Duly Noted

Fershtman contributes to new ABA book

Julie Fershtman, a shareholder with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC and President Elect of the State Bar of Michigan, is a contributing writer to a book titled The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms published by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession.

Fershtman's section of the book describes her experience starting a law firm serving primarily business and insurance company clients as well as her development of a niche practice area of Equine Law. The book, released in July, is available for purchase through the ABA bookstore (www.ababooks.org).

Fershtman focuses her law practice in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, and equine law. A member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1986, she graduated from Emory College in 1983 and Emory Law School in 1986.

Ellis joins Rhoades McKee

Rhoades McKee announces that Patrick B. Ellis has joined the law firm as an associate. He will focus his practice in the areas of medical malpractice and general litigation.

Over the course of his career, he has represented numerous health care professionals and institutions in the defense of complex and high exposure medical malpractice claims. He has handled nursing, psychology, internal medicine, gastroenterology, urology, neurosurgery and birth trauma cases, to name a few. Ellis’ experience also extends to litigation matters, civil rights, commercial, real estate and probate litigation.

Prior to joining Rhoades McKee, Ellis was an associate principal with Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook. He served as a Law Clerk at the offices of William H. Hunter, before he was admitted to the bar.

A Kalamazoo College graduate, Ellis was awarded the Hodge Prize – Philosophy Award. He received his law degree from Chicago – Kent College of Law – Illinois Institute of Technology where he was recognized as a CALI Award Recipient for Secured Transactions.

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