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 - 2018
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 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and a Past Chair of the American Association (AAJ) for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group.  Steve is also the chair-elect of the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for 2017.  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 of the largest truck accident settlements in Michigan history, as well four other top-reported trial verdicts in previous years.

Steve is also listed in Best Lawyers in America annually since 2008 and was recognized by Best Lawyers as a Lawyer of the Year – the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and region. 

He's also been voted a “Best of the Best” Top 50 Lawyer in the state of Michigan by Super Lawyers, among only 10 lawyers in the field of personal injury litigation. 


White Papers

  • 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.

  • Safestat/CSA 2010 Truck Accident Litigation (2009) - In an effort to raise awareness on dangerous truck companies in America, an easy, step-by-step guide has been developed to allow drivers, truck accident victims and truck accident attorneys identify unsafe motor carriers. Both drivers and truck accident victims now have an online resource where they can find detailed information on truck companies, accidents and truck drivers.

  • 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.

  • About Steven Gursten

    Admitted: 1995, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2017
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2017
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2015
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2016
    • Lawyer of the Year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell
    • Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, American Trial Lawyers Association
    • AV-Rated Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit, DBusiness Magazine
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers peer review publication

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association
    • Michigan Association for Justice Automobile No-Fault Committee, member
    • American Association for Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Group, member
    • Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, Board of Governors representing State of Michigan
    • Michigan Association for Justice, executive board member
    • American Association for Justice Interstate Truck Litigation Group, immediate past president

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Locating and Effectively Dealing with Experts on Direct and Cross Examination in First and Third-Party Litigation, Speaker, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education, 2008
    • Maximizing Personal Injury Damages in Trucking Accident Cases, Speaker, Association Of Interstate Trucking Lawyers Of America, 2008
    • Moderator & Speaker, Teaching Lawyers How to Handle Truck Accident Cases, American Association For Justice Interstate Truck Litigation Group, 2008
    • January 2009 Forum, Moderator, Kreiner Update Evening Forum, Michigan Association For Justice
    • Author, Handling Automobile Accident Cases, Michigan Lawyers Manual, published by West Publications.


    • John Doe v. 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
    • Jane Doe v. confidential: $1.15 million settlement - Mild traumatic brain injury, contested liability automobile accident., 2008
    • 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
    • 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
    • Heintz v. Shell: $1 million settlement - For serious injuries from truck accident., 2007
    • Quednau v. Everest Inc.: $1.25 million settlement - Fractured leg injury requiring surgery., 2007
    • Sterbyci v. Moe's Transport Trucking: $1.25 million settlement - Truck accident with contested liability, traumatic brain injury and soft-tissue physical injuries., 2007
    • Estate of Michael Brown: $1.4 million settlement - Wrongful death car accident settled pre-suit with defense claim of comparative negligence., 2007
    • Schenkel v. DeGrazia and Kubik: $1.5 million settlement -  Loss of eye following motor vehicle accident., 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. Atlas Copco Tools, Inc.: $1.8 million settlement - For brain injury and various orthopedic injuries and surgeries to husband and wife., 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
    • McDowell v. Ford Motor Co.: $1.275 million settlement - For traumatic brain injury in contested liability truck accident., 2006
    • John Doe v. confidential: $2.5 million settlement - For traumatic brain injury and back and neck surgeries., 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
    • Estate of John Doe v. Confidential, $6.2 million settlement - Out of State Trucking Death Case


    • A chat with trial attorney Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law, 2016
    • An introduction to Michigan Auto Law , Welcome to Michigan Auto Law, 2011
    • Michigan Auto Law client testimonial of Heather, a car accident victim from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who broke her neck and back. She discusses her law firm, Michigan Auto Law, and her lawyer, Steve Gursten; and how their warmth and expertise ensured the best possible outcome for her case and personal injuries. Michigan Auto Law is the largest law firm in the state specializing in car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents for more than 50 years and three generations., Car Accident Victim Testimonial for Michigan Car Accident Lawyer Steve Gursten
    • 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 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
    • 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
    • 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


    • 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

    Industry Groups

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

    30101 Northwestern Highway
    Farmington Hills, MI 48334


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    Last Updated: 5/18/2018

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