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ABA Publishes Julie Fershtman’s Newest Book on Equine Law

Book CoverFoster Swift shareholder Julie I. Fershtman’s latest book, Equine Law and Horse Sense, has just been published by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Designed for individuals, businesses, and organizations in the horse industry, along with the attorneys who serve them, Fershtman’s latest book provides readers with tools to assess their needs, plan ahead and take precautions to avoid legal conflicts.  This 372-page paperback covers numerous topics relevant to the equine industry, including contracts, liabilities and avoiding them, equine activity liability laws, loose horse liabilities, zoning and land use laws, business structures, risk management, debt collection, sales disputes, insurance and how to avoid disputes with insurers, association liabilities, veterinary malpractice, and numerous others.   

Widely considered to be one of the nation's leading practitioners in equine law, Fershtman has owned and shown several horses.  Her busy practice serves a national clientele on matters that include contract disputes, fraud cases, business disputes, insurance law, and liability.  She has tried equine cases before juries in 4 states and has been specially admitted counsel in 18 jurisdictions nationwide.  A past president of the 42,000-member State Bar of Michigan and current member of the ABA House of Delegates, Fershtman is listed in The Best Lawyers in AmericaMichigan Lawyers Weekly honored her as the “Woman of the Year” in Michigan’s legal profession in 2016, and she received the ABA-TIPS Section’s “Excellence in the Advancement in Animal Law” award in 2017.

Fershtman’s speaking engagements span 29 states on topics of law, liability, contracts, and risk management, including at some of the equine industry’s largest conventions.

Equine Law and Horse Sense is Fershtman’s fourth book.  In addition, she has contributed chapters to four other books published by the ABA.  Fershtman is also the primary contributor to Foster Swift’s Equine Law Blog, equinelawblog.com.  

For more information on Fershtman’s new book, Equine Law and Horse Sense, or to place an order, please contact ABA Publishing at the following link: http://bit.ly/2obngBd

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Julie Fershtman, author of our popular and prolific Equine Law Blog, was interviewed by the State Bar of Michigan. The interview, which called Fershtman "Lawyer-Blogger," discussed our Equine Law Blog. We truly believe that this blog is the nation's most active blog serving the equine industry on equine law topics, and we thank you for visiting it. Read more here.

Julie Fershtman’s Recent and Upcoming Equine Law Speaking Engagements Include:

National Conference on Equine Law in Louisville, Kentucky on April 29, 2020. Topic will be on Waivers/Releases of Liability Involving Minor Participants. 

U.S. Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado on December 10, 2019. Topic will be on Equine Liability. 

IRMI Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference (“AgriCon”) in Sacramento, CA (April 2019), and Richmond, VA (June 2019) and in Des Moines, IA (September 2019), on topics of “Equine Activity Liability Acts” and “Equine Mortality Insurance Disputes.”

National Conference on Equine Law in May 2019 in Lexington, KY, on the topic of “Equine Activity Liability Act Updates” and liabilities involving hosting of equine clinics. 

Agricultural Claims Conference in Kansas City, MO, in March 2019 on topics of “Loose Livestock Liabilities.”

2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, on “Equine Mortality Coverage and Disputes.”

November 2018, American Horse Council webinar on “Equine Liability.”

Honors & Recognitions

Equine lawyer, Julie Fershtman, has received these prestigious equine industry awards from respected equine organizations:

"Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" - American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Law Section Animal Law Committee

"Distinguished Service Award" - American Youth Horse Council

"Industry Service Award" - Michigan Equine Partnership

"Catalyst Award"- Michigan Horse Council

"Outstanding Achievement Award" - American Riding Instructors Association 

"Partner in Safety Award" - American Riding Instructors Association 

"Associate Service Award" - United Professional Horseman's Association

"National Partnership in Safety" Award" - Certified Horsemanship Association 

What our Equine Law Services can Provide

Handling breach of contract, fraud/ misrepresentation, commercial code, and other claims involving equine-related transactions including purchases/sales, leases, mare leases/foal transfers, and partnerships.

Litigating disputes in court or through alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation, facilitation).

Defending equine/farm/equestrian industry professionals,  businesses, and associations in personal injury claims and lawsuits.

Drafting and negotiating contracts for boarding, training, sales, waivers/releases, leases, and numerous other equine-related transactions.

Representing and advising insurers on  coverage and policy language as well as litigation;

Advising equine industry clubs and associations regarding management, rules, bylaws, disputes, and regulations.

Representing some of the equine industry's top trainers, competitors, stables, and associations.

Counseling industry professionals, stable managers, and individual horse owners. 


Did you know Julie Fershtman has spoken at the American Horse Council Annual Meeting, Equine Affaire, Midwest Horse Fair, Equitana USA, US Dressage Federation Annual Meeting, North American Riding for the Handicapped (now PATH International) Annual Meeting, American Morgan Horse Association Annual Meeting, American Paint Horse Association Annual Meeting, US Pony Clubs, Inc.'s Annual Meeting, All-American Quarter Horse Congress, American Youth Horse Council Annual Meeting, American Riding Instructors Association Annual Meeting, CHA Annual Meeting, and numerous others? Consider signing her up for your convention. Contact Julie.

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