November 2, 2017
Robert M. Raitt, a Michigan Auto Law principal and senior trial attorney, has been recently elected the Vice Chair (Chair-Elect) of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section. He was elected at the section’s annual meeting in September, as part of the State Bar’s NEXT Conference.
The Negligence Law Section is one of 42 sections within the State Bar, which is the governing body for all lawyers in the state of Michigan. Membership in the State Bar is mandatory for attorneys who practice law in this state.
Raitt has held several leadership roles in the Negligence Section, including as Chair and council member. He’s also organized and served as a moderator at the Negligence Section’s annual Auto No Fault Law Legislation Symposium, which brings together auto injury attorneys from the plaintiff and defense sides to discuss recent legislative developments that could have an impact on their practice and their clients.
Throughout his involvement in the section, Raitt has served as a voice for preserving the No Fault insurance rights of Michigan residents and car accident victims, as well as protecting the right to jury trial through legislation and access to the court system. He has appeared before the Michigan Legislature to testify, and he continues to provide expert legal advice on proposed new laws that effect first-party and third-party auto accident lawsuits.
The Negligence Law Section is made up of more than 4,300 negligence lawyers — whose practice areas range from auto accidents to medical malpractice to personal injury, on both the plaintiffs’ and defense sides — from throughout the state. It’s the largest single section of the Michigan bar.
Besides following and studying areas of concern in overall negligence law, the Negligence Law Section provides personal injury attorneys with education, information and analysis about things that affect auto accident victims. Meetings, seminars and public service programs are held regularly, along with publications and resources available to its members and the public.
Raitt also has been a leader for car crash victims’ rights in other organizations. He is a 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. He also is a member of the American Association for Justice. In addition, he speaks regularly at many state and national legal seminars, teaching Michigan injury lawyers how to better litigate a variety of auto negligence and premises liability cases.