SOUTHFIELD — Collins Einhorn Farrell PC, has named five attorneys as partners in the firm. They are: Geoffrey M. Brown, Trent B. Collier, Katherine A. Crowley, Melissa E. Graves and Julie E. Nichols.
Brown will be a partner in the firm’s appellate group, focusing his practice primarily on defense of medical malpractice and legal malpractice cases at the appellate level and at the summary judgment/disposition stage. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Appellate Practice Section and Insurance and Indemnity Law Section, and the Oakland County Bar Association. Brown has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Top Lawyers 2012 and 2013 issues of DBusiness for his work in appellate law. He is the information officer and past president for the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Northville.
Collier is also a partner in the firm’s appellate group. His practice focuses on civil appeals, professional-liability defense, and commercial litigation. Collier is a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan’s Appellate Practice Section. He is also a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan’s Appellate Practice Section, and the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects. Previously, Collier served as a judicial clerk for Hon. Robert P. Young Jr. on the Michigan Supreme Court.
Crowley is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized mass-tort defense group. Her practice centers on the defense of asbestos personal-injury cases, as well as other toxic tort matters. Crowley is a member of the American Bar Association, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the American Defense Trial Counsel, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute.
Graves is a partner in the professional liability and general liability groups within the firm. She focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability claims and has represented attorneys, real estate agents, insurance agents, and health care professionals. Graves is also involved in the defense of judicial disciplinary matters. In the general liability arena, she defends claims arising out of auto and trucking accidents. She is a past president of the Oakland County Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association. She was also selected by her peers for inclusion in the Top Lawyers 2012 issue of DBusiness for her work in legal malpractice law.
Nichols is a partner in the insurance coverage group within the firm. Her practice focuses on a broad range of general liability, construction, automobile, homeowners, professional liability, umbrella/excess, and other specialty coverage matters. Nichol’s practice also has included a wide variety of civil matters, including premises liability, the Michigan No-Fault Act, employment defense, and general negligence cases.