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Steven M. Gursten - Farmington Hills, MI

30101 Northwestern Highway Farmington Hills, MI 48334- 3229

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Updated: 09/07/2021

Farmington Hills Car Accident Lawyer


As head of Michigan Auto Law, Steven M. Gursten focuses his practice on serious motor vehicle accident injury and wrongful death cases.

Steve has received the top-reported truck accident trial verdict in Michigan over multiple years, the highest reported truck accident settlement over multiple years, and the highest settlement for a motor vehicle accident case of any Michigan attorney in history, according to published reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly...

About Steven M. Gursten

Practice Areas

  • Car Accident
  • Truck Accident
  • Motorcycle Accident Cases


  • 90%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Principal, since 1995


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1995

Other Affiliations

  • Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, 2011 - 2018 (President)
  • Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable (Founding Member)
  • American Association for Justice, 2010 - 2013 (President, Truck Litigation Group)
  • State of Michigan Model Civil Jury Instructions (Subcommittee Member)
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (Board of Governors, Representing State of Michigan)
  • Michigan Association for Justice (Co‐Chair, Automobile Accident No‐Fault Committee)
  • Sarah Jane Brain Project (Advisor, Traumatic Brain Injury Legal Committee)
  • TAOS Injury Lawyers (Member)
  • American Association for Justice, 2018 - 2019 (President, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group)
  • Belli Society, 2019 - 2020 (President)
  • American Association for Justice, 2019 - Present (President, Distracted Driving Litigation Group)


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    Honors: highest academic distinction

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, "Winning Car Accident Cases at Trial", Arizona Association for Justice’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference; Tempe, AZ, 2019
  • Speaker, "Deposing Truck Drivers and Trucking Company Representatives in Injury Cases", Strafford nationwide legal CLE Webinar, 2019
  • Moderator & Speaker, "The Gap in Time/Delay in Diagnosis Defense is Not Fatal", Winning TBI Cases for Adjusters and Juries, Michigan Association for Justice; Novi, MI, 2019
  • Moderator and Speaker, "Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Track", American Association for Justice’s 2019 Annual Convention; San Diego, CA, 2019
  • Speaker, "Exposing Deceptive Medical Experts", New Jersey Association for Justice's Cross-Examination Seminar; New Brunswick, NJ, 2019
  • Speaker, "Changes in Negligence Law and Liens", No-Fault Evening Forum, Michigan Association for Justice; Southfield, MI, 2019
  • Presenter, "Leveraging Demand Letters to Obtain Significant Settlements in Auto Accident Cases", Strafford Webinars national CLE webinar, 2019
  • Course advisor, moderator and speaker, "Rebutting defense attacks in the TBI case", Best of the Best: Mastering the Fundamentals of a TBI case; Las Vegas, NV, 2019
  • Speaker, "Overcoming the Gap in Time/Delay in Diagnosis – These are Not Case Killers/How To Get More Money on the Same Car Wreck Injury Case than Your Competitors", Auto Crash Litigation 6.0 - 360 Advocacy; Las Vegas, NV, 2019
  • Presenter, "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury In Motor Vehicle Crash Cases: How To Identify And Prove This To Adjusters And Juries", Michigan Association for Justice national webinar, 2019
  • Speaker, "Causation and Damages Steps You Must Take During the First 90 Days of the Handling of the Closed Head Injury Case – Remember: Procrastination Will Devour the Case", Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar; Orlando, FL, 2019
  • Speaker, "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases: How to Identify and Prove This to Adjusters and Juries", American Association for Justice webinar, 2019
  • Speaker, "Cross-Examining the Uncooperative Defense Expert", Ohio Association for Justice’s 2018 Winter Convention; Cleveland, OH, 2018
  • Speaker, "Winning Brain Injury Cases", Nevada Justice Association’s 42nd Annual Convention Seminar 2018; San Diego, CA, 2018
  • Speaker, "Negotiating Claims and Settlements", Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys – 2018 Annual Symposium; Nashville, TN, 2018
  • Speaker, "Cross-Examination of Medical and Psychological Experts", 2018 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice; Denver, CO, 2018
  • Speaker, "The Future of Motor Vehicle Litigation", 2018 Annual Convention, American Association for Justice; Denver, CO, 2018
  • Speaker, "Zichichi v. Mull: Strategies to Save Cases if the Auto Threshold Law Changes Again", Michigan Association for Justice’s 73rd Annual Convention; Detroit, MI, 2018
  • Speaker, “Destroying the Defense Expert on Cross-Examination”, Frontiers in Advocacy: Traumatic Brain Injury, Tennessee Association for Justice, 2018
  • Speaker, “Proving and Winning TBI Cases”, Jazz Fest Seminar, American Association for Justice, 2018
  • Speaker, “Winning Auto Accident Cases”, Auto Crash Litigation 5.0 Seminar, 2018
  • Speaker, “Winning Brain Injury Cases”, A Day with Masters of the Plaintiff’s Bar, Kentucky Association for Justice, 2018
  • Speaker, “Becoming the Anti-Fragile Trial Lawyer”, Build to Win Conference, 360 Advocacy, 2018
  • Speaker, “Leveraging Demand Letters to Obtain Significant Settlements in Auto Accident Cases", Strafford National Webinar, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, “Traumatic Brain Injury in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases: How to Identify, Prove and Win at Trial”, 2017
  • Speaker, “Distracted Driving/Legal Issues and Tactics,” , Michigan Association for Justice No-Fault Institute XIV, 2017
  • Speaker, “Maximizing Your Auto Cases,” , Motor Vehicle Collision Litigation Group, American Association for Justice Annual Convention, 2017
  • Speaker, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases:, American Association for Justice Webinar, 2017
  • Speaker, New Frontiers in Damages: How to Increase Case Value, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2017
  • Speaker, Settlement and Negotiation Strategies in Auto Accident Cases, Auto Crash Litigation 3.1 Conference, 360 Advocacy, 2016
  • Speaker, Demo: Closing Argument – Asking for the Money", Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Annual Symposium, 2016
  • Speaker, Protecting your TBI Client from Defense Tactics, Tennessee Association for Justice Music City Symposium, 2016
  • Speaker, Better Settlements for Truck Accident Cases, American Association for Justice 2016 Annual Convention, 2016
  • Speaker, Settlement Tips and Strategies in Truck Accident Cases, How to Win Trucking Cases – Advanced Course by 360 Advocacy Institute, 2015
  • Speaker, The Mild Brain Injury Car Accident Case, Michigan Association for Justice, Seminar, 2015
  • Speaker, “Convincing Adjusters and Juries in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, Kansas Association for Justice, 2014
  • Speaker, “Proving Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Cynical Adjusters and Juries,”, American Association for Justice, 2014
  • Speaker, "Maximizing Damages in Truck Wreck Cases", Michigan Association for Justice, Southfield, 2013
  • Speaker, "Hidden Injuries in the Bus, School Bus and Truck Accident Case", American Association for Justice, San Francisco, 2013
  • Speaker, "How to Win a Truck Accident Case with 5 Truckers on Your Jury", Melvin M. Belli Society, San Francisco, 2013
  • Speaker, "How to Maximize Auto Accident Settlements by Building a 21st Century Personal Injury Law Office", New Jersey Association for Justice, New Jersey, 2013
  • Speaker and Moderator, "Advanced Motor Vehicle Litigation Seminar", Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, Las Vegas, 2012
  • Presenter, "Auto Accident Claims: The Influence of Colossus on Recoveries", Strafford, CLE Webinar, 2012
  • Presenter, "Helping Accident Victims: A Fresh Approach for Injury Lawyers", TAOS Injury Lawyers, Jackson Hole, WY, 2012
  • Moderator, "New Ways to Overcome Jury Bias and Increase Personal Injury Damages", Michigan Association for Justice, Southfield, MI, 2012
  • Speaker, "How to Maximize Damages in Truck Accident Lawsuits", 360 Advocacy Institute, Las Vegas, 2012
  • Speaker, "How to Get the Highest Settlement in Car Accident Cases", American Association for Justice; New Orleans, Louisiana, 2012
  • Speaker, "Increasing Settlements in Auto Accident Tort Practices", Florida Justice Association, Orlando, Florida, 2012
  • Speaker, "Trucking cases and Client Advocacy", National Trial Lawyers, Miami, Florida, 2012
  • Speaker, "How Truck Accidents are Different from Car Accidents - What Lawyers need to know to achieve top truck accident settlements", State Bar of Wisconsin, 2011
  • Speaker, "Exploring the Value of Auto Accident Cases: Novel Ways to Build Damages,", 360 Advocacy Institute - Insurance Settlement Mediation Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2011
  • Speaker, "Traumatic Brain Injury Cases: New Legal Strategies/Tactics", Michigan Association for Justice - No-Fault Institute, Southfield, MI, 2011
  • Speaker, "How to Successfully Lawyer the Big Truck Accident Case,", American Association For Justice Truck Accident Lawyers Litigation Group, New York, NY, 2011
  • Speaker, "Representing Injured Clients and Finding Value in Car Accident Claims,", State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich, 2010
  • Speaker, "Commercial Transportation Rules of the Road", American Association for Justice Interstate Truck Litigation Group; New Orleans, La, 2010
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases: How to Identify and Prove This to Cynical Adjusters and Skeptical Juries, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association Webinar, 2020
  • The TBI Detective: Solving the Mystery of a Successful Brain Injury Case, Utah Association for Justice’s 2020 Brain Injury Conference, 2020


Other Sources of Feedback About Steven M. Gursten

Included on the 2023 Michigan list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Michigan Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Michigan Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Steven M. Gursten on Super Lawyers


  • Lawyer of the Year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers listing
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, American Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rating, highest rating for legal ability and ethics
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers listing
  • Top 50 Lawyers in the State of Michigan, Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers, Crain's Detroit Business
  • Best Lawyer/Best Law Firm, U.S. News & World Report
  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, DBusiness Magazine
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Top 100 Litigation Lawyer, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • America’s Most Honored Lawyers – Top 1% by The American Registry, 2021 - Present
  • Personal Injury Law Firm of the Year in Michigan, Lawyer Network Annual Awards, 2021 - Present

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Office Information


30101 Northwestern Highway Farmington Hills, MI 48334- 3229


  • 248-254-8088 (Fax Number)

Offers Free Initial Consultation


Office Hours

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Representative Cases

  • Norris v. Atsalis Brothers Painting
  • Broeren v. Bates
  • Fini-Ross v. General Motors Corporation
  • Nunez v. Utica Transit Mix and Supply
  • Barnes v. Cassens Transport Company
  • Fairley v. Schiber Truck
  • Estate of Michael Shekoski v. Allied Excavation
  • Lloyd v. First Choice Trucking
  • Clouse v. Hughes

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