Joel Alpert

Educational Background


1969 - 1970

Michigan State University
 

1970 - 1973

Wayne State University
Received Bachelor of Arts Degree
 

1973 - 1976

Detroit College of Law
Received Juris Doctor Degree
 

1977 - Present

Continuing Legal Education
Studies in the area of Civil Litigation and Procedure, Workers' Disability Compensation, Negligence, Michigan No-Fault Insurance Law, Litigation Strategies, Depositions

 

Professional Affiliations


1974 - 1976

Lopatin, Miller, Bindes & Freedman
Detroit, Michigan
Position Held: Law Clerk
Duties included preparation of cases for trial, research and writing of appellate briefs, client contact, and assisting attorneys in Court.
 

1977-1985

Lopatin, Miller, Bindes & Freedman
Detroit, Michigan
Position Held: Associate Attorney Specializing in Workers' Disability Compensation and Social Security Disability Law.
Duties included trial preparation, trials and appellate practice.
 

1985 - Present

Law Offices of Alpert & Alpert
Southfield, Michigan
Position Held: Owner and Principle Attorney
Duties include trial preparation, trials and appellate practice, organizing and controlling a law office with one full time attorney, several Of Counsel attorneys, and several paralegals, clerks and secretaries. Responsible for all aspects of the practice from administrative functions through and including engaging in all aspects of civil litigation.

Practice has included workers' compensation, general negligence, motor vehicle negligence, first party no-fault practice, counseling of disabled individuals, Social Security Disability law, trial and appellate practice, investigation and preparation of products liability and professional negligence cases, corporate employment affairs counseling, and commercial and residential real estate. Most recently practice has been limited exclusively to representing claimants in workers' compensation proceedings.

 

Career Achievements

  • “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell, 1999 to present
  • Participated in appeals, including oral arguments, before the Supreme Court of the State of Michigan, Court of Appeals of the State of Michigan, Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, Workers' Compensation Appellate Commission, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Participated in excess of 300 trials in Circuit and District Courts, at the Bureau of Workers' Disability Compensation, Worker’s Compensation Agency, Social Security Administration Office of Hearings & Appeals, and various other forums.
  • Participated in alternative dispute resolution, including binding arbitration as a litigant, court appointed mediator, arbitrator, and in facilitations.

2000

  • Co-moderator "Vocational Rehabilitation in Michigan Workers' Compensation -- Plowshare or Sword" Seminar, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, January, 2000.

2001

  • Co-moderator “This is Not Your Father’s Workers’ Comp Practice” Seminar, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, January, 2001.
  • Speaker, “Workers’ Compensation Update” Seminar, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, February, 2001
  • Judge, National Trial Advocacy Competition, Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law, October, 2001.
  • Appointed to Michigan Trial Lawyers Listserve Committee, 2001

2002

  • Appointed to Workers’ Disability Compensation/Medicare Task Force Committee by Director of Bureau of Workers’ Disability Compensation, 2002
  • Co-moderator “Aggravation in Workers’ Compensation” Seminar, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, January, 2002.
  • Elected unanimously to the State Bar of Michigan, Workers’ Disability Compensation Section Council, September, 2002.
  • Speaker “Depositions Seminar”, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, October, 2002

2003

  • Co-moderator “Surviving Sington” Seminar held jointly between the Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Sections of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, January, 2003.
  • Member State Bar of Michigan, Workers’ Disability Compensation Council, 2003.
  • Appointed as a case evaluator, Oakland County Circuit Court.

2004

  • Co-moderator “Comp Flambé: Rakestrawed Over the Coals” Seminar held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation and Social Security Sections of the Michigan Trial Lawyer’s Association, January, 2004.
  • Member State Bar of Michigan, Workers’ Disability Compensation Council, 2004.

2005

  • Co-moderator “Lien on Me” Seminar held jointly between the Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Sections of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, January, 2005.
  • Speaker, “Comp College 05", Workers’ Compensation Agency, Department of Labor and Economic Growth, State of Michigan, “Great Case Debate III: Macomber, Goldstein, and Rule 222 Where Do We Go from Here? Do we now have discovery in Michigan Workers’ Compensation?” Presented to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates, Workers’ Compensation Appellate Commission, Director of the Workers’ Compensation Agency, and Workers’ Compensation Administration personnel.
  • Appointed to Michigan Trial Lawyers Legislative Committee, April, 2005.
  • Appointed to Michigan Trial Lawyers Amicus Committee, April, 2005
  • Speaker, “Worker’s Comp 101", Michigan Trial Lawyer’s Rapid Fire Seminar, May, 2005.
  • Reelected unanimously to the State Bar of Michigan, Workers’ Disability Compensation Section Council, 2005.

2006

  • Co-moderator “Triskacompaphobia” Seminar held jointly between the Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Sections of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, January, 2006.
  • Speaker, Employment Law Conference, Michigan State University, School of Labor & Industrial Relations, Labor Education Program, February, 2006.
  • Co-Author, Attorney Fee Agreements in Michigan, Third Edition, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2006.

2007

  • Co-moderator “Stokes’n the Flames of Change” Seminar held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation and Social Security Committees of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, January, 2007.
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Detroit School of Law, Workers Compensation Disability and Causation, February, 2007.
  • Speaker, “Proposed Medicare Secondary Payer Act Legislation Update”, Annual Worker’s Disability Compensation Section of the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting, June 2007.
  • Speaker, “Liens Forum”, Liens and Worker’s Compensation Cases, Michigan Association for Justice, Novi, Michigan, December, 2007

2008

  • Co-Moderator, “Bride of FrankenStokes” Seminar held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice, January, 2008.
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Detroit School of Law, Workers Compensation Disability and Causation, February, 2008.
  • Speaker, Michigan Association for Justice, Rapid Fire Seminar, Worker’s Compensation Liens on Third Party Cases, Dearborn, Michigan, May 9, 2008.

2009

  • Co-Moderator, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Seminar held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice, January 2009
  • Nominated for admission to The College of Worker’s Compensation Lawyers, May, 2009
  • Speaker, Disaster Planning - Ethical and Practical Concepts Regarding the Use of Technology in the Law Office, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group 14th Annual Conference, Carefree, Arizona, October, 2009
  • “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2010”, dbusiness Magazine, November – December 2009

2010

  • Co-moderator “You Can’t Hurry Love” Seminar held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice, January 2010
  • Inducted, The College of Worker’s Compensation Lawyers, March, 2010
  • Co-Author, Attorney Fee Agreements in Michigan, Fourth Edition, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2006
  • Speaker, Debunking the Electrodiagnostic Functional Capacity Evaluation, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group 15th Annual Conference, Aventura, Florida, November, 2010
  • “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2011”, dbusiness Magazine, November – December 2010

2011

  • Co-moderator, Annual Seminar held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice, January 2011
  • Speaker, Debunking the Electrodiagnostic Functional Capacity Evaluation, Annual Worker’s Compensation-Social Security Seminar, Michigan Association for Justice, January, 2011
  • Speaker, Debunking the Electrodiagnostic Functional Capacity Evaluation, Rapid Fire Seminar, Michigan Association for Justice, May, 2011
  • “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2012”, dbusiness Magazine, November – December 2011

2012

  • Co-moderator “Friday the 13th” Seminar held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice, January 2012
  • Author, Op Ed, “On Evidence Based Medicine”, Worker’s First Watch, Spring, 2012, Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group
  • “The Top Attorneys in Michigan” 2012, Michigan Super Lawyers
  • “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2013”, dbusiness Magazine, November – December 2012

2013

  • Speaker, Evidence Based Medicine and Expediter Discovery Tactics, “Compnesia” Seminar, held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice, January 2013
  • Co-Author, Attorney Fee Agreements in Michigan, Fifth Edition, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan 2013
  • Speaker/Panelist, Settlement Strategies: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Reimbursement (of Medicare and Medicaid), American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2013
  • Co-Author, “The 94% ‘Solution’”, The Michigan Association for Justice Journal, Winter 2013
  • “The Top Attorneys in Michigan” 2013, Michigan Super Lawyers

2014

  • Speaker, Legislative Update: Medicare Reform, Delphi & More, and Co-Moderator, “The 94 Per-Cent Solution” Seminar, held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice, January 2014
  • Co-Author, “The 94% ‘Solution” Worker’s First Watch, Summer 2014
  • “The Top Attorneys in Michigan” 2014, Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Recipient of President’s Award, Worker’s Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Santa Barbara, CA, October, 2014
  • “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2014”, dbusiness Magazine, November 2014

2015

  • Speaker, Medicare Liens in Personal Injury Suits, ICLE Webinar, May, 13, 2015
  • Co-Author, “The 94% Solution” LexisNexis Worker’s Compensation eNewsletter, July 27, 2015
  • “The Top Lawyers” 2015, Michigan Super Lawyers, Hour Magazine, September 2015 “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2015”, dbusiness Magazine, November 2014
  • 2016 “The Top Lawyers” 2016, Michigan Super Lawyers
  • “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2016”, dbusiness Magazine

2017

  • Speaker, National Worker’s Compensation Issues and Trends, “Friday the 13th, Part II” Seminar, held jointly between the Worker’s Compensation Committee and the Social Security Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice, January 2017

2018

  • “The Top Lawyers” 2018, dbusiness Magazine 2019
  • Speaker, Social Security and Medicare Set-Asides, Tactics and Considerations; Preventing Abuses, Options/Obligations to Client, Worker’s Injury Law & Advocacy Group Midwest Regional Conference, Kansas City, MO, April, 2019
  • Decisions on cases handled are published in the Michigan Reports, Michigan Court of Appeals Reports, Workers' Compensation Appellate Commission Reporter, Workers' Compensation Appeal Board Opinion Reporter, Trial Magazine and Michigan Lawyer's Weekly.

Decisions on cases published in the Michigan Reports, Michigan Court of  Appeals Reports, Workers' Compensation Appellate Commission Reporter,  Workers' Compensation Appeal Board Opinion Reporter, Trial Magazine and Michigan Lawyer's Weekly.

Elected Positions

Chairperson, State Bar of Michigan, Workers' Disability Compensation Section Council, June 2009

Vice-Chairperson, State Bar of Michigan, Workers' Disability Compensation Section Council, June 2008

Secretary, State Bar of Michigan, Workers' Disability Compensation Section Council, June 2007

Treasurer, State Bar of Michigan, Workers' Disability Compensation Section Council, June 2006
 

Appointments

Chairman, Workers' Compensation Committee of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice (formerly Michigan Trial Lawyer's Association), 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012

Co-chairman, Workers' Compensation Committee of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice (formerly Michigan Trial Lawyer's Association 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004

Co-Chairman, Listserv Committee of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010

Member, Listserv Committee of the Executive Board of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, 2000-2001

Member, Amicus Committee of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice (formerly Michigan Trial Lawyer's Association), 2005-2006, 2006-2007

Member, Worker's Compensation Committee of the Executive Board of the Michigan Trial Lawyer's Association, 2004-2005, 2012-present

Member, Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Efficiency Initiative Task Force, January, 2010

Member, Board of Directors of the Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 2012 - present

Member,  Federal Legislative Committee of the Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 2009-present 

Member, Advisory Board of the Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 2010

State Captain, Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 2010-present

Membership Hall of Fame, Workplace Injury Law & Advocacy Group

 

Organizations

Fellow - College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Member of State Bar of Michigan

Admitted to practice in State of Michigan - May 1977-Present

Admitted to practice before United States Courts - May 1977-Present

Sustaining Member of Michigan Association for Justice

Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Member of American Association for Justice

Board Member of Workplace Injury Litigation Group

Member of National Organization of Veterans

Accreditation

United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the General Counsel, Accredited Attorney for representation of Veterans of the United States Military, May 2011- present

Joel L. Alpert
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