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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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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Eric Noga

Eric Noga is a Michigan native who grew up in Royal Oak. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Wayne State University in 2009 and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 2013, where he was a senior member of Moot Court. He has practiced in collections, landlord-tenant, and contract matters, and is eager to fight for the benefits and damages that our clients deserve. Outside of the practice of law, Eric is an avid mountain biker and musician.

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Marcello L. Pedini

Marcello has been practicing law for over 7 years. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Marcello went to Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he served as President of the Environmental Law Society and was the first student from its school intern at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Marcello has been handling auto litigation for the past several years. Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Marcello is a proud Michigander and honored to help its citizens.  Marcello is dedicated to putting his clients first and helping them through difficult times in their lives.

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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.