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“Our first role as a lawyer is to explain things to people and let them know that we’re there to cover these difficult insurance claims or legal issues so that they can focus on what matters. They can focus on getting better. They can focus on taking care of their loved ones and know that these other issues are going to be handled by us.” ~ Bryan Waldman

Bryan J. Waldman

Bryan Waldman is the President of Sinas Dramis Law Firm. He believes that, in order to provide the best representation for people, it is necessary to learn about the things that make each person unique. As a result, Bryan accepts a small number of cases and spends a significant amount of time getting to know his clients, which often results in close relationships that last long after their case is over.

In his words, “It is a lawyer’s job to tell a judge or jury how an incident or injury has affected a person’s life. A lawyer can’t do this without knowing what makes each client the person they are. Everyone has a unique story, from how they were raised, what they have done at home, at work, their hobbies, or relationships they have built with friends and family. Fortunately, as part of my job, I get to learn from my client’s experiences in life, which I truly believe has made me a better lawyer and a better person.”

In 2003, Bryan obtained a significant jury verdict more than three times larger than any other personal injury verdict in mid-Michigan at the time. However, beyond monetary results, Bryan says the most rewarding verdicts he has received for his clients are cases where the jury has awarded the exact relief he requested during his closing argument.

“When a jury does what you ask them to do, without discounting it, they are saying, ‘I trust you and I believe you.’ That is my goal as a lawyer. I want everyone I encounter – judges, jurors, and most importantly, my clients, to know I’ve done my homework. I’m presenting things in a way that is honest and exposes the truth,” Waldman says.

Bryan is an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law where he teaches a course in Michigan’s Auto No-Fault Law. He has also served as a guest lecturer on litigation topics at Wayne State University Law School and University of Michigan Law School. Bryan is a member of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, a union of professionals affiliated with AFT-Michigan.

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Over the course of his career, numerous publications have recognized Bryan’s work. In this regard, he has been included in the publication Best Lawyers in America, in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation, every year since 2007. He was also selected as the publication’s Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Personal Injury (Lansing, Michigan) in 2015, 2017, 2020, and 2022. Michigan Super Lawyers also named Bryan to its annual lists in the years 2006-2008, and 2011-present. Leading Lawyers has recognized Bryan every year since 2016 in the areas of personal injury and product liability law.

Bryan is a Cooperating Attorney for the ACLU of Michigan and in this capacity has co-counseled a number of significant civil rights cases. As part of the firm’s belief that Michigan residents have the right to know the laws designed to help protect them, Bryan also regularly appears on WLNS 6 “Legal Edge” with Chivon Kloepfer. Topics cover many little-known laws that often spark confusion or controversy in the Lansing community and beyond.

Connect with Bryan Waldman


Email: bryanwaldman@sinasdramis.com
Phone: 517-394-7500
Toll Free: 866-758-0031

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In 2007, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Bryan to the Michigan Civil Service Commission and shortly thereafter,  the other Commissioners elected Bryan as the Chair of the Civil Service Commission. He served as Chair until July 2008. Bryan served as  President of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (currently Michigan Association for Justice) in 2003-2004 and continues to serve on the organization’s executive committee. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bryan also sits as a council member for the State Bar of Michigan – Negligence Section.

An avid cyclist, Bryan also diligently advocates for the rights of Michigan bicyclists. Much of his practice is dedicated to representing cyclists and educating the non-cycling community about safety and bicyclists’ rights. Specifics about his bicycle law practice can be found at MichiganBicycleLaw.com. Bryan also serves on the Board of the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

Noteworthy Cases

A Few of Bryan’s Notable Recent Results

$10,680,000 Jury verdict for the wrongful death of a 43-year-old divorced father of three caused by medical malpractice.
$8,000,000 Semi-truck-automobile collision resulting in a 76-year-old retired steelworker sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury, and his wife sustaining numerous orthopedic and soft-tissue injuries.
$3,800,000 Settlement for woman hit by a company truck who failed to yield the right-of-way at an intersection. Our client sustained multiple lower extremity injuries, internal injuries, head trauma, and traumatically induced stroke.
$1,850,000 Toxic tort judgment for four healthcare workers who sustained respiratory injuries when a construction company negligently applied a cement sealant on a sidewalk below the air intake vents at a hospital, causing toxic fumes to enter the hospital’s ventilation system.
$1,500,000 Jackson county bicycle/automobile collision resulting in a traumatic brain injury and a cervical spine injury requiring surgery to an 8 year-old boy.
$1,260,000 Motorcycle/automobile collision resulting in numerous orthopedic injuries to a 42 year-old skilled tradesman.
$1,000,000 Jury verdict for wrongful death of a 54 year-old with paranoid schizophrenia due to negligence of a nursing home.
$1,000,000 Lenawee County semi-truck/automobile collision resulting in wrongful death of a 57 year-old truck driver.
$1,000,000 Eaton County bicycle/automobile collision resulting in wrongful death.
$750,000 Automobile collision causing numerous orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury to a 71 year-old woman.
$600,000 Motorcycle/automobile collision causing a 41 year-old to sustain a fractured wrist.
$500,000 Semi-truck/semi-truck collision causing a 51 year-old man to suffer aggravation of neck and back injuries.

These are just a few of Bryan’s results on behalf of his clients. More of the firm’s results can be found here.

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Media Appearances and Interviews

As a well-respected attorney, Bryan’s expertise and knowledge in personal injury law and bicycle accident litigation is often called upon to help clarify certain aspects of the law.

Other appearances in the media and news:

Does Michigan Have the Weakest Distracted Driving Laws in the U.S.? (2019) – WKFR cites an article written by Bryan Waldman about Michigan’s weak distracted driving laws.

Bryan Waldman Talks Michigan Bicycle Laws On Radio Show (2017) — Bryan Waldman appeared on Michigan Radio’s “Morning Edition” program, where he talked about the ongoing legislative efforts to improve Michigan bicycle laws. 

Bike Law Specialist Rides To Promote Charity Event (2017) — Bryan Waldman’s 350-mile bicycle ride to the Lids for Kids bike helmet giveaway in Traverse City was covered by Michigan Lawyers Weekly 

Open-and-Obvious Defense Extended to Municipalities (2017) — Bryan Waldman was interviewed by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for this article on Michigan’s new sidewalk law (2017) 

Death on the Tracks: Questions Raised on Signals at Rail Crossings (2004) – Bryan was interviewed by The New York Times regarding his handling of a railroad crossing malfunction case 

Bryan regularly appears on WLNS 6 “Legal Edge” to discuss various aspects of the law.  Below are some of his most recent segments. You can watch all episodes of “Legal Edge” here.

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Section — Council Member
  • Michigan Association for Justice — Member & Past President
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – Member
  • Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN)
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Foundation — Fellow
  • American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO – Member
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Illinois

Education

B.A., Michigan State University, 1988
J.D., Wayne State University, 1992

Admissions

Michigan, 1992
Illinois, 2008

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation (Lansing, Michigan) – 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation (Lansing, Michigan) – 2020
  • Leading Lawyers – 2016-present
  • Michigan Super Lawyer — 2006-2008 & 2011-present
  • AV Preeminent Rating — Martindale-Hubbell, 2006-present
  • Michigan Cyclist of the Year — Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC), 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation (Lansing, Michigan) – 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation (Lansing, Michigan) – 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America — Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation – listed every year since 2007
  • Leading Lawyers – Michigan — “Top 100 Leading Lawyer,” “Top 100 Outstate (Non-Detroit Metro) Lawyer” & “Top 100 Consumer Lawyer”
  • Bicycle Advocacy Award — League of Michigan Bicyclists, 2013

Speaking Engagements

2021
  • Effective Cross-Examination (And Direct Examination of the Unruly Witness), Grand Rapids Bar Association – February 2021
2020
Previous Years
  • “Bike Law” – Down River Cycling Club, December 2015
  • “Bike Law Michigan” – Rapid Wheelmen, November 2015
  • “Bicycle Law Basics” – Clinton River Riders Bicycle Club, October 2015
  • “The 3116 PIP Tort Lien: Tactics to Avoid or Lessen the Lien” – MAJ No-Fault Institute XII, Southfield, Michigan, September 2015
  • “Bike Law 101 & 201” – North American Bicycle Show, Detroit, Michigan, March 2015
  • Third-Party Auto Negligence Webinar – Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), September 2014 (moderator)
  • Third-Party Auto Negligence Webinar – ICLE, January 2014 (moderator)
  • Michigan Bicycle Law – Tri-County Bicycle Association, May 2014
  • Michigan Bicycle Law – People’s Law School, October 2013
  • No-Fault Institute: VII, Fighting Section 3116 Tort Liens – Michigan Association for Justice, September 2010
  • Depositions and Disability Evaluations – Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2009
  • Developing Damages – Michigan Association for Justice Annual meeting Seminar, 2009
  • Trial Tips in Premises Liability Cases – MAJ Premises Liability Evening Forum
  • Jury Selection in An Automobile Negligence Case – MAJ No-Fault Institute
  • “Thinking Outside the Tort Reform Box” – 60th Annual Melvin Belli Seminar, Chicago, Illinois, July 2007
  • “Truck Liability Cases” – No-Fault Institute IV, June 2007
  • “Getting Paid Promptly: What Should You Know?” – Auto No-Fault Seminar, CPAN, February 2007
  • “Exposing the Rogue Truck Driver” – 59th Annual Melvin Belli Seminar, Seattle, Washington, July 2006
  • “Attendant Care Claims: What Should Be Included and How Should It Be Valued?” – No-Fault Institute III, MAJ, June 2006
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, co-Moderator – May 2006
  • Estate of Abdul-Baki v Phillip Sorensen, MD: Representing Arabic Plaintiffs Post -9/11″ – 58th Annual Melvin Belli Seminar, July 2005
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, co-Moderator – May 2005
  • “Trucking Claims: Identifying Issues and Developing Tactics” – No-Fault Institute II, April 2005
  • “Room and Board: Incremental Expense Doctrine After Griffith” – No-Fault Institute II, April 2005
  • “Damages: Making the Most of Your Case” – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Advocacy Seminar, March 2005
  • “Trial Techniques” – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Seminar, December 2004
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, co-Moderator – May 2004
  • Ultimate Advocacy Seminar, co-Moderator – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, December 2003
  • “Friend or Foe: Attorney/Case Manager Interactions” – Mosby’s Medical Case Management Convention (joint presentation with Susan Wisser, RN, MSN, CCM), September 2003
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, co-Moderator – May 2003
  • “How Do You Make and Litigate Home Modification and Van Claims?” – No-Fault Institute I, March 2003
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, co-Moderator – May 2002
  • “Trucking Accidents: Identifying Issues and Developing Tactics” – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Auto Negligence Extravaganza, January 2002
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, co-Moderator – May 2001
  • “Suing Allstate for Bad Faith” – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association – How to Hammer Allstate II, March 2001
  • “Protect Your No-Fault Benefits: Do a PIP Check-Up Now!” – Brain Injury Association of Michigan Annual Conference (joint presentation with George Sinas and Catherine Groll), October 2000
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, co-Moderator – April 2000
  • “Legal Issues Affecting Case Management in Michigan” – presentation to Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Flint chapters of the Case Management Society of Michigan, March 2000, May 2000, August 2000
  • “The Odd Couple: Case Manager – Attorney Interactions” – Mosby’s Medical Case Management Convention (joint presentation with Susan Wisser, RN, MSN), September 1999
  • “Premises Liability Case Strategies and Defenses,” “Open and Obvious Dangers and Foreseeable Acts of Third Parties” – Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), June 1999
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, co-Moderator – April 1999
  • “Privileges and Immunities Under Michigan Law” – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar in the Snow,  February 1999
  • “An Overview of Michigan Premises Liability Law” – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar: The Nuts and Bolts of Personal Injury Practice, November 1998👕
  • “Michigan Premises Liability Law: The Open and Obvious Danger Doctrine” – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting Seminar, May 1998
  • “Michigan Premises Liability Law: The Open and Obvious Danger Doctrine” – Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar in the Snow, February 1998

Publications

The Legal Handbook for Michigan Cyclists — 2020 Update

“Michigan Premises Liability Law: The Open and Obvious Danger Doctrine,” Michigan Bar Journal, June 1999, vol. 78, no. 6