Stephen H. Sinas
Stephen Sinas is a trial lawyer who is dedicated to the pursuit of civil justice. Stephen works vigorously to recover fair compensation for persons who are seriously injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of others. In particular, he represents those who are injured or killed in crashes involving motor vehicles, semi-trucks, motorcycles and bicycles.
Stephen’s practice also litigates against insurance companies that wrongfully deny payment to medical providers and their injured patients under Michigan’s No-Fault Act. In addition, he represents persons who have had their constitutional rights violated by the government.
Stephen is a partner at Sinas Dramis, which was founded by his grandfather in 1951. His family’s history of legal excellence further deepens Stephen’s passion, purpose and insight as an attorney. Early in his career, Stephen was named a “Top 5 Under 35″ attorney by the Ingham County Bar Association. For several years, he has also been consistently named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury.
Additionally, Stephen is an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law, where he teaches a course on Michigan’s auto no-fault system. He is also a co-creator and editor of the “No-Fault Red Book Online,” an online legal resource that covers developments in auto no-fault law. Stephen has also presented numerous lectures and published articles on personal injury and civil justice matters.
As part of his practice, Stephen is committed to helping the brain injury community, and serves on the board of the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council (MBIPC). He is also Associate General Counsel for the Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN), a member of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) and its Executive Committee, and a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Character & Fitness Committee (District E).
Stephen also makes it a point to help educate the public about their legal rights. He regularly appears on Lansing FOX 47’s “Morning Blend” television program, talking about practical topics that affect Michigan residents, like auto insurance coverage, dog bite laws, distracted driving, and much more.
Stephen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he double-majored in Economics and English Literature and minored in Modern Greek Language and Culture. He earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. Stephen and his family live in East Lansing. His personal interests include music and athletics. He regularly participates in endurance athletic events and has successfully completed several marathons.
Michigan Association for Justice – executive board member & People’s Law School Committee chair
Ingham County Bar Association – board member, 2017-2018
Ingham County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section – board member
State Bar of Michigan – Character & Fitness District E Committee
Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) – associate general counsel
Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council (MBIPC) – board member
“The Intersection of the Affordable Care Act and the Michigan No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act” – published as part of a compilation titled “Troubleshooting the Affordable Care Act,” State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section, 2015.
“Moody v Home-Owners: What Does This Case Mean for Medical Providers?” – Michigan Association for Justice Quarterly Journal, Spring 2014.
“Deciphering Two Related Concepts: No-Fault PIP Causation Law and the Decision in Griffith v State Farm” – Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, 2010
“Fischer v Blakenship & the Seriousness of Permanent Disfigurement” – Michigan Association for Justice, Nov. 2009 Advance Sheet
“The Legal Rights of Michigan Citizens Have Been Limited by Recent Decisions of the Michigan Supreme Court” – State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2007
Co-Creator and editor of the “No-Fault Red Book Online,” a website dedicated to covering all appellate decisions regarding the Michigan Auto No-Fault Law.
“The State of No-Fault Insurance in Michigan” – Michigan Lawyers Weekly live webinar, July 2017
“Auto No-Fault 101” Town Hall, May 2017
Evidentiary Hurdles in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases – 4th Annual No-Fault Summit (ICLE), April 2017
The Continuing Evolution of No-Fault Causation Law: PIP and Tort Cases – MAJ No-Fault Institute, September 2016
To Deny or Not Deny Attorney Fees: What Is Reasonable? – 3rd Annual No-Fault Summit (ICLE), April 2016
Auto No-Fault Update for Trauma Surgeons – Michigan College of Trauma Surgeons, November 2015
Auto No-Fault Update – CPAN Town Hall – Detroit, November 2015
Michigan Auto No-Fault Update for Medical Professionals – Mary Free Bed Spinal Cord Injury Symposium, October 2015
Overview of the Affordable Care Act and its Intersection with the Michigan No-Fault Law – People’s Law School, Lansing, October 2015
The Current Status of PIP Causation Law – MAJ No-Fault Institute, September 2015
Michigan No-Fault Update – ICLE On-Demand Seminar, September 2015
Panelist – Auto No-Fault Town Hall (organized by Michigan State Rep. Henry Yanez), September 2015
Auto No-Fault for Nursing Professionals – Michigan Nurses Association, September 2015
Auto No-Fault Update – CPAN Town Hall, Livonia, Michigan, August 2015
Depositions for Medical Professionals – Brain Injury Association of Michigan Legal Conference, June 2015
Overview of the Michigan No-Fault System – Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, May 2015
Third-Party Auto Threshold Update – MAJ Rapid Fire Seminar, May 2015
Social Media for Practicing Attorneys – ICLE On-Demand Seminar, April 2015
Damages in PIP Cases: Understanding the Reasonable Charge Requirement – ICLE No-Fault Summit, April 2015
Auto No-Fault Update, CPAN Town Hall – Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2015
In-Service Training – Hope Network, April 2015
The Admire Problem – STRIVE Recreational Therapy In-Service Seminar, April 2015
Auto No-Fault 101 for Lawyers – Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Expand Your Practice series, February 2015
Auto No-Fault Law for Legal Assistants and Paralegals – National Association of Legal Secretaries, February 2015
Understanding the Auto No-Fault World – Arcadia Home Health Care In-Service Seminar, January 2015
Understanding the Auto No-Fault World – Ambrose Rehabilitation Consultants In-Service Seminar, January 2015
The Affordable Care Act and Its Implications – People’s Law School, East Lansing, 2014
Allowable Expense Benefits: Understanding §3107(1)(a) – Coalition for Protecting Auto No-Fault’s “Admire Workshop III”, 2014
Auto No-Fault First-Party Update On-Demand Webinar (Panelist) – Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2014
Admire v AutoOwners, Supreme Court Summer Seminar, 2013
Price v High-Pointe Oil Company – State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section’s Supreme Court Summer Seminar, 2013.
Health Care Law Basics and the Affordable Care Act – People’s Law School, East Lansing, 2013
First-Party No-Fault Update 2013 – On Demand Seminars, 2013
Affordable Care Act Basics for Auto No-Fault Attorneys – No-Fault Institute X, 2013
Tort Liens & Subrogation – Intersection: The Michigan No-Fault Law & The Federal Affordable Care Act, 2013
Beyond Admire: Recent Court of Appeals Cases Regarding the Everyday Living Needs of the Catastrophically Injured – CPAN Admire Workshop, 2013
Constitutional Law & Civil Rights Litigation – People’s Law School, East Lansing, 2012
Johnson v Recca – Michigan Association for Justice’s “No-Fault Institute”, 2012.
No-Fault Law Update – Upper Michigan Legal Institute, 2011
No-Fault PIP Causation Law – Michigan Association for Justice Seminar in the Snow, 2011
No-Fault PIP Causation Jury Instructions – Michigan Association for Justice’s “No-Fault Institute”, 2010.
Awards & Recognition
Leading Lawyers – 2018 Peer Selected
Michigan Super Lawyer – 2013-2018
“Top 5 Under 35” – Ingham County Bar Association, 2013
Winner – Michigan State Bar Negligence Section Law School Writing Competition, 2007
B.A., University of Michigan, Economics and English Literature, 2004
J.D., Wayne State University Law School, 2007