Julie I. Fershtman Sworn in as SBM President


Julie I. Fershtman, of Farmington Hills, has been sworn in as the 77th president of the State Bar of Michigan. She is the fifth woman to lead the Bar.

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr., officiated at the Sept. 15 ceremony. The swearing-in took place in conjunction with the SBM Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.

Ms. Fershtman is a shareholder with Foster Swift Collins and Smith, PC, in Farmington Hills, where she practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense and coverage, and equine law, for which she is nationally known.

Also sworn in as officers for 2011-2012 were President-Elect Bruce A. Courtade, of Grand Rapids; Vice-President Brian D. Einhorn, of Southfield; Secretary Thomas C. Rombach, of New Baltimore; and Treasurer Lori A. Buiteweg, of Ann Arbor.

Ms. Fershtman will lead an organization of over 41,500 members that works to improve the administration of justice, promotes the legal profession, and builds public understanding of our legal system. Ms. Fershtman has been involved in State Bar work for over two decades and has served on many of its committees and groups. She was chair of the State Bar Representative Assembly in 2001-2002, and chair of the Young Lawyers Section from 1995-1996. She served her first term on the State Bar Board of Commissioners in 1994.

She is also active in the American Bar Association, where she is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and a vice-chair of a committee of the Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section. Ms. Fershtman is a trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and a fellow of the American, Michigan, and Oakland County Bar Foundations.

Ms. Fershtman is a frequent writer and speaker, and authored over 200 published articles and three books—the ABA published the third in 2009.She also lectures frequently on topics such as liability, insurance, and risk management at seminars and conferences nationwide.

A 1983 graduate of Emory College and 1986 graduate of Emory Law School, she is married to Robert Bick, who is also an attorney. They have one daughter, Kathryn, and reside in Franklin.