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Verdicts and settlements, awards and legal leadership

Top verdicts and settlements

Top reported jury verdicts

Michigan Auto Law has recovered the top reported jury verdicts for Michigan automobile accident cases or truck accident lawsuits in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The firm has more than 60 jury verdicts and arbitration awards over $1 million for car accident and truck accident victims in the state.

More than 98 percent of Michigan Auto Law cases result in great settlements

We have an excellent trial record that defense attorneys pay to avoid. This makes for larger settlements and faster returns. No other personal injury firm in Michigan can match our results — 98 percent of our cases end with outstanding settlements. Year after year, we receive settlements among the highest in the state.

Largest pain and suffering settlement

Steven Gursten received the largest reported settlement in Michigan — $9 million — for a pain and suffering car accident case. This settlement was the largest pain and suffering settlement in Michigan in the past decade, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Michigan legal awards

Michigan Leader in the Law, 2012

Michigan Leader in the Law, 2008

Steven Gursten has also been honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in the Law. He was chosen among the state’s top 25 for his continuing efforts to force unsafe trucking companies to comply with mandatory state and federal regulations.

Michigan Lawyer of the Year, 2005

Steven Gursten was named Michigan Lawyer of the Year in Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The newspaper quoted, “Gursten is clearly doing something right. Perhaps it’s the fact that his firm is the largest in the state specializing in serious car and truck accident cases. Perhaps it’s the fact that he’s willing to take difficult cases to trial and continues to receive spectacular results. Perhaps it’s the fact that he practices law with honesty and integrity. Most likely, it’s all of these things.”

Michigan legal honors

Michigan Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit

Lawrence Gursten and Steven Gursten have been named the Best Lawyers in metro Detroit in DBusiness magazine, under the personal injury litigation specialty. The magazine honored Michigan lawyers who are well-versed, respected and successful in nearly every aspect of the law.

Crain’s Detroit Business Best Lawyers

Lawrence Gursten and Steven Gursten have been named in Crain’s Detroit Business among the best lawyers in metro Detroit. They are listed in the personal injury litigation specialty, for their outstanding ethics, reputation and legal accomplishments.

National legal honors

Best Lawyers in America

All four principals were selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers publication, which is based on an exhaustive peer-review of two million evaluations by top lawyers across the country. It is considered the definitive guide to excellence in the United States and is limited to the top 2.4 percent of attorneys.

AV-Rated Lawyers

All four principals of Michigan Auto Law have AV Ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest mark for legal ability and legal ethics based upon confidential opinions attorneys and judges. This rating shows that an experienced lawyer has reached the peak of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Lawrence Gursten and Steven Gursten were named Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. The association is a national organization composed of the top lawyers from each state, where membership is only extended to attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation and stature.

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

Michigan Auto Law is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, the nation’s most exclusive lawyer directory for more than 80 years. Only 5 percent of attorneys qualify and are included, making Michigan Auto Law one of the most distinguished and respected in the country.

Legal leadership

President, Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, 2010-2015

Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. This group is a professional and trade association of trial attorneys from throughout the country who represent injury victims and consumer plaintiffs in claims involving motor vehicle injuries.

President, Negligence Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, 2010-11

President, Michigan Association for Justice, 2007-08

Robert Raitt, a partner of Michigan Auto Law, is past president of the Michigan Association for Justice, the state’s largest organization of trial lawyers and consumer advocates representing the needs of accident victims. Michigan Auto Law has been a long-standing member, contributor and lecturer to the organization, formerly called the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

President, Interstate Truck Accident Litigation Group, American Association for Justice, 2007-08

Steven Gursten served as chair of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group. The group’s mission is to educate and assist lawyers handling serious truck accident cases throughout the United States. The American Association for Justice is the nation’s largest association of advocates serving the needs of injury victims, with more than 50,000 lawyer members. Michigan Auto Law has been a long-standing member, contributor and lecturer to the organization, formerly called the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association for Justice, 2007-14

Steven Gursten serves on the board of the American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Group; a group of trial lawyers who dedicate major portions of their legal practices to helping victims of traumatic brain injury.

Co-Chair, Auto No-Fault Committee, Michigan Association for Justice, 2005-10

Steven Gursten was co-chair of the Michigan Association for Justice Auto No-Fault Committee. The committee’s mission is to provide education, training and assistance to Michigan auto accident lawyers. It is actively engaged in seeking political and legislative correction to issues facing car accident victims, including first- and third-party tort legislation.

Board of Governors, Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, 2007-12

Steven Gursten serves on the Board of Governors for the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, a national association of committed lawyers who have joined to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices.

State of Michigan Model Civil Jury Instructions, Subcommittee, 2010-12

Steven Gursten is on the subcommittee for the State of Michigan Model Civil
Jury Instructions. He advises on the most effective jury instructions regarding Michigan No-Fault PIP aggravation, causation instruction, analysis of McCormick v. Carrier and current auto negligence serious impairment of body function instruction.

Our auto accident attorneys are here to help you

Year after year, Michigan Auto Law is recognized by legal experts and the media for our unmatched success, leadership and ethics. But our greatest accomplishment is the way we make our clients feel. Our firm is large enough to handle the most challenging cases, yet we also give the personalized, responsive attention that every client deserves.

We have helped people who were told they had no case or that their case was too old. Call (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys. You can also use our consultation form . Our lawyers are here to help you recover.

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