Bio

Shelly Lee Griffin is a partner in Plunkett Cooney’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group. With over 25 years of experience, Ms. Griffin represents insurance companies in litigation involving property coverage, first-party and third-party property-casualty insurance, coverage disputes, and fraud and arson investigations.

An experienced trial attorney, Ms. Griffin is licensed to practice in Michigan’s state and federal courts. Her litigation practice also includes expertise in the areas of construction liability, employment law and multi-party complex litigation with particular expertise in gas explosion cases.

Ms. Griffin is a frequent speaker on insurance coverage topics for several professional, industry and trade organizations, and she is a content contributor to national insurance publications. Her professional memberships include the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, Property & Liability Resource Bureau, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, and Women Lawyers of Michigan.

In addition, Ms. Griffin is a longtime member of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU). Her involvement in IASIU includes the organization’s U.S. chapter, and she serves as the legal adviser to the Michigan chapter.

Noteworthy Cases

  • Dedivanaj, Nikola and Maria v Farm Bureau, 19—3549-CK, Macomb County Circuit Court; jury found no cause of action in water loss claim against insurer.
  • Brown, Johnnie v Allstate, 19-000227-CK, USDC, Wayne County Circuit Court; jury found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.
  • Verdun, Paul v Allstate, 2:17-cv-11729, USDC, Eastern District of Michigan; jury found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.
  • Banks-Williams, Krystal and Douglas v. Allstate, 2:16-cv-10052, USDC, Eastern District of Michigan; jury found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.
  • Sims, Valerie v. Allstate, 2:16-cv-10437, USDC, Eastern District of Michigan; jury found no cause of action found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.
  • Williams, Marcus v. Allstate, 2:14-cv-14552, USDC, Eastern District of Michigan; jury found no cause of action found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.
  • Reaves, Jacqueline v. Allstate, 2:14-cv-11258, USDC, Eastern District of Michigan; jury found no cause action found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.
  • Hudson, Erica v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 13-021302-CK-3, Saginaw County Circuit Court; jury found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.
  • Shaba, Rita v. Allstate 2:13-cv-10690, USDC, Eastern District of Michigan; jury found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.
  • Bell, Arthur v. Allstate 2:12-cv-14737; USDC, Eastern District of Michigan; jury found no cause of action in fire loss claim against insurer.

Noteworthy Appellate Cases

  • Banks-Williams, Krystal v Allstate Vehicle and Property Insurance Company: COA: 17-1797, (USDC 2:16-cv-10052) Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; appellate court upheld jury verdict.
  • Rizka, Nahid v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 16-1055, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, unpublished; (USDC 2:13-cv-14870); appellate court upheld lower court’s grant of summary disposition.
  • McCartha v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, COA:326689 (WCC: 14-006477-CZ) Michigan Court of Appeals, unpublished; appellate court upheld lower court’s grant of summary disposition.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • International Association of Special Investigations Units
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Property & Liability Resource Bureau

Areas of Practice

Credentials

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Michigan State University, B.S., 1989

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2000
  • Michigan, 1994

Honors/Awards

Honors & Recognitions

  • Women in the Law honoree, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2019

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