About Themis J. Fotieo
“Quite possibly the best comp attorney in the state.”
“A detail-oriented lawyer who looks at every single aspect of the situation.”
“My daughter [senior claims adjuster for a large national insurance company] told me that all her attorneys agreed that Themis Fotieo was the best workman's comp attorney…He was a god-send.”
Attorney Themis J. Fotieo graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1973 with a degree in Philosophy. In 1976, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Attorney Fotieo has been a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives and the Michigan Association for Justice.
In practice for 42 years now, Attorney Fotieo exclusively represents plaintiffs in automobile negligence, workers compensation and Social Security disability cases. He has lectured annually at the Michigan Association for Justice Workers Compensation Seminar. Attorney Fotieo has also been listed in Leading Lawyers since 2015, which is based upon a survey of his peers. Since 2007 he has been listed in Super Lawyers of Michigan as an outstanding lawyer who has attained a high degree of professional achievement and peer recognition. Based upon input from peers and clients, rated 10 out of 10 by AVVO.
"Over the last two decades I have helped lead the charge in defending the Workers Compensation Law to stem the tide of unwarranted and harmful changes. From the moment I first meet my client I begin contemplating how to best present the case. More importantly, I believe that a good lawyer does not just sit back and let the case try itself. Instead, I enjoy thinking and plotting how to make the case better. I consider my client to be part of the team. Too often, attorneys leave their clients in the dark on important issues that may arise. I have been amazed at how often my clients are able to provide me with excellent arguments and facts to counter the latest attack from the insurance attorney. I enjoy the battle. I enjoy the negotiating. But most of all, I enjoy cross-examining the insurance company's witnesses. More often than not, I will call the personnel director or supervisor as my first witness. Even though many defense lawyers know that I will often do this, I am still amazed at what good evidence we are able to elicit out of the mouths of the defendant’s own representatives.
Except for 7 years of college and law school in Ann Arbor and a brief stint in Washington DC, I have been a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, MI."