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Meriam has always had a passion for oral advocacy. During law school, she served as the Executive Director of the Moot Court program and was selected to compete in a number of local and national moot court competitions. She is also experienced in the appellate process.  After her first year at Detroit Mercy Law school, Meriam interned for Justice Brian K. Zahra of the Supreme Court of Michigan.  Upon graduating, she clerked for the Honorable Colleen A. O’Brien of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Meriam joined Harvey Kruse in 2018 as an associate attorney concentrating her practice on first and third-party automobile insurance, and employment litigation. Meriam has also represented clients in general civil defense matters pertaining to commercial and tort litigation, including actions for breach of contract, construction defect, and product liability.

Meriam is a proud Chaldean-American. As a first-generation daughter of two Iraqi immigrants, Meriam recognized early on the importance of hard work, determination, and empathy. Her cultural background has also enabled her to become fluent in Arabic.

In her free time, Meriam enjoys attending football games (Michigan), running, watching history documentaries, singing karaoke, and practicing her golf swing.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • First- and Third-Party Automobile Liability
  • Construction Defect Litigation

Education 

  • Wayne State University
    B.A., cum laude, 2013
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    J.D., cum laude, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan (2016)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2019)
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (2019)

Employment

  • Associate at Harvey Kruse, P.C. (2018—present)
  • Michigan Court of Appeals Law Clerk (2016—2018)
  • Judicial Intern with Justice Brian K. Zahra, Michigan Supreme Court (2014)

Organizations

  • Michigan Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Oakland County Bar Association

 Honors & Awards

  • Executive Director, Detroit Mercy Law Moot Court Board of Advocates (2015—2016)
  • Student Attorney, Juvenile Appellate Clinic (2016)
  • National Moot Court Team Member, National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition (2016)

Representative Matters

  • Six figure settlement obtained for client at the onset of litigation in an employment discrimination suit involving claims for violations of the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act and the Michigan Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act. 
  • Malone v Zhetman Brighton, LC, et. al. (Livingston Co. Circuit Court, 2020) – We obtained summary disposition on all three of Plaintiff claims against Defendant (claim for negligent hiring, negligent entrustment, and ordinary negligence based upon a theory of vicarious liability).  
  • Davis v Fore, et. al. (Oakland Co. Circuit Court, 2020)  – Obtained summary disposition for Defendants in Plaintiffs’ automobile negligence and personal injury protection action on the basis that Plaintiffs failed to meet their burden to show that Plaintiff’s alleged injuries were caused by the motor vehicle accident. 
  • Albain v Acuity Ins. Co., et. al. (Wayne Co. Circuit Court, 2020) – Obtained voluntary dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims against Defendant for uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits after we filed counterclaims against Plaintiffs based upon misrepresentations made by Plaintiffs when reinstating previously lapsed insurance policy issued by Defendant insurance company.
  • Estate of Halabicky v Lapeer County Medical Facility, et. al. (Lapeer Co. Circuit Court, 2019) – We obtained dismissal of Plaintiff’s claim for ordinary negligence, with the Court finding as a matter of law, that Plaintiff’s claim did not sound in ordinary negligence, but rather, sounded in medical malpractice.
  • Livonia Care Pharmacy, Inc v Amerisure Insurance Company, (19th District Court, 2019)  –  We obtained summary disposition for Defendant on Plaintiff/provider suit for recovery of expenses incurred for medical services provided to underlying insured, with the court finding that the assignments by the provider were fraudulently procured and not authorized by the insured. 

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