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Patrick Jerome Derkacz
  • Insurance Claims, Personal Injury, Probate ...
  • Michigan, Western District Federal court - Michigan
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Summary

Patrick Derkacz grew up in Warren, Michigan where he attended public school. He graduated from Warren Mott High school in 1984 where he played football. He then went to Eastern Michigan University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 1988. After graduation he worked as an analytical chemist for the Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Division in Ann Arbor, Michigan for several years.

Mr. Derkacz went back to law school at the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University Law School) in 1990. He graduated from DCL with Honors in 1993. While in Law School he participated in the Moot Court Program and was a member of the team that attended the Benjamin J. Cardozo competition in New York City. Mr. Derkacz was selected as the best Oralist in both the preliminary and final rounds.

After graduating from DCL he worked briefly for several firms doing insurance defense work on premises liability and then professional liability cases. He then accepted a position with a Plaintiff’s firm focusing exclusively on medical malpractice cases. Mr. Derkacz spent the next five years helping people who were injured as result of substandard medical care.

In 2006 Mr. Derkacz joined with Partners Phil Serafini and Jeff Michalowski to form Serafini, Michalowksi, Derkacz and Associates while devoting his practice to Disability Insurance claims and cases. He has spent the last 12+ years helping people fight to get their Disability Insurance Benefits paid. During this time He has handled hundreds of disability claims against almost every disability insurance company including Cigna, Aetna, The Hartford, MetLife, UNUM, Lincoln Financial, Madison National and others.

Practice Areas
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Video Chat and Conferencing
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
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Eastern District Federal Court - Michigan
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Western District Federal court - Michigan
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Education
Michigan State University College of Law
J.D. | Law
Honors: cum laude
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Eastern Michigan University
B.S.
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Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar  # 48988
Member
Current
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Oakland County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Michigan Association of Justice
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Macomb County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
"The Nuts & Bolts of Long Term Disability", Michigan Lawyers Weekly, November 2012
Websites & Blogs
Website
Patrick Jerome Derkacz' Website Profile
Website
Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates, P.C. Website
Blog
Michigan Lawyer Blog
Blog
Long Term Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog
Contact & Map
Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates, P.C.
44444 Mound Rd
#100
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Toll-Free: (866) 529-3537
Telephone: (586) 264-3756
Fax: (586) 264-3783
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