Scott Saurbier - Attorney at Law

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Healthcare
  • Business
  • Professional Licensing
  • General Litigation


  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
  • Central Michigan University, B.S.  


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Scott A. Saurbier

Partner | Saurbier Law Firm

For over 45 years the law practice of Scott A. Saurbier has encompassed a wide variety of issues on behalf of physicians and hospitals, manufacturers, insurance companies, businesses and individuals, often involving complex litigation.

He is heavily involved in current legal issues and offers innovative solutions. Mr. Saurbier has been recognized by his peers with an “AV” peer review rating by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible qualification given to an attorney. He has been voted a Michigan Super Lawyer for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020 an honor received by only 5% of attorneys in the State of Michigan.  He was also recognized in HOUR Magazine as a 2016 , 2017 and 2021 Top Lawyers of Michigan. He was most recently recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the Best Lawyers in Michigan in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

He has been the lead attorney in more than 100 trials that have gone to verdict, the vast majority of them favoring his clients.  Since 2002 he has won 32 complex cases and lost one.

In addition to litigation and legal work, Mr. Saurbier is often asked to make presentations to risk management groups, insurance providers, lawyers, medical and hospital groups, and he has made hundreds of presentations on local, state, and national levels during his career.

Mr. Saurbier is admitted to practice in state and federal courts. He is a member of the Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and many similar organizations. He has served as a mediator and often counsels executives concerning business decisions. Mr. Saurbier resides in Grosse Pointe Farms with his wife, and enjoys golf, sailing, hockey, reading and participating with the Tri-County Collie Rescue Group, the Witenagemote Club, and The Hundred Club of Detroit.

Recent Presentations & Publications


  • “The Future Affordability of Healthcare,” Presenter; Presenter; Saurbier Law Firm, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Detroit Parade Company; May 5, 2017
  • “Looking But Not Seeing! Why Do Witnesses Miss the Obvious?” Presenter; Saurbier Law Firm, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Detroit Parade Company; May 5, 2017
  • “Last Night the Michigan Legislature Passed a Law Intended to Eliminate Non-Existent Economic Damages From Trial,” Defense Newsflash!, 2016

  • “Challenging Medical Expenses-Past & Future,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar,  Detroit Public Library; May 29, 2015
  • “Preparing For Battle: Litigation Strategies and Tools- Caging Reptile Lawyers,” Seminar, MDTC, Troy, MI; November 2014
  • “Cut the Damages! Mitigation: Plaintiff’s Duty to Limit All Damages,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch;  May 1, 2014
  • “The New Interpretation of MCL 600.2169(1): How to Qualify as an Expert When Not Doing or Teaching the Same Thing as the Defendant in the Year Prior to the Event,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Detroit Athletic Club; May 3, 2013
  • “Confusion Between Statutes of Limitations, Savings Provisions and Statuses of Repose,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Detroit Zoo – Ford Educational Center; June 1, 2012
  • “Medicare Update,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Detroit Historical Museum; May 13, 2011
  • “Without Demonstrations of “Good Cause” Trial Court Cannot Impose Conditions on QPO, ” Defense Newsflash!, 2010
  • “Hidden Hieroglyphics in Computer Forensic Meta Data,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Henry Ford Estate; June 6, 2010
  • “Computer Forensics of the E.H.R., Lawsuit Statistics and the Seven Most Common Reasons for Being Sued,” Seminar, Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) Risk Management and Patient Safety Institute, (RMPSI) Area Risk Management Networking Meeting, Huron Medical Center; Bad Ave, MI, May, 2010
  • “The Medicare Lien Recovery Program,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Meadowbrook Hall; May 15, 2009
  • “Court of Appeals Allows Ex Parte Meetings for Defense Counsel,” Defense Newsflash!, 2008
  • “Conquering the “Cognitive Impairment” Claim, ” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Detroit Institute of Arts; May 9, 2008
  • “Literature Battles in Trial Under MRE 702,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Ford Conference Center; June 29, 2007
  • “No Requirement that Plaintiff Authorize Ex Parte Communication,” Defense Newsflash!, 2006
  • “HIPAA Allows Ex Parte Interviews,” Defense Newsflash!, 2006
  • “HIPAA: The Ongoing Strategy With the Courts,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Country Club of Detroit; May 26, 2006
  • “Decision in Croskey v. BMW Regarding Interviewing Treating Physicians,” Defense Newsflash!, 2005
  • “Preparing Our Defendants for Deposition or Trial Testimony,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Country Club of Detroit; December 3, 2005
  • “Eliminating Plaintiff’s Expert or Striking Theories,” Presenter; Saurbier & Siegan, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, Country Club of Detroit; December 3, 2005
  • “When the Stork Becomes Your Process Server:  Risk Management Issues in Obstetrics and Gynecology,” to Physicians, Obstetrics Department Grand Rounds, University of Michigan Medical Center, September, 1999
  • “Legal Aspects of Medical Record Documentation (The Write Stuff),” with Michigan Physicians Mutual Liability Company, Oakwood Hospital Annapolis Center, Risk Management Symposium, to Physicians, Romulus, MI, March, 1998
  • “Medicine and Ethics:  A Legal Perspective,” Wayne State University School of Medicine, February 16, 1998
  • “Premises Liability:  The State of the Law in Michigan,” to Risk Management, Target Stores, Minneapolis, MN, April, 1997
  • “The Facts . . . ???!!! From Crash to Courtroom,” Anesthesia Physicians, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI, October, 1996
  • “Sued! The Lawyer’s Quadrille,” to Physicians, Hutzel Hospital, Detroit, MI, January, 1996
  • “General Overview Medical Ethics,” Wayne State University Medical School, Detroit, MI, January, 1996
  • “Keys to Physician & Hospital Licensing Reform,” July 1994
  • “Two Faces of Justice:  The Emergency Department Under Siege, A Legal Perspective,” MMI Companies/Daughters of Charity National Health System, Emergency Services National Seminar; Orlando, FL, April, 1993
  • “Controlling Your Own Liability: A Practical Approach,” to Physicians, St. Paul Medical Center; Dallas, TX, May 1991″EMR Ghost Prints (Metadate & Prints)”; The Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society (MINS) Conference, Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI; August, 2016[
  • “When “My Opinion” Means Nothing – Elher v. Misra, Presenter; Saurbier Law Firm, P.C., Annual Legal Seminar, DNR Outdoor Adventure Center; May 13, 2016


Affiliations & Activities

  • The Witenagemote Club
  • The Hundred Club of Detroit
  • Tri-County Collie Rescue Group,
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal District Courts, Eastern and Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Wayne County Bar Association
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Associations of Defense Trial Counsel