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Laurie Strong

"A physician into whose life litigation comes is like a patient with an acute, unpleasant, yet survivable disease."

Doctors and the Law, by Zobel and Rous

Key Service Areas

  • Defense of Physicians and Professionals
  • Insurance Defense

616.233.5107

legal assistant - Debra Remien

About Laurie

How do you help businesses and individuals?

Unfortunately, malpractice claims are an increasingly frequent reality for physicians. When physicians find themselves ensnared in litigation, it is my duty to employ all pertinent law to absolve them of liability. However, litigation is a profoundly human and not just a legal experience. A lawsuit can be a frightening, foreign and confusing event for physicians who stand accused of causing harm to patients they've spent a lifetime and career protecting. I embrace sharing this emotional journey with my physicians.

What is the most important advice that you have given a client?

Humbly have confidence in yourself. You are well trained, educated and experienced. Just because a patient suffers a complication and injury does not mean that you or anyone else has done something wrong or are otherwise at fault.

What case did you find the most rewarding to work on?

Every case I have worked on is unique. While there may be similarities in the applicable law, each case has a unique set of facts and a unique set of witnesses. I am privileged to participate in the defense of health care professionals and have met many wonderful people as a result.

Education

Wayne State University School of Law, J.D., 1982

University of Michigan, Bachelor's Degree with Distinction in Political Science and Economics, 1979

Q: What is the most important ingredient to making a positive legal experience?

A:

Careful preparation. It is extremely important for the physician and his/her attorney to be prepared. This ensures that they provide accurate responses and that the facts and defense strategy are advanced. Preparation and knowledge of the process are also key factors in diminishing anxiety.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Defense Bar

National Defense Research Institute

Bar Admission

Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan