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Practice Areas: With a dual background in nursing, Ms. Anstess has
over 25 years of experience defending all aspects of professional liability and
medical malpractice claims. Her practice has also included nursing home and
assisted living defense, adult foster care, licensing actions, and first- and
third-party auto litigation.
Michigan, Michigan Supreme Court, and United States District Court, Eastern
District of Michigan; 1996 United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth
Circuit; 2016 United States District Court, Western District of Michigan.
College of Detroit (BSN cum laude, 1982); Detroit College of Law (JD summa cum
Bar Association Membership:
State Bar of Michigan.
Anstess was awarded a full academic scholarship to attend Detroit College of
Law. In addition to her law practice, she has been a speaker on numerous
occasions for nursing and attorney groups on various medical/legal issues and
risk management. Ms. Anstess is past president of The American Association of
Nurse Attorneys, Michigan Chapter, and has been a member of the Negligence
section of the State Bar of Michigan since becoming an attorney. Ms. Anstess
has been published several times and most recently co-authored a chapter for
the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Defense Library Series publication,
Current Issues in Medical Liability and Health Care Law titled “Practical
Considerations Arising from the Patient's Safety and Quality Improvement Act of