CMSChristine M. Sutton
Senior Attorney
Farmington Hills, MI
P:248-324-2620
F:248-324-2610
CMSutton@kopkalaw.com
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Christine M. Sutton’s practice involves all aspects of insurance coverage and defense in auto and property matters, with a focus on fraud investigation, litigation and appellate work. She has extensive experience defending insurance carriers in first-party claims under the Michigan No-Fault Act, representing carriers in affirmative causes of action against medical providers where there is a suspicion of fraudulent practices, litigating declaratory actions to determine policy coverage and handling subrogation matters.

Christine has conducted investigations of insurance claims and fraud rings, including taking examinations under oath and providing clients with legal opinions regarding policy coverage, rescission issues and questions of law on specific claims and fraud schemes. She has represented insurance carriers before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.

During law school, Christine received a scholarship from the Women’s Law Association and actively participated in the Moot Court program, representing the school at the National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition in Minneapolis and coaching two moot court teams at the National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition in New York. She also served as a Judicial Intern to Magistrate Judge Vernelis K. Armstrong at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

ADMISSIONS
Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

EDUCATION
University of Toledo College of Law, J.D.
Michigan State University, B.A., International Relations

APPELLATE OPINIONS

  • Burris v. Allstate Insurance Company, 480 Mich. 1081, 745 N.W.2d 101 (2008) (reversing the Court of Appeals’ decision and reinstating the trial court’s Order for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict in Part because the plaintiff did not establish that the attendant care expenses were “incurred” as the attendant care providers did not expect compensation for their services).
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Broe Rehabilitation Services, 289 Mich. App. 277; 811 N.W.2d 1 (2010) (No-Fault insurer had standing to bring declaratory action for discovery under MCL 500.3158 and 500.3159 against a medical provider with a history of fraudulent practices).