Jeanne V. Barron graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 1984. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education - Emotionally Impaired and Journalism, cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1980. Her wealth of experience and knowledge are a great asset to the firm, and clients, who also appreciate her ability to strategize, communicate effectively, and negotiate cases to appropriate resolution.
Ms. Barron practices in several different areas. She is a seasoned litigator, successfully defending complex civil matters on behalf of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company and their insureds in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw, Macomb, and Livingston County Courts, particularly in the areas of premises liability, condominium matters, dog bites, neighborhood disputes, and motor vehicle accidents. Ms. Barron also represents individuals pursuing personal injury and employment discrimination suits, as well as social security disability claims.
Ms. Barron is well versed in the practice of appellate law, having argued multiple cases to the Appellate court bench. She has also served as an arbitrator and case evaluator. She would welcome referrals as a facilitator.
Ms. Barron has also been recognized for her volunteer work, acting as a moot court and mock trial judge; she has also worked with victims of domestic violence. Ms. Barron is proud to have developed a Michigan Law Day Program, now in use in elementary schools.
Ms. Barron is admitted to practice law in all Michigan Courts, the U.S. Federal Courts, Eastern and Western Districts and the United States Court of Appeals.
James J. Raftery is the founding partner of Raftery, Janeczek & Hoelscher.
For over 30 years, Mr. Raftery has been a trial attorney called upon to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of personal injury and insurance matters, including auto, construction, premises, dog bite, art fraud and first amendment issues, just to name a few. His clients have included doctors, lawyers, judges, landlords, property owners, construction companies, as well as numerous other individuals from all walks of life who have been injured in various types of accidents.
Mr. Raftery is appreciated by his clients and well respected by his peers. His numerous awards and accomplishments include:
The prestigious “AV rating” by Martindale Hubbell for Mr. Raftery’s “preeminent legal ability”, “highest professional and ethical standards”. In 2012 Martindale Hubbell again recognized Mr. Raftery for continuing the “AV rating” for ten years (now 13).
In 2010 Mr. Raftery was recognized by Detroit Business as one of the “top lawyers” in insurance defense. And, in 2016, Mr. Raftery was awarded the “10 best” in client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
Mr. Raftery has served as an expert on behalf of other attorneys in legal malpractice claims. He has served as both a defense and neutral arbitrator, mediator and facilitative mediator.
Mr. Raftery has obtained successful jury verdicts throughout the state of Michigan. He has been admitted to practice law in Michigan since 1982, the U.S. Federal Courts since 1983, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1997.
Mr. Raftery is a graduate of the University of Detroit High School (1974); Central Michigan University (1998); and University of Detroit Law School (1981).
Ann graduated from the University of Detroit Law School in 1982. She clerked for Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Foley until 1985, after which she entered private practice at the Macomb County office of Vandeveer Garzia.
Ms. Merry’s career has focused on defense of a variety of cases involving issues of automobile negligence, liability for PIP benefits, premises liability, consumer/lemon law liability, claims of employment and disability discrimination, and products liability. While employed at Denenberg Tuffley, she handled commercial subrogation cases and defended others on the basis of arson and fraud.
For most of her career, she has been employed as staff counsel for several insurance companies including Citizens, Zurich, Universal Underwriters, Michigan Basic Property Insurance Association, and until May of 2016, Nationwide Insurance Company.
Ms. Merry has conducted jury trials in the United States District Court, Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland County Circuit Courts, and various District Courts. She is a SCAO certified mediator and arbitrator..
Maggie Cotant was awarded her J.D. from Wayne State University and was admitted to the Bar in 1992. She received B.A.'s in Social Science and Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1989. She has a wealth of experience in many areas of the law, and has practiced in countries from as far south as Monroe, and as far north as Sault Ste. Marie, in the Upper Peninsula. She has experience in appellate work as well, achieving successful verdicts on diverse issues.
Well respected by both her peers and the bench, Ms. Cotant has received numerous awards for her extensive work on behalf of victims domestic violence, her pro bono work, and her dedicated and long-standing service to the Oakland County Circuit Court, having been honed with unanimous resolutions by the Bench. She has published numerous articles in the Michigan Bar Journal, the Michigan Family Law Journal, Laches, and other publications, on a wide variety of subjects. Ms. Cotant has also spoken to professional groups, including lawyers, healthcare workers, and women's groups in Southeastern and Northern Michigan. She also serves as a mentor.
Ms. Cotant is now proud to be an asset to Raftery & Barron, P.C., concentrating her expertise in defending matters on behalf of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. Her focus is on serving the needs of State Farm's insureds with in-depth legal knowledge, and prompt, personal service that clients have come to count on from the firm's attorneys.
Ms. Cotant also focuses her litigation skills on representing plaintiffs in person injury matter, and clients are uniformly appreciative of her in-depth knowledge of the law, as well as her personal attention to detail, and dedication to their unique needs.
As a long-time litigator, Ms. Cotant has tried cases in wide range of areas, having been awarded contracts to represent various populations in circuit and probate courts throughout the state. She has served as a mediator in several counties. Ms. Cotant received multi-million-dollar settlements on behalf of clients.
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Out-of-state and in-state insurance claim handlers need trusted local counsel. Raftery & Barron is your Michigan-based insurance defense firm partner.
Raftery & Barron is a Michigan litigation law firm, responsive to our clients' needs, committed to achieving cost-effective, ethical, and outstanding results throughout the entire litigation process.
In 2016, we were proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Founded by Jim Raftery in 1991, Raftery & Barron is comprised of four seasoned trial attorneys who tackle complex legal matters and deliver Great Results in the Great Lakes state.
We promise we will give you the highest quality legal services. Your problems with our solutions.
RB represents insurers and their insureds in courts throughout the State of Michigan.
RB attorneys are experts in litigating all aspects of auto claims, including liability and Michigan tort threshold.
RB specializes in defeating
fraudulent claims brought by individual claimants, businesses, and no-fault providers.
RB has extensive experience representing condominium associations, cooperatives, and co-owner in a variety of complex legal matters.
Our representation for our clients extends beyond the trial court into Michigan's appellate courts.
RB attorneys advise and defend insurers, property owners, and businesses in all types of premises claims.
RB attorneys have litigated all types of personal injury claims such as malicious prosecution, abuse of process, civil rights claims, and wrongful death cases.
As attorneys who represent home owners, we have defended many home owners sued as a result of alleged actions by their animals.