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Lisa S. Anstess



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Ms. Anstess was awarded a full academic scholarship to attend Detroit College of Law. She is AV or Preeminent rated by the Martindale Hubbell Peer review ratings.

In addition to her law practice, she has been a speaker on numerous occasions for nursing and attorney groups on various medical/legal issues and risk management. Ms. Anstess is past president of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, Michigan Chapter, and has been a member of the Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan since becoming an attorney.

Ms. Anstess has been published several times and most recently co-authored a chapter for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Defense Library Series publication, Current Issues in Medical Liability and Health Care Law titled “Practical Considerations Arising from the Patient’s Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.”


Mercy College of Detroit (BSN cum laude, 1982); Detroit College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1989).

Bar Admissions

1989, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Supreme Court, and United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1996, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; 2016, United States District Court, Western District of Michigan.

Practice Areas

With a dual background in nursing, Ms. Anstess has over 25 years of experience defending all aspects of professional liability and medical malpractice claims. Her practice has also included nursing home and assisted living defense, adult foster care, licensing actions, and first- and third-party auto litigation.

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