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Ron Applebaum

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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).

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Erik Stone

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My name is Erik J. Stone, a partner in the Law firm of Applebaum and Stone. Since graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1994, I have worked very hard fighting for injured persons making sure your insurance company pays you what is due and owing for your injuries. My journey started in 1986, when I attended Central Michigan University where I earned degrees in Economics and Business Law and Regulation.  I worked in the Office of the Vice President of the United States, as a liaison between the public and the White House.  I then received a Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1994 and ever since I have been collecting millions of dollars for the injured persons whom I represent.

I am married and have 3 great children and a dog named  Stella. I love coaching children’s sports. I am the Travel Hockey Coach for the 2001 Novi Fire Cats  and Coach Baseball for a 12u team at Lake Athletics.

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Michael Kingsley

Michael has several years of experience practicing personal injury litigation. After graduating from Western Michigan University with a BA in Psychology in 2007, Michael obtained his JD from Thomas M. Cooley in 2011. While attending law school Michael worked as a personal injury Law Clerk at Zamler, Mellen & Shiffman, PC, and for his Father who also specialized in Plaintiff personal injury litigation. Additionally, Michael held several prestigious internships including one with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, and one with Justice Marilyn Kelly for the Supreme Court of Michigan.

Since being admitted to the Michigan State Bar in 2012 Michael has been litigating for injured persons in the Southeast Michigan area. With his extensive and unique experience Michael understands and demonstrates what it takes to stand up against insurance companies to get everything injured people are legally entitled to.

Outside of his legal career, Michael enjoys staying active and participating in a wide variety of sports, including basketball, golf, hockey, baseball, swimming, skiing, running, and hiking. Most importantly, Michael avidly cheers on his Detroit sports teams, especially the Detroit Red Wings.

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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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Kevin Pelkey

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.

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Jillian Peterson

Jillian concentrates her practice on vehicle negligence and no-fault insurance law. She regularly serves clients with a variety of personal injury questions and issues. Before joining Applebaum & Stone, Jillian worked at the Genesee County Circuit Court in the Civil/Criminal division as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph J. Farah. Jillian also worked in Wayne County as the Chairperson of the Free Legal Aid Clinic, a non-profit legal aid organization dedicated to helping low-income members of Wayne County find access to justice.

Jillian graduated from University of Michigan in 2012, with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Wayne State University, where she participated in multiple student organizations as well as the Journal of Law in Society. Jillian graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2015, cum laude. In addition to being a licensed member of the State Bar of Michigan, Jillian is also a member of several professional organizations such as the Genesee County Bar Association and the Centennial Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

 

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