Attorney at Law Magazine's Detroit Personal Injury Local Legal Authority.
Norman Yatooma founded Norman Yatooma & Associates, P.C. in August of 2000, after leaving one of Michigan’s largest law firms, Butzel Long, P.C. In the last decade, Mr. Yatooma catapulted Norman Yatooma & Associates, P.C. to a preeminent and nationally recognized full-service law firm. Mr. Yatooma represents corporate and individual clients on a domestic and international level, personally concentrating his litigation practice in franchise, class action and corporate law.
Mr. Yatooma’s negotiation skills have also been utilized as a certified lobbyist, able to provide both public and private clients with quality, issue-based representation before Congress and the Executive Branch of Government. As a Director of Charities Advocating Responsible Solutions, Inc., he worked with non-profit clients to oppose legislation that would have had a significantly negative effect on charitable giving throughout the country.
Mr. Yatooma has represented hundreds of businesses and individuals throughout the world in both litigation and transactional work. Mr. Yatooma has litigated for or against several Fortune 500 companies and other corporate heavy weights throughout his career.
Mr. Yatooma has been published countless times for his accomplishments. He has been interviewed by 60 Minutes, Fox National News, ABC, CBS, and NBC Affiliates, as well as People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Money Magazine, Fortune Small Business, CNBC Business News, INC. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Associated Press, Newsweek, BE Magazine, Bloomberg News, The Franchise Times, Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit News, and Detroit Free Press, among many others. Mr. Yatooma was also named one of the top “Forty under Forty” by Crain’s Detroit Business which annually honors 40 people under the age of 40 for their outstanding business achievements in Michigan.
Mr. Yatooma practices in all Michigan trial and appellate courts, as well as before federal courts and arbitration panels across the United States. He has been admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, as well as before the federal courts of Florida, California, Utah, and Louisiana, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, and before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Yatooma is an active member of the Litigation, Franchise Law, Business Law, and Real Estate Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Yatooma is also a former Co-Chairman of the National Business Advisory Council.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Mr. Yatooma has continued to maintain his standing in the community through his involvement in many charitable organizations, including his role as Founder and President of Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids founded in the name and memory of his late father. The foundation was founded in honor and loving memory of Manuel S. Yatooma who was murdered in the City of Detroit in 1993. Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids Mission operates under the mission statement of bringing tenderness to tragedy and turning tragedy into triumph for kids who have lost a parent. It was an incredible accomplishment for Yatooma to take something as horrific as his father’s murder and see it manifested into a multi-faceted charity that provides a full gamut of services from paying rent and other bills for the family to providing grief counselors – all at no cost to the recipients.
Mr. Yatooma also serves as Chairman and President of Charity Motors, Inc., Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association, Advisory Board Member of the Anti-Defamation League, Advisory Board Member of Oak Park Business and Education Alliance, Board Member of the Band of Angels, and Council Member of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Advisory Council. Additionally, Mr. Yatooma conducts regular public speaking engagements for various community groups, has served as a program participant on Citadel’s 760 AM radio station WJR’s “Call For Action,” and as a guest speaker/lecturer for multiple not for profit organizations.
Mr. Yatooma graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and minors in Communications and English Writing from Taylor University, where he received the United States Achievement Academy’s All-American Scholar and National Collegiate Student Government Awards, among several others. Above all his accomplishments and awards, Norman states that his greatest accomplishment is being a loving husband to his wife Nicole, his sweetheart since elementary school, and proud father of four, Olivia, Gabriella, Sophia, and Ava. When asked to name the accomplishment of which he is proudest, he replies “Having four daughters and having them all look like my wife.”
As you go about your daily routine, it’s likely you will come across scenarios where you could suffer an injury. Maybe you are grocery shopping, dining at your favorite restaurant, or driving in your car. A Detroit personal injury attorney represents those who have been injured because of another party’s carelessness, negligence, or willful disregard of others. These wrongful acts are more formally referred to as torts. When you suffer harm as a result of another party, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden which often accompanies an injury because of medical expenses and lost wages. A licensed personal injury attorney in Detroit can help you seek the compensation you deserve in civil court. Although personal injury attorneys deal with tort law, they often specialize in one or more areas. The following list is not exhaustive but includes three broad types of cases Detroit personal injury lawyers handle on a day-to-day basis.
Each year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates more than six million traffic collisions are reported to law enforcement, including more than 35,000 fatal crashes, and about 2.5 million injuries. A skilled Detroit accident attorney can help investigate your accident and build a strong case against the defense to hold at-fault drivers accountable. Traffic accidents can include truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. When high speeds are involved, victims who are lucky enough to live through an accident, potentially face lifelong complications.
In all 50 U.S. states, property owners have the legal obligation to maintain a safe environment for those who visit their business and home. Although exact laws vary from state to state, when a property owner fails to uphold his legal obligation and someone suffers an injury, courts often find the owner liable for damages in civil court. Premises liability accidents include a wide variety of accidents based on location and the type of injury. Victims might get injured at a swimming pool, a theme park, on an elevator, at a shopping mall, and many other locations. The most common type of premises liability accident is a slip-and-fall injury or a trip-and-fall injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, besides traffic accidents, is unintentional falls.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) records and maintains millions of complaints of injuries caused by defective products each year. A defective product might have a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a marketing defect, which occurs when companies don’t warn consumers of dangerous products or provide proper instructions. When a known or unknown defect causes injury to a consumer, courts can hold any party in the product’s chain of distribution liable for damages. The CPSC is concerned with all types of household items, sports equipment, toxic and flammable chemicals, toys, and much more, but they do not serve as a watchdog for the automotive industry or the pharmaceutical. Defective airbags and defective tires have been a common cause of injury or death, as well as dangerous drugs.
With how many fatalities and injuries happen every year due to personal injury accidents, it is good to have a Detroit personal injury attorney on dial in your time of need. Many accidents have a procedure to follow to guarantee you the best results in your case. Don’t trust your knowledge, schedule a free consultation today.