Meet the Team

Michael B. Serling, President

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Michael B. Serling is the president of the law firm and has been practicing law since 1970. He has been handling asbestos related cancer cases since 1975. He was the first attorney in Michigan to file an asbestos related wrongful death action on behalf of the family of a victim of mesothelioma cancer. He was also the first attorney in Michigan to win a jury verdict in an asbestos related disease case. His firm now handles mesothelioma cases throughout the United States and internationally.

Mr. Serling graduated from Michigan State University in 1966; he was also certified as a teacher and taught secondary education before entering the legal profession. He graduated from Detroit College of Law (nka Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law) in 1970.

Mr. Serling has been very passionate in his fight for the rights of asbestos disease victims. "The rights of American workers have been trampled upon. Nowhere is that more glaring than in the tragedy that has befallen the victims of the asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma. Each year thousands of men and women die of this dreaded disease. These deaths could have been avoided if American industry had looked out for and protected the men and women who built our country through their hard work. It has been my mission for the past 35 years to fight for the rights of those men and women and their families victimized by the tragedy of asbestos disease and death."

Practice Areas:

  • Asbestos and Mesothelioma
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation

Admitted:

1970, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School:

Detroit College of Law (now known as Michigan State University College of Law), J.D., 1970

College:

Michigan State University, B.A., 1966

Member:

State Bar of Michigan, American Association for Justice, Michigan Association for Justice, Oakland County and American Bar Associations, International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.

Visiting Professor:

Law and Environment, Michigan State University

Author:

  • "Asbestos and the Law," Michigan Bar Journal, July, 1986;
  • "Asbestos Litigation in Michigan: The Case for Schools," Michigan School Board Journal, July/August, 1984;
  • "Asbestos Litigation: A Ten-Year Perspective," Laches (Oakland County Bar Journal), March, 1986;
  • "Asbestos Toxic Tort Litigation," Laches (Oakland County Bar Journal), January, 1988;
  • "Asbestos Litigation: Toward Toxic Tort Liability," Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, March, 1986;
  • "Asbestos Disease Litigation - The American Experience," Preservation of Our World in the Wake of Change, Vol. VIA, July, 1996.

Instructor:

  • Detroit Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, "The Asbestos Dilemma," March, 1988;
  • Michigan Board of School Administrators Seminar, "Asbestos in the Schools";
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, "Toxic Torts," Fall, 1988.

280 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 406
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Telephone: 248-647-6966
Toll Free: 800-995-6991
Fax: 248-647-9630
Email: mserling@serlinglaw.com

Eric B. Abramson, Associate

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Eric B. Abramson has been associated with the law firm since February 1989. His earliest assignments included investigating the identity of asbestos manufacturers for many of the building tradesmen afflicted with asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. He has traveled from California to the Middle East on behalf of the law firm to conduct investigations into the use of asbestos. His efforts have helped bring justice to a multitude of victims and their families.

Mr. Abramson pursued his education in the evening while employed full time for the firm. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1992 with an emphasis in physiological psychology. Shortly thereafter he engaged in the study of law at Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law. He achieved his law degree in 1997.

Mr. Abramson is committed to seeing that justice is served on behalf of our clients. "Even though we cannot restore our clients' health or their lives, our efforts do bring some measure of comfort to them and their families."

Practice Areas:

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Toxic Torts Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation

Admitted:

2000, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Law School:

Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, J.D., 1999

College:

Wayne State University, B.S., 1994

Member:

State Bar of Michigan Michigan and American Trial Lawyers Associations Trial Lawyers Care Network.

Biography:

Mesothelioma Cancer Asbestos-related Cancer Specialist.

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • Hebrew

Born:

Detroit, Michigan, September 25, 1967

280 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 406
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Telephone: 248-647-6966
Toll Free: 800-995-6991
Fax: 248-647-9630
Email: eabramson@serlinglaw.com

Denise J. Grass, Associate

Denise_J._Grass_webDenise J. Grass graduated from Wayne State University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, with honors. From there, she attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School and graduated in 2005 receiving recognition for Best Advocate and Best Team in the Intra-School Moot Court Competition. While attending Thomas M. Cooley, she worked as a law clerk in Arizona and also completed an externship at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Ms. Grass has been associated with Michael B. Serling, P.C. since 2007. Since that time, she has been involved asbestos litigation and probate work for the firm.

Practice Areas:

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate Practice

Admitted:

  • 2006, Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 2010, Florida

Law School:

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2005

College:

Wayne State University, B.S., 2002

Member:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Florida

280 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 406
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Telephone: 248-647-6966
Toll Free: 800-995-6991
Fax: 248-647-9630
Email: dgrass@serlinglaw.com

Joel Waterstone, Senior Investigator

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Joel A. Waterstone, D.C. manages asbestos-related commercial property damage claims for our firm. In addition, he oversees the processing of asbestos bankruptcy claims for all personal injury and property damage clients. He has been involved in asbestos litigation throughout the United States since 1987. As an investigator, he is responsible for the detailed information, interviews and numerous types of documents needed to prove a clients exposures.

Mr. Waterstone's extensive experience inspecting industrial, commercial and public buildings built with asbestos materials has provided the firm with a massive data base of information to assist our clients. He is widely recognized by attorneys and experts as one of the foremost product identification specialists in the field.

Mr. Waterstone graduated from Life Chiropractic University in 1983 and uses his strong medical knowledge in case evaluation. "I am committed to doing everything I can to make our client's difficult situations a little better."

Thomas A. Smith (1951-2013)

TomSmithIn Memoriam - With his service at Michael B. Serling from 1991-2013, Tom leaves behind a legacy of hard work and passion for helping our clients. Tom will be missed by our clients as well as our entire staff.

Thomas A. Smith managed the investigation of the asbestos cases for UAW members in Michigan. He worked as an investigator on asbestos as other toxic tort cases since 1985 and as an attorney since 1986. He was closely involved with union and non-union tradesmen, including Carpenters, Plumbers, Millwrights, Ironworkers, Steelworkers, Insulators, Laborers, Pipefitters, Sheetmetal Workers, Plasterers, and Shipyard Workers.

He investigated some of the most difficult asbestos cases in Michigan, including those secondhand exposures of children and wives of workers. After a career as a radio announcer, Mr. Smith graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Communications, then a Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations and his Juris Doctor from University of Detroit-Mercy Law School.

"The workers we represent were exposed over 40 and even 50 years ago while building America and its industry as we know it today. While we cannot restore their health, I can find those companies responsible and help to compensate our clients for their asbestos disease." - quote from Thomas A. Smith, Esq.