Michael B. Serling

Founder, Former Shareholder & Of Counsel

Michael B. Serling is the founder 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 substantial 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 with a degree in history and a secondary education teaching degree. He taught in the city of Detroit while attending law school at night. He graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1970 (now the Michigan State University College of Law).

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 asbestos-related mesothelioma and lung cancer. Each year thousands of men and women die of these dreaded diseases. These deaths could have been avoided if Asbestos manufacturers and suppliers 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 45 years to fight for the rights of those men and women and their families victimized by the tragedy of asbestos disease and death.”

He was selected to represent most school districts in the state of Michigan in a class action suit against asbestos manufacturers to help schools with the costs of removing asbestos products from their buildings. The suit was extremely successful in aiding schools in making them safer for students, teachers, custodians, and other staff members.

Sarah Porretta

Legal Assistant to Michael Serling


State Bar of Michigan, American Association for Justice, Michigan Association for Justice, Oakland County and American Bar Associations, Anti-Defamation League Board, Chair, Advisory Board for the MSU Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Wayne County Circuit Court Steering Committee for Asbestos Litigation, Trustee, Beaumont Health Foundation, Member of Detroit Sympathy Orchestra Governing Members Cultural Assessment Task Force.


Practice Areas


  • “Asbestos and the Law,” Michigan Bar Journal” Asbestos Litigation in Michigan: The Case for Schools,” Michigan School Board Journal” Asbestos Litigation: A Ten-Year Perspective,” Laches (Oakland County Bar Journal)
  • “Asbestos Toxic Tort Litigation,” Laches (Oakland County Bar Journal)
  • “Asbestos Litigation: Toward Toxic Tort Liability,” Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Report
  • “Asbestos Disease Litigation – The American Experience,” Preservation of Our World in the Wake of Change – Jerusalem Israel Conference
  • “Asbestos Litigation in Michigan” – Lawyers Weekly Newspaper
  • “Asbestos Litigation in Michigan” – Building Trades Newspaper
  • “Update on Asbestos Litigation” – Local 58 Electrician Retirees bulletin


  • Detroit Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “The Asbestos Dilemma”
  • Michigan Board of School Administrators Seminar, “Asbestos in the Schools”
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, “Toxic Torts” Multiple Seminars for Michigan Building Trades
  • Seminar for Michigan Asbestos Insulation Unions at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, MI

Visiting Professor

  • Law and Environment – Michigan State University, Law College, and College of Agricultural and Natural Resources
  • Medical and Legal issues related to asbestos exposure and diseases – University of Michigan medical school.



  • Michigan Bar Association 50 years of service
  • Michigan Holocaust Memorial Center honoree
  • Michigan State University Philanthropist Award
  • Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award
Firm Highlights

News Articles
Personal Injury Attorney

Personal Injury Attorneys Focused on Helping Individuals in Michigan

A Michigan Personal Injury Attorney When Michael B. Serling won the first jury trial in Michigan for a client who had developed asbestosis, a non-cancerous scarring of the lungs associated with asbestos exposure, it was a landmark case. This was the […]

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Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune

New Study Finds More Cancers Linked to Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune

New Study Links Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune to Additional Cancers A recent government study revealed that individuals, both military and civilian, who resided, worked, and served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina during the mid-1970s and 1980s face a […]

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The Link Between Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer

The Link Between Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer

When The Past Can Still Harm You: The Link Between Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer When news outlets first reported the connection between talcum powder and various cancers, many people shrugged and thought, “I haven’t used talcum powder in years.” […]

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What Happened at Camp Lejeune? Camp Lejeune Toxic Water

What Happened at Camp Lejeune?

Between 1953 and 1987, the water supply at Camp Lejeune, a military base in North Carolina, was contaminated with dangerous chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, and other serious health problems. The widespread use of industrial solvents, such as trichloroethylene […]

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Wrongful Death Attorney in Michigan

Wrongful Death Attorney in Michigan

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Michigan Losing a loved one is painful enough without having to fight for justice. If negligence or intentional wrongdoing resulted in an untimely death, the victim’s family deserves compensation. This is where an experienced wrongful death […]

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Vietnam War Veteran’s Day

The Vietnam War, also known as, the Second Indochina War or the Vietnam Conflict, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia that lasted from November 1955 to April 1975.

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Looking to the Stars: Lessons from Asbestos in Space Exploration

The history of space exploration is a tale of human innovation and technological leaps. Yet, amid the triumphs and achievements, lies a less discussed aspect: the use of asbestos in spacecraft construction. Asbestos, celebrated for its insulation and heat-resistant properties, […]

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Asbestos in Pop Culture: Unveiling its Cultural Depictions and Impact

Asbestos in Pop Culture: Unveiling its Cultural Depictions and Impact

​​​​​​​Lights, camera…asbestos? While not the dreamiest, camera-ready topic, asbestos has found an unexpected place in pop culture. Beyond its industrial applications, asbestos and its associated health risks have woven themselves into various forms of media, from movies and TV shows […]

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Detroit Skyline

Cruise, Connect, and Celebrate – Serling & Abramson, P.C.’s Summer Outing

The Serling & Abramson, P.C. team enjoyed a fun summer outing earlier this week! After a delicious meal in Downtown Detroit, the crew headed aboard the Diamond Princess for a sunset cruise of the Detroit River.

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