Steven Gursten

Steven Gursten

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Farmington Hills, MI

Michigan Auto Law
 | 30101 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: 248-308-5390
Fax: 248-353-4504
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

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

Steve frequently lectures at legal seminars throughout the country on trial advocacy, trucking litigation, and traumatic brain injury cases.  He is the annual moderator and speaker at the “Advanced Motor Vehicle Litigation Seminar,” offered through 360 Advocacy.

He is the current President of the American Association (AAJ) for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.  Steve is also Past-President of both the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group.  In addition, he serves on the executive boards of the Melvin M. Belli Society and represents the state of Michigan in the Taos Trial Lawyers Society, an invitation-only group of distinguished trial attorneys from around the country.

Steve has recovered the top-reported jury verdict for a car or truck accident in Michigan for multiple years, according to published reports. He's also recovered the top-reported settlements for car or truck accidents for multiple years, including a $34 million truck accident settlement in 2014 with Ohio co-counsel. 

In this capacity, Steve was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year," after recovering one of the largest truck accident settlements in Michigan history, as well four other top-reported trial verdicts in previous years.  He also was the recipient of the Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" award in Michigan.    

Steve has also been recognized on the Best Lawyers in America list for ten years.

White Papers

  • Guide To Michigan No Fault Law (2018) - How to Get Care and Compensation from Your Insurance Company

  • How to Repair Your Car Damage (2017) - In this helpful guide, you will discover simple steps on how to repair your car damage after an accident using Michigan’s Mini Tort law. We’ll show you how to get your Mini Tort claim paid and what you can do about car damage that is not covered. This book also covers what happens if it’s you who caused the vehicle damage, and how Mini Tort works for motorcycle accidents.

  • Attorneys’ Guide to the Best Auto Insurance Companies (2017) - This guide includes our attorneys’ picks of the best auto insurance company, and tips on how to choose the insurance company that’s right for you and your family. We’ve also listed our picks for the worst auto insurance companies, with examples of how each of these companies have mistreated accident victims and consumers.

  • Understanding Kreiner v. Fischer (2009) - This article breaks down the 64-page Michigan Supreme Court decision Kreiner v. Fischer to help Michigan personal injury attorneys understand the tremendous impact Kreiner has had on automobile negligence cases. Three requirements are explained that anyone who has been injured in a car accident in Michigan must meet to make a case. Additional legal resources are also provided.

  • Common Myths About Auto Accident Injury Lawsuits (2010) - Whether it's a relative or friend's past experiences, media exposure or general assumptions about lawsuits, no one can predict the outcome of an auto accident case. This unique area of law indicates that predicting the outcome of an auto accident case is impractical as auto accident attorney Steven Gursten explains some of the common myths associated with these types of injury cases.

  • About Steven Gursten

    Admitted: 1995, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Recognizes authors for their visibility and thought leadership , Readers’ Choice Award - Top Author, JD Supra, 2019
    • Authors who achieved the highest visibility and engagement for their particular expertise during the year

      , Readers’ Choice Award - Top Author, J.D. Supra, 2018
    • Best Lawyers award

      , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2018
    • Ongoing commitment to delivering excellent client service

      , Silver Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
    • Award, Top 100 Trial Lawyer, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
    • Client Champion

      , AV-Rated Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2017
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2017
    • Best Lawyers award

      , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2016
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2015
    • Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit, DBusiness Magazine
    • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell
    • Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    • Lawyer of the Year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers peer review publication

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President - American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Group

      , 2018
    • Past President - American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group

      , 2017
    • Past President of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
    • Michigan Association for Justice Automobile No-Fault Committee, member
    • Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, Board of Governors representing State of Michigan
    • Michigan Association for Justice, executive board member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Steven donates dozens of hours in legal pro-bono work by helping families of people killed in car and truck accidents with only minimum policy limits.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Las Vegas, NV, 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, 2019
    • Las Vegas, NV, Course advisor, moderator and speaker, Rebutting defense attacks in the TBI case, Best of the Best: Mastering the Fundamentals of a TBI case, 2019
    • National webinar Feb, 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
    • Orlando, FL, 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, 2019
    • Members Only Seminar, Moderator, President - Welcome, Introductions & Announcements, American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group , 2018
    • 2018 Winter Convention; Cleveland

      , Speaker, Cross-Examining the Uncooperative Defense Expert, Ohio Association for Justice, 2018
    • Jackson Hole, WY

      , Speaker, Becoming the Anti-Fragile Trial Lawyer, Build to Win Conference, 360 Advocacy, 2018
    • Louisville

      , Speaker, Winning Injury and Car Accident Cases at Trial, A Day with Masters of the Plaintiffs Bar - Kentucky Justice Association, 2018
    • Las Vegas

      , Speaker, Proving and Winning TBI in Auto Crash Cases, Auto Crash Litigation 5.0 - 360 Advocacy, 2018
    • 42nd Annual Convention Seminar, San Diego

      , Speaker, Winning Brain Injury Cases, Nevada Justice Association, 2018
    • 2018 Annual Symposium; Nashville

      , Speaker, Negotiating Claims and Settlements, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, 2018
    • 2018 Annual Convention, Denver

      , Speaker, Cross-Examination of Medical and Psychological Experts, American Association for Justice , 2018
    • 2018 Annual Convention

      , Speaker, The Future of Motor Vehicle Litigation, American Association for Justice , 2018
    • 73rd Annual Convention, Detroit

      , Speaker, Strategies to Save Cases if the Auto Threshold Law Changes Again, Michigan Association for Justice, 2018
    • Online, June 2018

      , Speaker, Deposing Truck Drivers and Trucking Company Representatives, Strafford nationwide legal CLE webina, 2018
    • Jazz Fest legal seminar

      , Speaker, Winning traffic collision cases involving autos, trucks and motorcycles, American Association for Justice , 2018
    • Legal Latitudes

      , Speaker, How to conduct an effective cross examination of an expert witness in an auto TBI case, Frontiers in Advocacy: Traumatic Brain Injury, 2018
    • Author, Handling Automobile Accident Cases, Michigan Lawyers Manual, published by West Publications.
    • January 2009 Forum, Moderator, Kreiner Update Evening Forum, Michigan Association For Justice


    • $3.5 million Truck Accident Settlement - tire off case causing significant brain injury

      , 2018
    • Confidential - $7 million settlement, Oakland County car accident, on $3.5 million case evaluation.  Included $3 million over insurance policy limits.  , 2015
    • $34 million truck accident settlement with Ohio co-counsel. , 2014
    • Modzelewski-Shekoski, et al. v. Allied Excavation Inc., et al - Verdict $2.55 million, 2012
    • Fairly v. Schiber Truck Company, Jackson County, Michigan $3.5 million jury verdict for pain and suffering damages from truck accident injuries, 2010
    • Sterbyci v. Moe's Transport Trucking: $1.25 million settlement - Truck accident with contested liability, traumatic brain injury and soft-tissue physical injuries., 2007
    • John Doe v. confidential $2.2 million settlement - Wrongful-death truck accident with contested liability and defense that plaintiff's negligence caused crash., 2007
    • John Doe v. confidential: $2.5 million settlement - For traumatic brain injury and back and neck surgeries., 2006
    • Gilmore v. Secrest: $1.1 million settlement - Damages for shoulder and back injuries suffered by plaintiff in a collision with a semi-trailer truck. Defendant had only offered $100,000 up to and including first day of trial., 2006
    • Barnes, Carl and Tai v. Cassens Transport Company: $3.6 million arbitration award - From Wayne County Circuit Court for traumatic brain injury and related surgeries. Initial defense offer was $250,000.Three plaintiffs suffered mild traumatic brain injury and back, shoulder, elbow and carpal tunnel surgeries from truck accident. Defendant alleged that as there was very low vehicle damage, injuries had no causal relationship to accident., 2008
    • Jane Doe v. confidential: $1.15 million settlement - Mild traumatic brain injury, contested liability automobile accident., 2008
    • Estate of Michael Brown: $1.4 million settlement - Wrongful death car accident settled pre-suit with defense claim of comparative negligence., 2007
    • Heintz v. Shell: $1 million settlement - For serious injuries from truck accident., 2007
    • McDowell v. Ford Motor Co.: $1.275 million settlement - For traumatic brain injury in contested liability truck accident., 2006
    • Broeren and Broeren v. Bates: $5.65 million jury verdict - In Macomb County Circuit Court was one of the area's largest awards ever for an automobile accident lawsuit involving a pedestrian who was run over by a friend's pickup truck. Injuries sustained included traumatic brain injury, neck, back and shoulder injuries., 2008
    • Estate of John Doe v. Confidential, $6.2 million settlement - Out of State Trucking Death Case
    • Schenkel v. DeGrazia and Kubik: $1.5 million settlement -  Loss of eye following motor vehicle accident., 2007
    • Quednau v. Everest Inc.: $1.25 million settlement - Fractured leg injury requiring surgery., 2007
    • John Doe v. Atlas Copco Tools, Inc.: $1.8 million settlement - For brain injury and various orthopedic injuries and surgeries to husband and wife., 2006
    • Norris v. Atsalis Brothers Painting Company: $9 million settlement - The largest pain and suffering settlement in Michigan in the preceeding decade. The case involved a negligent trucker who was speeding and fumbling with his cell phone when he rear-ended the plantiff's Saturn, splitting it in half, causing plaintiff to lose both legs., 2005


    • , Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer Reviews From W. J. Rideout III | Michigan Auto Law, 2019
    • Steve Gursten, truck accident attorney and partner of Michigan Auto Law, discusses the reason Michigan has so many truck accidents: The state does not allow for punitive damages. Punitive damages are are additional monies awarded to a plaintiff by a court, punishing a defendant that acted with recklessness, malice or deceit. Because Michigan does not have punitives, trucking companies that knowingly hire unqualified, careless truck drivers who commit safety violations that cause truck crashes, will not be punished. And the most dangerous truckers will continue to come to Michigan to find work, as they cannot legally work in states that have punitive damages and stricter trucking laws., Why So Many Truck Accidents in Michigan? No Punitive Damages
    • A chat with trial attorney Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law, 2016
    • Michigan Wrongful Death Auto Accident Case.  This mother of an accident victim discusses how the auto accident attorneys of Michigan Auto Law helped her family following their tragedy., Client Testimonial - Wrongful Death Case
    • Steven M. Gursten, truck accident attorney and partner of Michigan Auto Law, discusses the phases of a truck accident lawsuit to help other attorneys handling truck accident cases. He stresses that settling with an insurance company before a lawsuit doesnt work in a truck accident case; and that one of the most critical things lawyers need to win is to show that the truck was defective and never should have been on the road. This can be done in the investigation, by obtaining valuable inspection reports and documents from a trucking company very quickly before they are legally destroyed., How to Find All Insurance and Defendants in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
    • Steve Gursten, truck accident lawyer and Michigan Auto Law partner, discusses the importance of hiring an expert truck accident lawyer following a truck crash that causes personal injury or wrongful death. He also gives tips to do so, such as research the number of truck accident cases the attorney has litigated, check into peer review ratings and ask about his or her team of truck crash experts., How to Find the Right Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer


    • Cutting-edge legal insights and commentary on Michigan Auto Accident and No-Fault Law., Auto Lawyer Blog

    Educational Background:

    • Fordham Univeristy School of Law, 1995
    • University of Michigan, 1992

    Industry Groups

    • Car Accidents
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Truck And Motorcycle Accidents
    • Wrongful Death
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    Office Location for Steven Gursten

    30101 Northwestern Highway
    Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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    Last Updated: 10/7/2019

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