Friday, September 20, 2013

Prominent Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz urges legislators to pass ban on "ambulance chasing"

Prominent Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz urges legislators to pass ban on "ambulance chasing"

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz endorsed legislation that protects accident victims from lawyers engaged in "ambulance chasing" and urged the Michigan Legislature to adopt it as law.


Kayrouz said that reputable law firms like her own legitimately advertise and publicize their services pursuant to the strict advertising rules imposed by the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Professional Rules of Ethics (MPRE). She said she responds to inquiries from potential clients who establish contact with the firm, and not the other way around.
Two proposed laws in the State Legislature would prevent the solicitation of injury victims at the scene of an accident, immediately after the accident, or during the 30 days after an injury is sustained.
"The legislation is important to protect the integrity of the legal profession and the rights of accident victims," Kayrouz said.
"The first thing an individual who sustains an injury should be thinking about is obtaining emergency assistance, and not be concerned with who should represent them."
Recognized as Michigan's leading Accident Attorney, Kayrouz called "ambulance chasing" an "unscrupulous and cheap practice" that is "an insult not only to the victims but to law firms like my own that adhere to ethical requirements regarding advertising defined by the MPRE."
Kayrouz said that "ambulance chasing" also involves unscrupulous individuals in other related professions such as in the medical field and also those who rush to the accident sites, such as tow trucks or collision companies.
"When lawyers hide behind doctors and other accident professionals who directly solicit clients, they are shortcutting the system," Kayrouz said.
"And when attorneys shortcut the system directly or indirectly, it is an insult to lawyers like me who invest so much in advertising to do the right thing according to the State Bar of Michigan. As you can see, there are so many unethical ways, direct and not so direct, by which lawyers can solicit business and this needs to stop. Most importantly, however, it is very unethical to solicit clients immediately after a dramatic life event has taken place when they are at their most vulnerable state. That's why I support this legislation."
Unscrupulous lawyers are, simply put, exploiting the client, Kayrouz said, noting that having time to weigh the challenges they face allows accident victims to make better judgments.
"The more time they give themselves from the date of the accident, the better the public can make sound decisions and take sound actions," Kayrouz said.
Kayrouz said that she is sending letters to each member of the Michigan Legislature, including the sponsors of the two bills (HB 4770 and HB 4771) to encourage them to approve the legislation and to give it "teeth so enforcement can be aggressive and effective."
State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton of Huntington Woods sponsored HB 4770 and State Rep. Joseph Graves of Genesee andOakland Counties sponsored HB 4771.
HB 4770 details the time period and circumstances by which victims may be contacted either directly or indirectly.
HB 4771 bans any law firm, lawyer or individual on behalf of an attorney from making direct contact with injured victims, their relatives or friends from providing legal services during the 30-days following an accident.
Knowingly violating the above prohibition would be a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000.
Kayrouz praised Representatives Lipton and Graves, and the House members who also co-sponsored both bills including Rep.Kevin CotterBruce R. RendonWayne A. SchmidtMarcia Hovey-WrightDian SlavensDavid Knezek and Stacy Erwin Oakes.
For more information on the legislation or on the legal services of the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz PLLC, visitwww.JoumanaKayrouz.com.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

“All roads lead” to prominent Michigan Accident attorney Joumana Kayrouz, writes Neal Rubin of the Detroit News


“All roads lead” to prominent Michigan Accident attorney Joumana Kayrouz, writes Neal Rubin of the Detroit News
Metro-Detroit, Michigan -- Recently, The Detroit News newspaper’s humor columnist, Neal Rubin, penned an entertaining and informative column on Page 2 about the widespread and successful advertising campaign that Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz launched to market her legal services.
Rubin detailed the attention Kayrouz has received for her law firm, the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz PLLC, and reactions it received from many people in the Metro-Detroit region.

Kayrouz, who received her Masters Degree from Yale University Graduate School and her law degree from Wayne State University, is the most recognized attorney in Michigan, the column affirms.
It is a marketing move that many in the legal and marketing industries describe as ingenious for its results. The advertising campaign to promote her legal services appears on billboards, tri-county buses and on bus shelters and benches, and is estimated to cost more than $350,000 a month, a staggering record amount that reflects the celebrated success for her legal services to those in need.
“That kind of money will get you heaps of notoriety and hordes of clients, and if it doesn’t also get you at least a little bit of friendly teasing, the rest of us aren’t paying enough attention. “Injured?” asks the heading on the ads. No, but we’re increasingly entertained,” Rubin writes in his column.
The innumerable placement of billboards and bus advertising targets people who have been injured in automobile accidents. The advertisements ask, “Injured? 1-866-Your Rights.”
Each billboard features a bigger-than-life portrait head-shot of Joumana Kayrouz that personalizes the media campaign and has prompted what Rubin described as “a bit of friendly teasing” from a few uninjured Metro-Detroit residents “with a lot of time on their hands.”
Several games were created using Joumana Kayrouz. One fan created a game that is much like one played by children throughout the country called “Punch Bug” (or “Slug Bug”): when a passenger in a vehicle sees a Volkswagen Beetle, Rubin notes, they playfully punch the arm of someone next to them.
In a new game called “Count the Joumanas,” players score points by identifying one of Joumana’s billboards, bus wraps, bus shelters, benches, or anything else related to Joumana Kayrouz.
Writes Rubin, “In the Slug Bug that bruises shoulders on school buses across the land, whoever sees a VW Beetle first gets to punch his seatmate in the arm. A yellow Beetle rates two punches. Keep in mind, though, that Volkswagen has sold only 21 million or so Bugs, and you might ride a few miles without seeing one. With Joumana Slug Bug, the fists churn like pistons.”
Rubin’s point is not lost in his column. The marketing campaign that Joumana Kayrouz has launched has also launched her career to unprecedented public heights, making her the most recognized and sought-after attorney in Michigan.
Some readers of the column observe that the game creator had too much free time on her hands while others writing in the Detroit Newspapers online comments section say that they admire Joumana Kayrouz for her brilliant advertising moves that continue to gain extensive recognition for her important legal services.
 For her part, Kayrouz says she is flattered by all the attention and she enjoyed Rubin’s entertaining writing.
 “I am flattered by it all, of course. But my real concern remains to reach those motorists in Michigan and Metro-Detroit who have unfortunately experienced injuries in accidents. I want to champion their rights by giving them the best legal representation they deserve,” Kayrouz says.
 “When you are at the top of your field in serving the public, naturally, you can expect some teasing. I believe I am at the top but only because I know that I give my clients the best, most professional, and most effective legal representation that they deserve.”
 The “Joumanamania,” as Rubin reports, is catchy and a “great marketing ploy” that has made Joumana Kayrouz one of the most recognized people in Michigan.
 “The actual Joumana Kayrouz was born in Lebanon, speaks four languages, attended law school at Wayne State and leases two floors at the Southfield Town Center,” Rubin writes. “In the three years since she started plastering her face across Metro Detroit, she has become one of the two or three most famous lawyers in Michigan — and she didn’t have to keep Jack Kevorkian out of jail to get there.”
One member of the public interviewed in the column is a former marketer for a boutique law firm in Troy, who was quoted as saying, “I have a great appreciation for what she does. It’s genius, frankly.”
For more information on Joumana Kayrouz, visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com.
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Press Release: Kayrouz honored with Humanitarian Award from Major Charitable Organization


Press Release: Kayrouz honored with Humanitarian Award from Major Charitable Organization
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        Ray Hanania
Monday April 22, 2013

Prominent Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz Honored
for her Humanitarian Work by Major Charitable Group

West Bloomfield, Mi -- Life for Relief and Development presented their Annual Humanitarian Award during a dinner fundraiser to prominent Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz in recognition of her work to help the needy.

Kayrouz has made significant donations to charitable causes in Michigan and in Lebanon to help people in need. This year, Kayrouz and her daughters Stephanie and Nathalie, established the Joumana Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation, which provides medical and financial relief to the needy families and children.

Life Fore Relief is a 501 ( c ) 3 charity that raises funds to help Muslims who are in need throughout the World. At the dinner, where Kayrouz spoke about her philanthropic work, said she is inspired by her religious faith and is “thankful to God.”

“Life for Relief has done so much to help needy people, not just Muslims but Arabs and non-Arabs across the globe,” Kayrouz said, noting that the group has brought awareness to the suffering of civilians in war-torn Syria.

“I am honored that they have recognized my own commitment to help people in need. I am grateful to God for my good fortune and I am inspired to share my successes with those in need.”
Kayrouz was accompanied by one of her two daughters, Stephanie Shamma, who helps direct the Foundation.

“What we see in Syria is a real tragedy. I’m not speaking about the politics but about the suffering we are seeing across the entire country. Families, women, children everyone, regardless of race or religion who need help,” Kayrouz said.

“I believe Life for Relief is sometimes the only resource that may be available to those who are suffering. We pray for the people of Syria and throughout the world who experience similar suffering.”

The dinner was held at The Shanandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield and featured entertainment including a performance by renown pianist and Syrian activist Malek Jandali.

Stephanie Shamma presented a donation of $10,000 to Life for Relief during the dinner to express support for their charitable efforts.

Life for Relief was founded in 1992 following the humanitarian crisis that developed after the Iraqi war the previous year. They have raised more than $300 million in charitable donations.

Joumana Kayrouz was named a “Top Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by DBusiness Magazine, the premier business publication of Detroit, in a survey of more than 18,000 Michigan lawyers.

Kayrouz also received the prestigious 2012 American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award” at their 20th Annual Banquet celebration.

She was named a “Presenting Sponsor” honored during the 50th Anniversary gala of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In 2010 Kayrouz received the Trailblazer Award from the Lebanese American Club of Michigan (LACOM) during their 15th Annual dinner for her achievements in the legal field and for being an outstanding member of the Lebanese-American community.

The Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation is currently underwriting a special TV program in Lebanon that will showcase the challenges of needy people there and provide them with support.

The show is being broadcast on Lebanon’s popular OTV (OTV.com.lb) and worldwide during the Easter holiday season which began Sunday March 31, the traditional date for the celebration of Easter among Catholics, and will continue through Sunday May 5, the date of the Orthodox Easter.

For more information, visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

American Arab journalists in Metro-Detroit gather to discuss formation of a journalism union

American Arab journalists in Metro-Detroit gather to discuss formation of a journalism union


Video: Arab Journalists meeting in Metro-Detroit hosted at the home of Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz, co-hosted by the National American Arab Journalists Association, Good Morning Michigan Radio and sponsored in part by Ziyad Brothers Importing.   

American Arab Journalists Organize in Metro-Detroit, call for Fairness in Coverage and Media Access

Arab Journalists Plan Future Conferences

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – American Arab journalists gathered this past weekend in a suburb of Detroit to organize a professional union and to plan conferences to advocate for community coverage in the mainstream media.

The summit was hosted by Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz at her Bloomfield Hills home, and supported by Ziyad Brothers Importing, both major advertisers who recognize the need for a vibrant ethnic Arab community media.

Nearly every major Arab media in Metro-Detroit participated and also attending were several prominent American Arabs employed by mainstream media such as WJRS and Styleline Magazine and Arab journalism college students.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

American Arab Journalists Organize in Metro-Detroit, call for Fairness in Coverage and Media Access


American Arab Journalists Organize in Metro-Detroit, call for Fairness in Coverage and Media Access

Arab Journalists Plan Future Conferences

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – American Arab journalists gathered this past weekend in a suburb of Detroit to organize a professional union and to plan conferences to advocate for community coverage in the mainstream media.

The summit was hosted by Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz at her Bloomfield Hills home, and supported by Ziyad Brothers Importing, both major advertisers who recognize the need for a vibrant ethnic Arab community media.

Nearly every major Arab media in Metro-Detroit participated and also attending were several prominent American Arabs employed by mainstream media such as WJRS and Styleline Magazine and Arab journalism college students.

“This was a very important effort to bring American Arab journalists together to strengthen the voices of our community,” said Bassam Mourad, the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Arab Times Newspaper.

Kayrouz said she was honored to be able to host the event at her home.

“As a business person I know how important it is to have a strong, vibrant news media not just for mainstream audiences in America but also to serve and inform our many ethnic communities, especially the Arab community in Metro-Detroit,” said Kayrouz whose Michigan Accident Law Firm is one of the most adept at using media and marketing strategies to make her business successful.

Laila Alhusini, the host of the daily “Good Morning Michigan” radio show on WNZK AM 690 and a local coordinator for the National American Arab Journalists Association, said that the gathering brought together all of the region’s most professional journalists, publications and media.

“We need to organize to make our voices stronger and to also serve as role models for younger Arabs who might pursue journalism or media or even marketing and communications as professional career choices,” Alhusini said.

Fay Beydoun of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, a frequent supporter of the Arab Journalists group NAAJA and organizer of the successful annual Arab American Festival held in Dearborn, served as a facilitator during the summit.

Also joining the session were Yemeni American News reporter Adel Mozip, Hoda Salameh of Styleline Magazine, Linda Mansour of WJR Radio, Walid Jadan Publisher and and Rami Sadeq host of MEA TV and Radio, Amir Denha Editor of the Chaldean Detroit Times, Khalil Hachem of Biz Magazine, Haitahm Aldifaee video production, Abdulnasser Mugali publisher of Arab American Today, Rafic Kairouz of the Moranite Foundation, Kawthar Othman and Nabil Mashni of the Chicago al-Hadath Newspaper, Journalism instructor Tahani Dari who was accompanied by five journalism students from Central Academy, Detroit photographer Nafeh Abunab of Elite Photography, and Mohammed Shawky reporter for the Forum and Link Journal.

Also attending were Al Harp publisher of Salam Romaia, Zaim Al Tay or Arab Woman, Nayef Chedid publisher of the Michigan Arab News, Hasan Hamed of Alsumaria TV channel, Sahir Al-Malih of Sawt al Ghad publication, Kassim Madi a journalist, Aqil alkaabi a writer, Hunayda Asbahi of the Sawasia Charity Foundation, and video producer Haitahm Aldifaee.

For more information visit

www.JoumanaKayrouz.com
www.Ziyad.com
www.NAAJA-US.com

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Detroit Women Raise Funds for Needy at Designer Shoe Auction


Detroit Women Raise Funds for Needy at Designer Shoe Auction

Southfield, MI – Some of Southeastern Michigan’s most influential women leaders attended a fundraiser Thursday (March 28) in honor of Woman’s History Month to help two local charities, bidding not on “hunks” or “vacations” but on shoes.

Co-sponsored by Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz, the charity dinner featured shoes donated by local retailers including Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Sachs and designer shoes donated by local leaders.


Kayrouz hosted the event at her Bloomfield Hills home and increased the total charitable collection by matching the donations dollar-for-dollar. The money will be given to two charities, Mayor Lawrence said, Haven and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Detroit.

“The idea came up during a conversation I had with Joumana to raise money by auctioning off designer shoes as a way to increase the involvement of women during Women’s History Month and to also raise money for needy causes,” Mayor Lawrence said.

“It was kind of like Pumps for Empowerment or Pumps for People and we were privileged to get support from many local businesses that donated shoes that were the focus of the auction. As women we are saying we are powerful women in different positions and we wear pumps. I am a firm believer and Joumana agrees that we need to help others as successful women.”





Kayrouz said she was honored to host the auction commemorating Women’s History Month which is traditionally held every March.

“We invited women leaders from across Michigan including several judges, auto dealership owners, business owners and activists,” Kayrouz said.

“We had 30 of the region’s most influential women joining forces to show they care about those in need. It was a very upbeat program, fun and held for a good cause.”

Kayrouz hosted the event and provided a catered dinner at her home in West Bloomfield Heights. The dinner featured Middle East foods as well as mainstream dishes.

“We took the idea to the business community and they were very supportive,” Mayor Lawrence said. “Joumana Kayrouz is an inspiration for all the work she does to raise funds for those in need and we all appreciated her hosting this at her home.”

For more information visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com. For photographs, visit the Joumana Kayrouz Blog at http://joumanakayrouz.blogspot.com.

Photos courtesy of Hassan al Atat and Joumana Kayrouz.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Attorney Joumana Kayrouz Launches Foundation to Help Families & Children in Need; Will be Focus of 5-week Satellite TV Special in Lebanon


Attorney Joumana Kayrouz Launches Foundation to Help Families & Children in Need; Will be Focus of 5-week Satellite TV Special in Lebanon

Metro-Detroit, MI, IL. – Prominent Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz announced the launching of the Joumana Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation with a initial $50,000 endowment.

Named in honor of herself and her two daughters, Stephanie and Nathalie, the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation will underwrite a special TV program in Lebanon that will showcase the challenges of needy people there and provide them with support.

The show will be broadcast on Lebanon’s popular OTV (OTV.com.lb) and worldwide during the Easter holiday season beginning March 31, the traditional date for the celebration of Easter among Catholics, through Sunday May 5, the date of the Orthodox Easter.

“I have been very fortunate and my legal business has been very successful. Thanks to God’s blessings, I have always sought to share my successes with individuals, especially families and children who are in need,” Ms. Kayrouz said in announcing the creation of the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation.

“The foundation will strive to help people in need, especially those seeking to overcome medical challenges. We are starting in Lebanon, but I hope to move forward and expand that outside of Lebanon to also include Metro-Detroit.”

Over the years, in founding the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz PLLC, Ms. Kayrouz has been a major source of charitable donations to worthy causes, including but not limited last year donating $50,000 to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the hospital's founding.

Kayrouz said she was inspired to create the foundation during a visit to Lebanon this past December with Randa Berri, the Second Lady of Lebanon and the wife of the Speaker of the House Nabih Berri. Berri is also the head of the Lebanese Welfare Association for the Handicapped, and during the visit, the two discussed their mutual concern for the plight of disabled victims, especially children. Kayrouz donated $50,000 to Berri’s charitable work and announced plans to build an Eye Center through Berri’s own foundation.

The Foundation’s Vice President is Elie Farah, who represents the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation in Lebanon, is supervising the production of the OTV Satellite TV special to be called “Oxygen.”

“We’re very excited that the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation will be able to underwrite this project. Our purpose is to bring public attention to the needs of families and especially children in Lebanon and to also bring them some relief through the generosity of the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation,” Farah explained.

Farah said that the show has already identified 10 families who each has a special need. Each week, the stories and challenges of two of the families will be showcased in the one-hour TV show that will be broadcast throughout the world beginning with the show’s March 31 premiere.

Farah said the cases involved children and people who have been diagnosed with cancer, who are near blind, who are disabled in many different ways, and families who are in need of financial support.

“There are so many people who need help and we hope that we can raise awareness to inspire others to follow our lead and reach out to help people,” Farah said. “In one case, a little girl is nearly blind and we have been working with the hospital to help restore her eye sight. It is a very emotional experience.”

Ms. Kayrouz emphasized that the Kayrouz & Daughters Foundation will seek to help people regardless of race, religion or ethnic origin. Among those whose stories will be shared in the TV Program Oxygen include Christians, Muslims, Lebanese and Syrians.

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com.

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