Phillip E. Seltzer



  • Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • 3910 Telegraph Road, Suite 200
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
  • 248-593-5000
  • 248-593-5040 FAX
  • pseltzer@lipsonneilson.com

Practice Areas

  • Architects, Engineers & Design Professionals
  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • Legal Professional Liability
  • Miscellaneous Errors & Omissions
  • Business Torts & Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Uniform Commercial Code


Wayne State University, J.D.

Michigan State University, B.A.



Super Lawyer: 2011-2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Mr. Seltzer has been selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information for the legal industry.

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“My job is to see that my clients rise to the challenge of litigation prepared and confident. Results matter.” 

A principal with Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C., Phillip Seltzer offers clients advice and counsel drawn from more than two decades of experience in the areas of commercial litigation and the defense of professional liability claims.

Licensed to practice law in Michigan and Nevada, Mr. Seltzer is a specialist in the areas of legal malpractice, architect and design professional malpractice, accounting malpractice, real estate broker errors and omissions, directors’ and officers’ liability claims and insurance coverage disputes.

Phillip Seltzer is a member of the Litigation Practice and Torts Insurance Practice Sections of the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Litigation, Business Law, Corporation and Negligence Sections of the State Bar of Michigan; the Defense Research Institute; the Michigan Defense Trial Council (MDTC); and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). Mr. Seltzer has also been appointed by the State Bar of Michigan to the State Bar Character and Fitness Committee for a two year term beginning in 2011. He has been named as a Top Lawyer for Legal Malpractice by DBusiness Magazine for multiple years starting in 2012 and as a “SuperLawyer” for Professional Liability Defense over the last five years.


Mr. Seltzer earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and J.D. from Wayne State Law School where he was Senior Associate Editor of the Wayne Law Review. He has authored and published articles for a range of legal and insurance publications including, ABA Magazine, The Brief, Michigan Bar Journal, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Federal Lawyer, The Insurance Advocate, The Professional Liability Underwriting Society Magazine, Detroit Legal News and Oakland County Legal News.


Arbitration of Legal Malpractice Claims: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Adrift in a Sea of Venue Determining “Original” Injury in a Legal Malpractice Case Without a Compass
By Phillip E. Seltzer and
C. Thomas Ludden

The Statute of Limitations and Legal Malpractice:
Protecting Against the Revival of Stale Malpractice Claims

By Phillip E. Seltzer and
Karen A. Smyth

Attorney’s Right to a Bench Trial in Legal Malpractice Cases

Watts V Polaczyk:Arbitration Clauses in Attorney Retainer Agreements Upheld

Trial Lawyers and the Error-in-Judgment Immunity Rule