A partner in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, Abe Barlaskar concentrates his litigation practice on defending insurers and personal line carriers, rental car companies, trucking companies, corporations and municipalities in negligence and general liability matters, no-fault matters, coverage disputes and extra-contractual claims, including managing out-of-state outside counsel for commercial insurance carriers in subrogation matters. Mr. Barlaskar also represents retail clients in litigation matters, including premises liability, food-borne illness cases, bed-bug claims, and other commercial disputes and criminal matters.

Mr. Barlaskar handles all aspects of investigating claims pre-suit, including individual wrongdoing, formulating defenses pre-suit and counseling clients on an array of all aspects of their business. In addition, Mr. Barlaskar files affirmative legal actions, including declaration actions in fraud cases and cases involving coverage disputes, as well as actions for claim and delivery.

Mr. Barlaskar is actively involved with the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), where he is a member of CLM's Insurance Fraud Committee and serves as the Co-Chair of the committee’s Adjusters Training Courses.

Designated by Michigan Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in general defense since 2015 and one of only 25 attorneys to be recognized as a 2020 "Up & Coming" lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Mr. Barlaskar frequently authors articles and conducts seminars for organizations, colleagues and clients in the insurance, automobile, retail and food and hospitality industries, and on the most recent changes in the law and how it could affect their businesses. Mr. Barlaskar is also a torts instructor in Oakland University's Paralegal Program. 

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney as an attorney, Mr. Barlaskar gained legal experience in federal court, at DTE Energy Company's legal department, and at the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, where he was assigned to district court to handle misdemeanors and felonies, including fraud cases.

Representative Client Work

  • Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition on behalf of commercial insurer carrier based upon on coverage issue where exposure exceeded $1 million
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition on behalf of commercial carrier in high-exposure subrogation case based upon trigger of interstate commerce clause of U.S. Constitution
  • Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition on behalf of international restaurant chain in foodborne illness case
  • Successfully defended trucking company in automobile negligence action involving catastrophic injuries, saving insured $3 million in potential exposure
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition in third-party automobile negligence action, arguing plaintiff did not suffer a “threshold” injury (MCL 500.3135(1)) even under the interpretation of “serious impairment of body function” articulated in McCormick v Carrier, 487 Mich 180; 795 NW2d 517 (2010)
  • Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition on behalf of store owner in premises liability/slip-and-fall case
  • Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition on behalf of corporations in automobile negligence claims
  • Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition on behalf of no-fault carriers regarding priority and coverage disputes
  • Successfully argued and obtained summary dismissal on behalf of insured client accused of fraud
  • Successfully argued motions for summary disposition on behalf of motor vehicle owners accused of negligence under the Michigan Owner's Liability Statute (MCL 257.401)
  • Successfully obtained voluntary dismissal after drafting and filing Motion for Summary Disposition on behalf of self-insured municipality in claim for no-fault benefits
  • Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition on behalf of insured driver in automobile negligence action, where Court ruled insured driver was not negligent as a matter of law
  • Successfully defended insurance company in property damage claim, saving $50,000

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Adjusters Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar

Community Involvement

  • Children's Tumor Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Gleaners Food Bank
  • Michigan Alumni Association
  • University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit


  • Certified Claims Professional, Insurance Fraud



  • Judge Marianne O. Battani, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2009


  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Cum Laude, J.D., 2011
  • University of Michigan, University Honors, B.A., 2005


  • Michigan, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2011


Honors & Recognitions

  • Michigan Super Lawyer in Personal Injury General: Defense, 2022
  • Michigan Rising Star in Personal Injury General Defense, Michigan Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication, 2015 - 2021
  • Up & Coming Lawyers Honoree, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2020
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law Review, Senior Associate Editor
  • Certificate of Merit: Torts, Criminal Law and Pre-Trial Skills
  • Raymond Burr Award
  • Leadership Achievement Award
  • American Bar Association Law Student Division, Vice President
  • Student Magistrate for Grade Appeals