Stephen B. Goethel

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Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Ann Arbor, MI

Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC
 | 3049 Miller, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-769-6838
Fax: 734-769-7935
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
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    “Virtually every client we represent has been through a devastating ordeal as a result of terrible medical care.  Many have lost a spouse, immediate family member or loved one.  Usually, without exception, the medical system has totally failed them -- or failed to listen to them.  One of the true rewards of the work we do is being there for the client, hearing their concerns and getting answers to the question why things went so wrong; all designed to help them put their lives back together as best possible.”  Steve Goethel

    Mr. Goethel is a partner at the highly-respected Ann Arbor, Michigan, law firm of Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC and the Center for Medical Truth and Justice. He has been litigating medical malpractice and personal injury cases for over 30 years.  He has numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts holding negligent doctors, hospitals and health care providers accountable for injuries caused to victims of malpractice. He recently just secured a $17 million Medical Malpractice verdict for their client.

    Mr. Goethel has been named repeatedly to Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms in America and Super Lawyers. He is listed among Michigan's top lawyers by Crain's Detroit Business Magazine. He holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating available for both legal ability and legal ethics, a rating he has held for over 15 years. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He takes pride representing the interests of the underprivileged and common individual against the large, corporate interests in health care and insurance industry.

    Steve earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. He then worked as a judicial clerk in the Oakland County Circuit Court while attending law school at night. It was while working as a judicial clerk that he gained his passion for medical malpractice cases. Far and away the most gripping trials were medical negligence, or medical malpractice cases. The effect on victims was profound, the medicine interesting and trial dynamics fascinating. The lawyers trying these cases were among the best in the business.

    Mr. Goethel graduated with his doctorate of law in 1979 and joined the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. After working there for a year, he left to join Carlin, Rano & Goethel where he began to focus on protecting the rights of the victims of negligence. In 1983 Mr. Goethel joined O’Brien, Moran and Stein, a pre-eminent group of nationally known trial lawyers that gave him the ability to concentrate on protecting the rights of medical malpractice victims.

    Since 1983 Steve has handled hundreds of malpractice cases in virtually all areas of medicine from neuro-surgery to birth trauma; from misdiagnosis to wrongful death. He has achieved multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Michigan and across the country.

    He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Association for Justice as well as the Michigan Association for Justice where he has served as a member of the Executive Board.  He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School teaching Medical Malpractice Law. 

    *AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice


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    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020

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    About Stephen Goethel

    Admitted: 1979, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Michigan Association for Justice (2011), Pace Setter
    • (highest level of professional excellence, (2000 – Present), AV rating Martindale Hubble
    • New York Times, Top Attorneys in Michigan
    • (Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury) (2011 - Present), D Business Top Lawyer
    • National Trial Lawyers Association (2013-2019), Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
    • US News & World Report 2014-2019, Best Law Firms
    • Best Lawyers in America
    • Medical Malpractice, Plaintiff (2010 – Present), Super Lawyers
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2018
    • "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubble, the Highest Rating Available for both Legal Ability and Legal Ethics

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, State Bar of Michigan
    • Michigan, 1979
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1983
    • Member Michigan Association for Justice
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1979
    • Member, American Association for Justice
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1979

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • The Michigan Court of Claims Battle, Journal of the Michigan Assn. for Justice, Vol XLV, No. 3 (January, 2014)
    • Peer Review: Not An Iron Curtain, Michigan Assoc. for Justice (2010)
    • Immunity for Some is Justice For None, State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section (2011)
    • Chiropractic Malpractice Course Book, West (Thomson Reuters) and National Business Institute (2012)
    • Negligence Lawyer? There's an app for that. The proliferation and suitability of Apple's iPad in litigation practice, State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Law Section (2013)


    • Surgical/hospital negligence:  Bowel perforated during hysterectomy; patient deteriorates over three days develops respiratory failure, septic shock, and coma; multiple surgeries; permanent disability. Jury verdict $3,650,000.00Sexual Assaults by Social Worker:  Brain injured patients sexually assaulted during treatment in traumatic brain injury program by social worker.Settlements $6,400,000.00 Surgical error; medication error: Failure to provide antibiotics after bowel nicked during surgery leads to necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) coma, profound disfigurement.Settlement $1,200,000.00 Birth Trauma: Failure to properly monitor labor by doctor and nurses leads to birth asphyxia and cerebral palsy.Settlement $1,900,000.00  Negligent diagnosis: Failure to diagnose blood clots in legs (DVT) in hospitalized leads to pulmonary embolus and death.Settlement $1,200,000.00 Delayed diagnosis of cancer: Doctors fail to recognize significance of ongoing sore throat leads to delay in diagnosis of throat cancer.Settlement: $850,000.00 Pediatric Negligence: Failure to properly assess toddler with fevers and seizures leads to permanent brain injury and disability. Settled with payments exceeding $2,000,000.00  Surgical Negligence: Surgeon lies regarding experience performing new surgical technique and botches low back surgery. Jury verdict $502,000.00  Hospital negligence:  Failure to diagnose highly treatable non-hodgkins lymphoma leads results in death of 59 year old woman. Jury verdict $650,000.00  Medication error: leads to highly aggravated seizure disorder, diminished blood counts requiring weekly blood transfusions. Settlement $1,000,000.00  Automobile/Truck Negligence: Beer truck pulls in front of family causing multiple injuries to father. Settlement $1,000,000.00  Negligence in performing angioplasty: Rupture of artery during simple outpatient procedure leads to undiagnosed bleeding and death. Settlement $625,000.00  Failure to assess hereditary cancer syndrome leads to delayed diagnosis of ovarian cancer and death.Jury verdict $750,000.00  Automobile Negligence: Truck crosses center-line hitting mother and 3 year old causing multiple crush injuries. Settlement $500,000.00  Surgical Negligence: Surgeon fails to repair cerebral spinal fluid leak leading to permanent nerve damage. Settlement $505,000.  Surgical Negligence: Cardiovascular Surgeon fails to remove blood clot, causes major vascular injury leading to amputation of leg, spinal cord injury and paralysis.  Verdict $17,000,000.  

    Educational Background:

    • Michigan State University College of Law, 1979
    • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America, B.A. in Businees, 1975
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    Office Location for Stephen B. Goethel

    3049 Miller
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103

    Phone: 734-769-6838

    Fax: 734-769-7935

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