About The Law Offices of Anthony M. Malizia
Attorney Malizia is a highly competent and experienced attorney who has been practicing medical malpractice law for over 30 years. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest rating given by this most premier national organization which rates attorney competence. He has been listed in Detroit’s DBusiness Journal as a “Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit,” in Medical Malpractice Law. Both the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association refer medical malpractice clients to his office.
Anthony Malizia has recovered many millions of dollars for his medical malpractice clients over the course of more than 30 years of practice. He has successfully completed hundreds of these cases and reviewed thousands more. They have included birth trauma cases on behalf of injured newborn babies, wrongful death cases, catastrophic injury cases, and other injuries caused by medical negligence. Many of these recoveries have been in the “seven-figure” range.
He has been appointed by numerous Circuit Courts as a Case Evaluator. A Case Evaluator is a senior, experienced attorney who is appointed by judges of the courts to sit on panels which review and evaluate medical malpractice cases for the purpose of making recommendations for settlement to the court. Attorney Malizia has sat on these panels in the Circuit Courts of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Genesee Counties.
Attorney Malizia is a trained Mediator, Facilitator, Arbitrator, and Case Evaluator. He has been chosen by numerous colleague attorneys to mediate, facilitate, and arbitrate their individual cases. Because of his reputation, knowledge and experience, he has been appointed by judges in Oakland County to serve as a Special Facilitator to assist them in resolving a wide variety of cases on their dockets.
Attorney Malizia is a US Military Veteran. He holds a Commercial Airplane Pilot’s License with Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings. He has been an active general aviation pilot and aircraft owner for many years. Although the large majority of his practice is medical malpractice, he also handles other negligence cases, including aviation accidents.
Mr. Malizia is a member of many professional organizations, including the following:
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- AAJ Medical Malpractice Forum
- AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group
- AAJ Professional Negligence Section
- Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ)
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- ABA – Litigation Section
- ABA – Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
- State Bar of Michigan – Negligence Law
- Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
- AAJ Aviation Law Section
- ABA – Air and Space Law Forum
- State Bar of Michigan – Aviation Law
- National Association of Flight Instructors
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
- Special Facilitator for Oakland County Circuit Court
- Case Evaluator for the Circuit Courts of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Genesee Counties
Medical Malpractice cases are much more complicated and difficult than ordinary negligence cases and therefore require an attorney with special expertise.
I have been practicing Medical Malpractice Law for over 30 years. I have been awarded the highest rating for attorney competence which is “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the premier national source for rating attorney performance. My expertise in Medical Malpractice Law has again been recognized by Detroit’s DBusiness Journal. They named me one of the Top Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Metro Detroit. Both the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association refer Medical Malpractice Clients to my office.
In my 30 plus years of practice, I have handled hundreds of cases and recovered many millions of dollars for my injured clients. All of the important aspects of each case are handled by myself personally – client interviews, court appearances, settlement negotiations, and courtroom trials when necessary, unlike some other firms. Associates and assistants perform only routine aspects of each case.
There is no substitute for more than 30 years of experience with excellent results on hundreds of my own cases. However, I have also spent many years reviewing and evaluating the medical malpractice cases of my fellow attorneys in my role as a Medical Malpractice Case Evaluator for the Michigan Courts in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Genesee. Although I am paid by the courts for performing this function for them, a much more important motivation for me is to broaden my experience base through the in-depth evaluation and critique of the medical malpractice litigation work of other attorneys.
Choosing the right attorney to handle your Medical Malpractice Case is extremely important for maximum results. Searching for a Medical Malpractice Lawyer on the internet or on other high volume media sources such as television or the Yellow Pages can be very misleading. Millions of dollars are spent by these advertisers to appear on the first page of the internet search engine, or to inundate prime-time TV with advertising, or on billboards, often with inflated and tenuous claims of success. Just because they appear first on the internet page, or on TV or pay for large Yellow Pages ads has little to do with whether or not they are competent Medical Malpractice Lawyers. Further, many, if not most of these advertisers are not medical malpractice lawyers at all, but merely advertise for the purpose of passing these cases along to others for large and unearned "brokers" fees of up to 40%. You are paying for their large advertising budgets through the attorney fees they charge you.
Along with technical competence, an excellent Medical Malpractice Lawyer must be knowledgeable and compassionate to the suffering of their client. Every Medical Malpractice case involves serious injury and heartbreak. A close attorney-client relationship must be formed to find answers so as to understand what happened, seek justice, and adequate compensation.
Our firm schedules after-hours and weekend appointments for the convenience of our clients. I am readily available to my clients by telephone, email, or office conference. Our phone is monitored after hours and on weekends. Your call will be promptly returned. When necessary, we will schedule visits with clients at home or in a hospital or nursing home. Our practice is statewide - we have handled cases in Sault Ste. Marie, Alpena, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Monroe, etc.
I am compassionate and caring about my clients and their cases. It would be and honor and a privilege to work for you.
-Anthony M. Malizia
About Our Fees
Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Attorney fees are billed on either an hourly fee basis or on a contingency basis, and the client can choose between the two. The contingency fee is a percentage of the net* monetary recovery. It is paid to the attorney only if there is a recovery. If the case is unsuccessful, then there will be no attorney fee and the attorney earns nothing. The vast majority of personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.
Our court system sets limits on contingent attorney fees in Michigan. Attorneys are allowed to charge any percentage amount up to a maximum of one-third of the total net* recovery. The client is responsible for paying the costs of litigation, but the attorney is allowed to advance these costs to the client during the course of litigation. Our office policy is to advance costs for each of our medical malpractice clients. Some firms charge interest on the amounts advanced to the client – our firm does not.
The actual percentage amount of any contingency fee to be charged to the client can only be arrived at after evaluating each case. Among the factors to be considered in settling the contingency fee are: what is the potential amount of recovery, what is the likelihood of success, what is the degree of difficulty of the case, how much attorney time and staff time will be required, etc.
All of these factors will be discussed with the client at the first meeting with the attorney to arrive at a fair contingency fee percentage. If the client prefers hourly billing, that fee will also be determined at the first attorney-client meeting.
*Net amount is arrived at by deducting the out-of-pocket costs of litigation such as the cost for medical records, expert investigators, deposition transcript fees, court filing fees, etc., from the gross amount of recovery.