Insurance Coverage and Litigation



For more than 75 years, the insurance coverage and litigation attorneys at Smith Haughey have offered a full range of services needed to assist clients with their insurance-related needs. Our clients have included individuals, business owners, manufacturers, corporations, motorists, governmental entities, accountants, attorneys, engineers, and others. We have successfully represented these clients in connection with general insurance issues and coverage claims, as well as liability lawsuits and appeals. We have successfully provided such services in a wide variety of contexts, from coverage review and analysis to litigation and liability defense.

Corporations and individuals look to us for advice on policy and coverage requirements. We help them evaluate coverage options, advise them on the adequacy of their risk management measures, and determine whether specific exposures are covered by insurance. We recognize the financial impact of litigation on our clients, so we focus on resolving coverage disputes as early as possible, on the most advantageous terms possible – but when necessary, we bring a long history of successful trial experience to bear in court.

Notably, our firm was recommended by Benchmark Litigation for having one of the leading insurance litigation practices in Michigan, and two of our insurance litigation attorneys – Jack Oostema and Patrick Geary – have been recognized as “litigation stars” in the state of Michigan.

In addition to defending claims against insureds, we have represented many insurance carriers in assessing and resolving a wide range of insurance coverage questions. Our attorneys offer specialized legal counsel and litigation experience in

  • First-party no-fault claims
  • Insurance coverage analysis
  • Examinations under oath
  • Declaratory judgment actions
  • Fraudulent insurance claims
  • Presenting and defending selected subrogation actions