Our Attorneys

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Ron Applebaum


With a BA in political science, business and communications from the University of Arizona 1988, Ron Applebaum earned his JD from the University of Detroit School of Law 1991. He served as an attorney at Thurswell, Chayet & Weiner 1991-2001 and at Weiner & Associates 2001-2012. He formed Applebaum & Stone in 2013.

Ron has been involved with JARC since the late 1980s as a young adult, began serving on Board of Directors in mid-1990s and is currently President of JARC Foundation. Served as JARC Young Adult Chair, Secretary, Spring Elation Chair and Fall Fundraiser Chair. JARC Board President June 2012-June 2014. Involved with Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit – past chair of the Grants and Distribution Committee. He is currently associate chair of the college students group of the Jewish Identity and Education Division of Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Member of American and Michigan Association for Justice. Mediator in Wayne and Oakland Counties. Married to Jennifer Kaplan with two daughters – Allie (11) and Lily (8).

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Erik Stone


Erik J. Stone is a partner at Applebaum and Stone. He attended Central Michigan University earning degrees in Economics and Business Law and Regulation. He then worked in the Office of the Vice President of the United States, as a liaison between the public and the White House. He continued on to receive his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1994. Ever since that time he has been fighting for individuals to get the benefits and money due to them, collecting millions of dollars over the years for the injured people he has represented.

He is married and has three children and a dog. He is an avid sports enthusiast.

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Colleen Fries

Colleen graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she interned for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and was a Title Editor of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. In addition to personal injury, she has experience in probate and estate planning. She strives to get her clients the best results for their cases.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She is also a music lover and avid concert-goer.

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Jim Lilly

After earning his JD from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1991, Jim practiced at Plunkett Cooney for twenty years in the areas of insurance coverage litigation and interstate trucking claims. He has successfully represented clients in multi-million-dollar claims arising across the United States and Canada, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada.

When not practicing law, Jim enjoys running and triathlons, having participated in six ironman competitions and thirty marathons. He lives in Tecumseh, Ontario, with his wife Maureen and three children, Aidan, Jaimes, and Charlie.

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Thomas Nelson

Thomas was born and raised in Bay County, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1993 in the top 25% of his class. He attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law on the Jerome P. Cavanaugh full tuition scholarship. Thomas graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1998 in the top 10% of his class. He has a great deal of trial experience, having successfully tried civil, criminal and probate cases. He tried his first jury trial in Wayne County Circuit Court 1 month after passing the bar. Thomas has worked at a number of firms and has the unusual experience of having practiced law in Metro Detroit, Mid-Michigan and Northern Michigan. Thomas is married and has a son and a daughter. He is an active outdoorsman. He received his bachelor’s degree in History and can trace his family history to Michigan before statehood and America before the American Revolution.

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Nikki Peterson

Nikki earned her JD from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where she graduated with honors. While in law school she worked at the Family Law Assistance Project where she provided legal assistance to people who were denied access to their children as well as domestic violence victims. Prior to joining Applebaum & Stone she practiced family law and volunteered at the Oakland County Circuit Court providing free legal advice to low-income individuals and domestic violence survivors. During her free time she enjoys being outside, shopping, spending time with her family and traveling. Her favorite vacation destination is Aruba.

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Julia Rosen

Julia Rosen has been practicing law since 1993. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University where she graduated with honors from the college of business and a juris doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. She has practiced in the areas of estate planning, corporate law and property taxation. Currently she is in the position of building and maintaining a team of professionals that work hard to support and defend our clients to the very best of our abilities, ensuring that all clients receive what they deserve. She works to make the firm effective and efficient. Julia enjoys working out, being outside and traveling. She is currently a volunteer with Detroit Dog Rescue.


Applebaum and Stone Law Firm gets our clients justice. Automobile, Motorcycle and Truck Accidents are our specialty. Partners: Ron Applebaum and Erik Stone.