Medical Malpractice

Charles R. Ash III

Senior Shareholder

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Charles Ash is a senior shareholder at Sommers Schwartz, and represents clients in state and federal courts. He has an outstanding trial record, obtaining a number of multiple million-dollar verdicts and negotiating hundreds of substantial settlements that have compensated his clients for their loss or injury. Charlie's success earned him honors as one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in Michigan by the National Trial Lawyers and repeat selection to an elite list of "Super Lawyers."

Upon graduating from college, Charlie was a teacher and coach, as well president, chief negotiator, and advocate for the Teachers' Union, experience that rekindled his longstanding interest in becoming a lawyer. After attending law school and passing the bar, he joined Sommers Schwartz and began advocating for victims of SERIOUS accidents, BIRTH TRAUMA, medical malpractice, and other acts of negligence. His passion for fighting for the underdog continues to this day as he helps his clients seek compensation from big insurance companies and corporations for the injuries and hardship they have wrongfully caused.

When not practicing law, Charlie enjoys traveling and spending time with his family in their Northern Michigan cottage. Grateful for the athletic scholarship he received to Eastern Michigan University, he is a strong supporter of the school's Foundation Fund and its efforts provide ongoing scholarship aide to today's athletes.


  • Detroit College of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Winner, Detroit College of Law, Freshman Oral Advocacy Competition
    • Executive Director, Moot Court Program
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan Master of Art in Educational Administration
  • Eastern Michigan University, Bachelors in Business Administration
    • Captain (two years),Varsity Wrestling Team
  • Eastern Michigan University, Secondary Certificate, Business Education

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice

Significant settlements & verdicts :

  • Asper vs. Municipality: $4.5 million settlement - auto negligence and brain injury
  • John Doe vs. Defendant Hospital: $2.5 million settlement - medical negligence
  • Knott vs. St. Joseph Hospital physicians: $1.5 million verdict - medical negligence
  • Dorton vs. Defendant Hospital: $1.1 million verdict - pediatric death in the emergency room
  • Spira/Clemons vs. Manufacturer: $4.5 million settlement - product liability and wrongful death
  • Brain Injured Boy vs. Hospitals/Doctors: $4.425 million settlement - medical negligence
  • Arndt vs. Hayes Green Beech Hospital: $3 million verdict – birth Injury
  • Wright vs. Hospital: $1 million settlement – pediatric medical negligence
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice


  • Super Lawyers (Michigan) – 2009 to present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in Michigan – 2011 to present
  • dBusiness Top Lawyer - Medical Negligence & Personal Injury – 2010
  • AV Preeminent Lawyer (Martindale Hubbell) – Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0