Stephen D. McGraw is a Member of Kerr Russell and co-chairperson of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, has served as a Member of its Executive Committee, and has served as a general counsel for Kerr Russell.
Stephen’s practice primarily involves defending and prosecuting matters in litigation and he has had substantial involvement in a wide range of matters including the professional liability of physicians, hospitals, architects, and engineers, toxic torts, product liability, insurance disputes, and other commercial matters.
He is a skilled trial attorney and his extensive knowledge of medical fields and health care regulations puts him in a distinguished position to advocate for his clients and achieve favorable outcomes. Stephen’s strategic approach to litigation involves the analysis of the benefits and risks associated with trial and settlement tactics.
As chair of the firm’s medical malpractice group, he leads a large team comprised of members, associates, and paralegals. His practice group is proficient in providing cost-effective representation in virtually all aspects of the litigation process including pre-suit investigations, litigation, trial and arbitration.
A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Stephen has served on the American College of Trial Lawyers State Committee for Michigan, and is a Fellow of both the Michigan State Bar Foundation and the Detroit Bar Foundation. He is a former appointed panel member of the State Bar of Michigan Discipline Board.
Stephen has been a speaker at numerous seminars on the topics of litigation and health care, and has spoken regarding trial practice for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has also written frequently on subjects such as trial practice and a lawyer’s ethical obligations. He is repeatedly listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and has been recognized as Best Lawyers 2016 and 2021 Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” and Best Lawyers 2017 Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been recognized in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “Michigan Super Lawyers,” DBusiness Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” and “Leading Lawyers” publications. Stephen was named 2013 Outstanding Attorney by the nation’s largest physician owned medical malpractice insurer and is a past President of the Detroit Bar Association.
Stephen obtained his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Albion College.
- Michigan State Bar Association, Former Panel Member (appointed), Board of Discipline, Negligence Law Section
- Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Past President, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
- Detroit Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Fellow
- American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, Former Member, State Committee for Michigan
- American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction
Bar and Court Admissions
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- Washington and Lee School of Law, J.D.
- Albion College, B.A.
- cum laude
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Stephen McGraw (Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants) Named Best Lawyers© 2021 “Lawyer Of The Year” In Detroit
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Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas
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