Phil Seltzer

Phillip E. Seltzer



  • Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • 3910 Telegraph Road, Suite 200
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
  • 248-593-5000
  • 248-593-5040 FAX

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: 2011-2017

For the seventh 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.


ICLE Webinar: “Identify and Pursue Legal Malpractice Claims.” February, 2017 Phillip E. Seltzer was selected by the prestigious Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) to be on a panel of experts for a webinar titled “Identify and Pursue Legal Malpractice Claims.” Posted on, this webinar is available for member viewing and provides continuing legal education credits. The overall theme of this webinar addresses identifying legal malpractice as a claim, the elements necessary to sustain such a claim, and the available defenses that may bar or defeat such an action. Topics discussed include: strategies for identifying the required elements for a potential malpractice action; the evaluation of the defenses that might bar recovery or defeat a claim; establishing or refuting the applicable standard of care with expert testimony; identifying when a conflict of interest results in divided loyalties, when such a conflict may form the basis of a claim, and the defenses to such conflict of interest claims; and distinguishing malpractice liability from a violation of professional ethical standards and if or when such standards are relevant to litigating a malpractice claim.

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

Summary Dismissal Victory Affirmed by Phillip E. Seltzer and Samantha K. Heraud In Defense of Lawyer and Law Firm on Claim of Legal Malpractice

Attorneys Phillip E. Seltzer and Shawn Grinnen Successfully Obtain Substantially More Than the Appraised Fair-Market Value for Their Client’s LLC’s Membership Interest in an Oppression/Conversion Lawsuit

Victory Achieved by Phillip E. Seltzer and Shawn Grinnen In Defense of Law Firm Client against Tortious Interference and Slander of Title Claims