John W. Whitman

Managing Attorney

Ann Arbor Office
(734) 930-5600

2017 ”Best Lawyers in America”

Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated


  • B.A., University of Michigan, Dearborn, 1982
  • J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 1985

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan, 1985
  • Eastern District of Michigan, 1985
  • Northern District of Ohio, 1989

Professional Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association


  • Mr. Whitman has practiced Insurance defense law for over thirty years. He has Tried more than 125 cases to verdict. His significant cases are listed below.
  • Mr. Whitman serves as a neutral mediator for private facilitation, in cases through out Michigan and the mid-west. A facilitation can be scheduled by contacting his office at (734) 930-5600.
  • Mr. Whitman is a frequent speaker for ICLE, and runs the Garan, Lucow, Miller, Deposition and Trial Boot Camp training series.
  • He has been invited to speak at The Brain Injury Legal Conference as well as numerous insurance company training programs.

Significant Cases:

  • Estate of Vincent Jones v Detroit Public SchoolsFarhat v USAA
  • Heikkila v Sevegny
  • People v Abdul-Aziz
  • People v Gervel
  • People v O’Banner
  • Conely v Adrian Police Department
  • Garges v Todd
  • Livingston v Farm Bureau
  • Bamm v Farm Bureau
  • Masinda v Farm Bureau
  • Sauter v Farm Bureau
  • Walker v Farm Bureau
  • Township of Salem v Allied Waste
  • Ypsilanti Township v Washtenaw County
  • Cebreco v Worldwide Insurance
  • Lagos v Maple Storage
  • Clark v Progressive
  • Vitale v State Auto
  • Anderson v Knowlton
  • Ilicin v Citizens

Legal Community:

  • Mr. Whitman serves on the Washtenaw County Case Evaluation Committee and also serves as a Case Evaluator in Washtenaw and Lenawee Counties.