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 late 1980’s 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 (9) and Lily (6).
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.
Melissa is a graduate of Duke University School of Law where she participated in the Duke Appellate Litigation Clinic and the Duke AIDS and Cancer Legal Project. During law school, Melissa also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Teri L. Jackson of the San Francisco Superior Court. Before entering law school, Melissa completed an AmeriCorps term where she provided case management services to youth at risk of gang activity in the San Francisco California Bay Area. After graduating from Duke University, Melissa clerked at a small plaintiffs firm in Michigan specializing in employment discrimination, personal injury and medical malpractice. She also served as the Trial Advocacy teaching assistant to the Honorable Cynthia Stephens of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Melissa Boatner joined the firm in October 2017 after being sworn into the Michigan Bar. Melissa is currently a member of the Detroit Bar Association where she is a member of the Access to Justice Committee. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her dog Max!
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.
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.
Peter Panageas grew up in Macomb County and attended Western Michigan University where he graduated with a BA in Finance. He went on to graduate from Western Michigan Cooley Law School. During his time in law school, he also worked as a student attorney for the Family Law Assistance Program (FLAP), whose clinic works closely with women’s shelters and low-income individuals who need help with family law matters. His volunteer work with Flap has afforded him the opportunity to argue motions in Court while still a law student. It was during this experience that he realized the positive effect an attorney could have on a client’s case when it is effectively advocated in front of a judge. He has carried with him the same dedication every day, with every case. He counsels clients on a multitude of no-fault and personal injury matters and takes the time to ensure that all their questions are answered completely.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His interests run the gamut from road trips to extensive travel throughout Europe, Especially to Greece, where he is fluent in the language. He also has run a marathon, gone skydiving and is an avid concert-goer.
Kevin G. Pelkey was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan November 28, 2006. Counselor Pelkey was admitted to the State Bars of New York and Illinois May 16, 2014 and November 4, 2014 respectively. Attorney Pelkey humbly practices personal injury in counties all over Michigan. He is the son of Dr. Richard M. Coffman and Ms. Irene M. Pelkey. Dr. Coffman is a retired Air Force Major, and a published author among other things. Dr. Coffman’s works include To Honor These Men: A History of the Phillips Georgia Legion Infantry Battalion; Going Back the Way They Came: The Philips Georgia Legion Cavalry Battalion; and most recently, Some Kind of Welcome Home. Kevin’s mother was a single mother who raised Kevin and his sister Karen by working hard and teaching them family values. Attorney Pelkey was taught, at a very young age, the critical importance of service to the community, equal justice for all, and faith. Kevin worked during high school, college, and law school, which he explains to clients and students in order to encourage them to obtain employment and further, to understand that if he did it, so can they. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northwood University in 2002 where he graduated summa cum laude and attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He received his Juris Doctor with a Business Transactions concentration in 2006. Counselor Pelkey has been an Adjunct Professor at Baker College of Allen Park since the 2011 Fall semester, something he enjoys immensely. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus where he serves as advocate.
Prior to practicing personal injury litigation, Nina has cultivated experience in practicing family law, contract law and commercial litigation. Nina graduated from the University of Toronto in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Thomas Cooley Law School in 2013, where she participated in many student organizations including being the founding member of the Canadian Law Society. Nina is also a child advocate for the city of Detroit, helping neglected and abused children across the city of Detroit. Outside of practicing law, Nina enjoys traveling and is a participant in causes important to her such as being an active volunteer for Bras for a Cause, supporting and celebrating breast cancer survivors.
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.