Legal Services


Kerr Russell’s appellate practice is highly regarded, and has amassed an impressive record of success, both on behalf of clients who are appealing an unfavorable judgment, and those who are defending a decision after winning in the trial court.

In appellate work, as in all the litigation and dispute resolution services performed by our attorneys, we focus on delivering results in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

Our appellate attorneys are seasoned litigators, who have a wide breadth of substantive legal and industry knowledge, and can quickly evaluate the merits of the case and determine whether it is likely to result in a favorable outcome on appeal. We represent corporations, governmental entities, and individuals in a wide variety of appeals related to a multitude of legal matters. We handle appeals at the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, and federal appeals level.

+Practicing Attorneys & Staff


James E. DeLine


Jacquelyn A. Klima


Joanne Geha Swanson


Patricia C. Schabath

Of Counsel

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June 3, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorneys Discuss Client - Expert Suits in Michigan Defense Quarterly

Attorneys Daniel J. Ferris and Derek R. Boyd address the question, "Can my client sue my expert,"  citing how the Michigan Court of Appeals addresses witness immunity doctrine. Michigan Defense Quarterly, the official journal of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (Volume 35, No. 4)
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November 15, 2019

19 Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized as DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2020

A total of 19 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named as dBusiness Magazine 2020 Top Lawyers. The attorneys are selected through a peer review process.  dBusiness polled 19,000 attorneys across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties.

November 4, 2019

Kerr Russell Ranked as U.S. News “Best Law Firm”2020

Kerr Russell is once again ranked as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.  Firms included on the list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

August 15, 2019

15 Lawyers From Kerr Russell Are Recognized In The Best Lawyers In America© 2020

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named to the prestigious 2020 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©. The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”

August 9, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorneys Prevail in Case Before the Michigan Court of Appeals

William C. Blasses and Daniel G. Beyer recently obtained a favorable opinion from the Michigan Court of Appeals, affirming and upholding a Macomb County Circuit Court judge’s decision. 

July 29, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorney Joanne Geha Swanson Interviewed by Legal News

Joanne was recently interviewed by Legal News about her new appointment as president of the Detroit Bar Association.

June 20, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorney Installed as Detroit Bar Association Board President

Joanne Geha Swanson is the new President of the Detroit Bar Association Board.