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Linda M. Garbarino

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Practice Areas: Ms. Garbarino is an appellate specialist, with a focus on civil defense litigation including medical malpractice, general negligence, premises liability and product liability.

Bar Admissions: 1985, State Bar of Michigan; 1986, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; 1990, United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan; 1991, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; 1993, United States Supreme Court.

Education: Michigan State University (B.A. Social Science, MDP, 1978); Detroit College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1985).

Bar Association Membership: State Bar of Michigan 1985 – present, (Appellate Practice Section; Chair, 2006-2007; Treasurer, 2001 – 2003 & 2004 – 2005; Health Care Law Section); Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Inc.

Biography:  Specializing in appellate law, Ms. Garbarino practices before the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  Ms. Garbarino’s practice includes all facets of appellate law on behalf of the firm’s clients, as well as appellate referrals from other firms.  Ms. Garbarino has been AV Peer Review rated since 1999 by Lexis Nexis/Martindale Hubbell.  In addition, she has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2008.  Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan are selected as Super Lawyers.  In 2005, Ms. Garbarino received the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Distinguished Brief Award for her Michigan Supreme Court brief in Barnes v Providence Hospital.

Ms. Garbarino is an active member of various appellate groups and committees.  She served as Chair of the Appellate Practice Section in 2006 - 2007 and was the Section’s Treasurer in 2001 - 2003 and 2004 - 2005.  She also served, by appointment, on the Michigan State Bar Standing Committee for Appellate Court Administration, acting as the Chair of the Committee in 1998 and 1999.  A member of the Michigan Court of Appeals’ Internal Operating Procedures Task Force, Ms. Garbarino assisted in the drafting of the Court’s first Internal Operating Procedures in 1997.  She also served, at the request of the Michigan Court of Appeals, as a Moderator in the Court’s Pre-Argument Settlement Conference Pilot Program.  She has also been active in the Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conferences, serving on the Steering Committees and as a Moderator for the 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 Conferences.

Publications and Presentations:
Author, “Cases Pending Before the Supreme Court after Grant of Oral Argument on Application,” a recurring article for the Michigan Appellate Practice Journal, An Official Publication of the State Bar of Michigan Appellate Practice Section, 2008 – 2010.

Co-author, “Standards of Review: Back to Basics,” Appellate Practice Section Newsletter, Summer 2008.

Presentation, “Handling the Pre-Suit Notice of Intent – 7 Years After Adoption,” MHA June, 2000.

Presentation, “Role of Counsel,” Michigan’s Insurance Law – January, 1999 and January, 2000.

Presentation, “Tort Reform Update,” MSHRM, May, 1998.

Presentation, “Critical Issues in Health Care Law – Tort Reform,” MHA March, 1995.

Co-authored “1993 Medical Malpractice Tort Reform in Michigan – A Summary of New
Responsibilities for Attorneys,” Detroit College of Law Review, 1995.

Presentation, “Self-Insured Retention,” MMI, March, 1992.

Ms. Garbarino is an approved appellate counsel for Tenet Healthcare, McLaren Health, Beaumont Health, Trinity Health, The University of Michigan Health System, Ascension and others.