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Patrick Jerome Derkacz

patd@smdalaw.com
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Phone: (586) 264-3756
Toll Free: (866) 529-3537
Fax: (586) 264-3783

44444 Mound Rd #100
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48314

Patrick Derkacz grew up in Warren, Michigan where he attended public school. He graduated from Warren Mott High school in 1984 where he played football.

He then went to Eastern Michigan University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 1988. After graduation he worked as an analytical chemist for the Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Division in Ann Arbor, Michigan for several years.

Mr. Derkacz went back to law school at the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University Law School) in 1990. He graduated from DCL with Honors in 1993. While in Law School he participated in the Moot Court Program and was a member of the team that attended the Benjamin J. Cardozo competition in New York City. Mr. Derkacz was selected as the best Oralist in both the preliminary and final rounds. The team also was awarded first place for best brief and best team. He was also selected to be a teaching assistant for the contracts professor.

After graduating from DCL he worked briefly for several firms doing insurance defense work on premises liability and then professional liability cases.

He then accepted a position with a Plaintiff’s firm focusing exclusively on medical malpractice cases. Mr. Derkacz spent the next five years helping people who were injured as result of substandard medical care. During this time he honed his ability to review and understand the complexities of various medical conditions and the attendant physical restrictions and limitations they imposed upon his clients. During this time he assisted a number of his clients with the recovery of Long Term Disability Insurance Benefits.

In 2006 Mr. Derkacz joined with Partners Phil Serafini and Jeff Michalowski to form Serafini, Michalowksi, Derkacz and Associates while devoting his practice to Disability Insurance claims and cases. He has spent the last 12+ years helping people fight to get their Disability Insurance Benefits paid. During this time He has handled hundreds of disability claims against almost every disability insurance company including Cigna, Aetna, The Hartford, MetLife, UNUM, Lincoln Financial, Madison National and others.

We are usually retained after the client receives a letter advising that their claim for disability benefits has been denied. We represent the client in the administrative appeal process and will then file suit, usually in Federal Court, if the disability insurance company fails to overturn the claims denial decision. We have successfully resolved hundreds of Long Term Disability Insurance claims compelling payment by the insurance company for the client’s benefits.

Mr. Derkacz married the girl he took to senior prom after graduation from law school in 1993. They just recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have four children and reside in Rochester Hills. Pat loves to play golf in the summer and watch his kids play on their school basketball, softball and baseball games. He also enjoys Michigan football games where his daughter is a section leader in the Michigan marching band. He also loves to travel and spend time up north with his wife and dog.

Education

J.D., Detroit College of Law, 1993
cum laude
Moot Court

B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 1988
Chemistry

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Michigan, 1993
Eastern District Federal Court - Michigan, 1993
Western District Federal court - Michigan, 1994
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of Michigan

Oakland County Bar Association

Michigan Trial Lawyers Association

Macomb County Bar Association
Member Since: 1993

American Bar Association
Member Since: 1995

Michigan Association of Justice
Member Since: 2000

Featured Cases and Matters

Cynthia Hess v. MetLife 91 F. Supp. 3d 895 (2015)
Compelled MetLife to retroactively reinstate disability benefits

Thomas Sondey v. Citizens Ins. 2011
$942,000 Verdict for underinsured motorist benefits arising out of car crash.

Janet Pierzynski v. Liberty Life 2012 WL 32Y8238 (2012)
Obtained clients disability benefits for client with disabling back pain.

Maureen Gray v. Mutual of Omaha Case No. 11-15016 (2012) Forced Disability insurer to Pay Disability benefits

Articles

"The Nuts & Bolts of Long Term Disability" Patrick Derkacz
Michigan Lawyers Weekly November 2012

Client Reviews
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Thanks so much for all your help these past five years in helping me with all the legal aspects of my folks, L & E.M's, trust. Thanks for answering all my questions. It's been a difficult last 5 years on making decisions for my father, but I'm so grateful that god blessed me with them for so many years! I appreciate all you did to help me though to the end. D.C.
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I want to thank you both for all your help and hard work on my case. This certainly was good news! You both did tremendous jobs dealing with Cigna and answering my questions. Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas season! Marc
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