ANTHONY J. McEACHERN is a Partner with Vandeveer Garzia. His practice is focused on First-Party automotive claims, third-party bodily injury claims, premises liability, fire loss and general negligence. He graduated law school with Distinction from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008. In addition, he holds a Masters Degree in American Legal History from Wayne University, and graduated cum laude from The University of Detroit with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He is admitted to practice law in Michigan and Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Sixth and First United States Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. McEachern was a licensed Private Detective working on behalf of insurance carriers and self-insured entities throughout the State of Michigan. As an attorney, he has amassed experience ranging from Federal Appellate practice, to providing pro bono immigration legal services in association with the Archdiocese of Detroit, as well as working on behalf of a U.S. automotive manufacturer coordinating discovery strategy on complex automotive products and mass tort litigation.
University of Detroit, B. A., History
Wayne State University, M.S., American Legal History
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, with distinction, J.D. 2008
State Bar of Michigan 2008
State Bar of Illinois
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
State Bar of Michigan
State Bar of Illinois
Trial victory for Vandeveer Garzia attorneys
Dari v Dari
Anthony McEachern and Ashley Slaght obtained a no cause of action in a jury trial seeking automobile negligence damages. The case was tried before Washtenaw Circuit Court Judge David S. Swartz. The matter involved a single car accident involving a husband and wife. The husband struck a tree in an effort to avoid hitting deer crossing the road. The wife then sued her husband alleging injury to her left knee, neck, and back as well as a closed head injury as a result of the accident. Prior to trial, the Defendant admitted negligence. At trial, the wife maintained that she was no longer able to enjoy walks at the park, gardening, or hosting family and social events. The daughter also testified as to her mother’s inability to do basic tasks and the effect her injury has had as the matriarch of the family. Ashely Slaght’s opening statement provided the jury with a finely crafted narrative of the curious nature of the lawsuit where one spouse was suing the other with respect to a motor vehicle accident. Ashley cross-examination of the plaintiff’s daughter providing further evidence to the jury that plaintiff’s damage claim was questionable. The first witness called by the defense was a private investigator. A surveillance video was played to the jury which further supported our position. The surveillance video taken less than a week prior to trial showed performing tasks that she testified she could no longer do such as driving, bending, and twisting. Over the course of the three day trial, attorneys McEachern and Slaght highlighted for the jury evidence that undercut the plaintiff’s claims. The jury deliberated for a short period of time before finding Plaintiff was not injured in the accident.
Tony McEachern and Samantha Boyd prevail on their Motion for Summary Disposition
Colonel Lee v Sandra Guiles v The Lange Agency, LLC
Tony McEachern and Samantha Boyd represented Third-Party Defendant, The Lange Agency, an Allstate Insurance Agency in a lawsuit pending in Genesee County. The Third-Party Plaintiff claimed that our client was negligent in failing to provide coverage for a vehicle that was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The Third-Party Plaintiff claimed that she had the vehicle taken out of storage and had instructed The Lange Agency to have the vehicle covered under a policy she alleged was still active. In discovery, we were able to proof that the Third-Party Plaintiff had placed the car in storage and never had it covered again under an Allstate policy. We obtained email communications, phone records, information on how customer communications were stored, as well as Affidavits from the agency employees that dealt with the Third-Party Plaintiff confirming she never had the car taken out of storage and in fact admitted in an email she was driving it without insurance.
Samantha Boyd prepared a Motion for Summary Disposition which was argued before Judge Judith Fullerton by Tony McEachern. At the motion hearing, Tony also argued that Plaintiff had violated the Michigan Court Rules by failing to file a proper Response in Opposition along with supportive affidavits under MCR 2.116 and 2.119. Judge Fullerton granted our Motion for Summary Disposition dismissing the claim against our client with prejudice.
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