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Judith Susskind is one of Michigan’s foremost trial attorneys in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury.
For more than 30 years, Judy has successfully handled a variety of medical malpractice cases, obtaining favorable outcomes for individuals and families whose lives were forever changed due to the negligence of doctors, nurses and other health care providers. In 2002, she won a record-breaking three medical malpractice trials in less than 11 weeks, and in 2004 Michigan Lawyers Weekly named Judy "Lawyer of the Year," an honor based on peer recognition for being the "winning-est" lawyer for plaintiffs in the state.
Judy has been included on the list of Michigan Super Lawyers each year since 2006, and Best Lawyers named her "Lawyer of the Year" for medical malpractice in Detroit in 2015 and 2017 respectively. She has also been inducted as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a prestigious national organization whose membership is reserved for lawyers with extensive experience, demonstrated and extraordinary skill, and the highest civility and integrity.
Judy gives back to the legal profession and the community in many ways. She sits on the executive board of the Michigan Association for Justice (previously known as the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association) and served as the organization’s president in 2008 and 2009. In addition to the Macomb County Bar Association, she is also active in the Oakland County Bar Association and the Oakland County Bar Foundation, of which she is a fellow. A member of the State Bar of Michigan, Judy currently serves on the Judicial Qualifications Committee. She chaired the State Bar’s Negligence Law Section in 2003 and 2004. She also serves as a plaintiff specialty panel member for case evaluations in medical practice matters in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County Circuit Courts.
U.S District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Law School: Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1987
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University, B.A., 1983
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
State Bar of Michigan
Negligence Law Section – Chairperson (2003-04)
Insurance & Indemnity Law Section
Master Lawyers Section
Judicial Qualification Committee
Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions
Michigan Association for Justice
Executive Board (2001 to present)
American Association for Justice
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Officer, Michigan Chapter
Macomb County Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
American Inns of Court
Master of the Bench
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Best Lawyers - 2009 to present
Detroit Medical Malpractice "Lawyer of the Year," 2015, 2017
Super Lawyers (Michigan), 2006-present
Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers (2006, 2009-2013, 2018)
Top 25 Women Consumer Michigan Super Lawyers (2013-2015, 2017-2018)
Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" and "Lawyer of the Year," 2004
Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2013-present
Top 10, Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
AV Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell
Sommers Schwartz is a contingency-based litigation firm recognized for who we are, what we do, and how we win – a reputation we’ve built over the past 40 years.
Our lawyers have been recognized nationally in personal injury and medical malpractice, commercial and business law, intellectual property, employment and wage and hour laws, antitrust, and consumer protection. We try serious cases on behalf of people and families, businesses, and municipal entities seeking to enforce their rights.
Sommers Schwartz is a collection of the brightest and the best attorneys in their respective fields. And we work amazingly well together. Because of our vast experience, our unmatched accomplishments, our synergy, size, and resources, we’re known as one of the top law firms in the country. We are the law firm that people and businesses turn to when so much hangs in the balance. Make no mistake, we fight hard and we win.