and auto No-Fault insurance benefits, you can call toll free anytime 24/7 at (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with one of our experienced car crash attorneys. You can also get help by visiting our contact page or you can use the chat feature on our website.

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