Featured Attorney Phil Seltzer

A principal with Lipson Neilson 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. RAJ_016_e_sm

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.

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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 andOakland County Legal News.

Attorney Christina M. DiMichele Joins the Firm

Attorney Christina M. DiMichele has joined the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office as an Associate. Ms. DiMichele’s practice concentrates on Probate and Trust Administration, Probate Litigation, Family and Domestic Law, and Professional Liability.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. DiMichele worked as the judicial attorney to Hon. Lisa M. Neilson, Family Court Judge in the Third Circuit Court of Michigan. Ms. DiMichele provided direct assistance to Judge Neilson and was responsible for administration of the courtroom docket. She drafted legal memoranda, prepared written orders and opinions, and worked with lawyers and self-represented litigants to resolve contested matters. She was responsible for the implementation of processes and procedures used throughout the Family Court Division.

While a judicial attorney, Ms. DiMichele worked with attorneys at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and the U.S. Embassy in Jordan to orchestrate the safe return of two children that had been abducted by a parent to the Middle East (Yemen) during divorce proceedings.

Ms. DiMichele received a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and a B.S. from Grand Valley State University. She is a member of the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association, the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties in Michigan.

Founded in 1985, the Lipson Neilson law firm has grown from three founding members to thirty-three attorneys located in three states. Since its formation, the firm has also expanded its practice areas from business, tax and litigation to a full range of practice areas which now also include international law, real estate, professional liability, probate litigation, family law and estate planning.

Lipson Neilson Team Supports 2018 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Detroit

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The firm is proud to have participated with a team in the 2018 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Detroit. The firm’s team included 29 attorneys, staff, families and friends that are connected by their passion to help fight breast cancer. This year’s 5K run/fitness walk through the streets of downtown Detroit, held on May 5, 2018, drew an estimated crowd of 25,000 women, men and children coming together to fight breast cancer; the event raised a total of $343,599.

Founded in 1985, the Lipson Neilson law firm has grown from three founding members to thirty-three attorneys located in three states. Lipson Neilson attorneys represent and provide counsel to clients throughout the country and around the world. To learn more about the firm please visit www.lipsonneilson.com.

Independent Insurance Agents: Order Takers or Fiduciaries?

Independent Insurance Agents: Order Takers or Fiduciaries?
Article co-written by C. Thomas Ludden, litigation Partner at the Lipson Neilson law firm, and James R. Redeker, claims manager in the Insurance Agent’s E&O Program at SwissRe Corporate Solutions.

An insured has a significant loss, but discovers that the insurance company will not cover the loss under the insurance policy that had been purchased. One of the potential options that an insured may consider pursuing is a claim against the insurance agent who was involved. Whether that claim is ultimately successful may depend upon whether the agent is considered a fiduciary of the insured or the agent has assumed duties in addition to the duty of ordinary care.

The answer to these questions depends upon:

1. Whether the agent is an independent or captive agent;

2. What duties are normally imposed by the applicable jurisdiction;

3. Whether the agent and the customer have agreed that the agent would perform additional duties;

4. Whether the agent has performed acts or omissions that trigger additional duties; and

5. Whether unique circumstances exist that will impose additional duties upon the agent…Click here for full article.

Thomas Ludden and Karen Smyth Win Landmark Case in Michigan Supreme Court

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On July 22, 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals and reinstated the decision by the Oakland Circuit Court to grant summary disposition in favor of Lipson Neilson’s client in the case Tyra v Organ Procurement Agency of Michigan (Docket No. 148079). This medical malpractice case decision will affect how medical malpractice cases are handled in Michigan.

Lipson Neilson attorneys Thomas Ludden and Karen Smyth successfully argued, on behalf of the Defendants-Appellants in Tyra, that the Michigan Supreme Court should find that the failure of a plaintiff to abide by the statutorily mandated waiting period prevents them from commencing a medical malpractice lawsuit. As a result, the Supreme Court held that all of the claims by the plaintiff are barred by the statute of limitations.

To learn more, please contact Thomas Ludden at phone 248-593-5000, or email at tludden@lipsonneilson.com.

Jessica Green on Panel of Experts Discussing “Errors & Omissions Claims Trends” at ExecuSummit

Jessica Green web resJessica Green was featured on a panel of industry experts discussing “Errors & Omissions Claims Trends” at the ninth annual Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance ExecuSummit held in Uncasville, CT during June, 2015. This conference brings together legal and insurance industry professionals from across the country to discuss emerging issues in this very specialized area of insurance, and law.

Jessica has defended many lawyers and law firms throughout the country during her career and is recognized as an emerging leader in Errors and Omissions (E&O), Employment, and Insurance Coverage law. For the second year in a row, Thompson Reuters, the global leader in legal publications, has recognized Ms. Green as a 2015 Rising Star in her field. She is a national liaison for the Defense Research Institute Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee. To learn more please call Jessica at 702-382-1500 or email to jgreen@lipsonneilson.com

Joe Garin Named to Nevada’s 2015 Legal Elite List

Joseph Garin high resFor the second year in a row, Joe Garin has been named one of Nevada’s Legal Elite. This list of Nevada’s top attorneys, as chosen by their peers, is published by Nevada Business Magazine and includes only the top 300 attorneys out of the 8,680 active members of the Nevada State Bar Association. Joe is the Managing Partner of the firm’s Las Vegas office.

In addition to being one of Nevada’s Legal Elite, Joe is recognized as a national leader in Professional Liability Law, and Insurance Litigation & Litigation Management. He has defended more than 400 lawyers and law firms in Nevada, Colorado, Michigan and Illinois during his career. He is a featured speaker at continuing education conferences in Nevada and across the USA, and he annually teaches a continuing legal education seminar, State of the Law – Legal Malpractice, in cooperation with various local bar associations.