Arvin J. Pearlman

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In May 2016, Sommers Schwartz, P.C. proudly welcomed Arvin Pearlman to the firm's personal injury litigation practice.

Arvin Pearlman is nationally known for the successful outcomes he has obtained on behalf of railroad workers who are injured or killed in the course of their employment. Since concentrating his practice on Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) litigation in 1979, Arvin has tried numerous personal injury cases before judges and juries across the United States, many with multi-million dollar awards.  FELA cases arise from many types of railroad workplace negligence including unsafe work environments, exposure to harmful substances and occupational illness, faulty equipment, and off-site injuries. He is designated legal counsel for the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen in Michigan and is involved with Michigan Local 2051 of the Transport Workers Union of America.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1970, Arvin is also active in other professional organizations such as the American Association for Justice, the Michigan Association for Justice, and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys. Highly regarded by his fellow lawyers, Arvin has been recognized as an AV Preeminent Lawyer, the highest peer review rating granted by Martindale-Hubbell, and as a DBusiness Magazine Top Lawyer.


  • Detroit College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1970
  • Wayne State University

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Areas of Practice

  • $2 million jury verdict: Hunt v. Oakriver, et al. (Wayne County Circuit Court)
  • $1.8 million jury verdict: Patton v. American Steamship (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan)
  • $1.2 million jury verdict: Trump v. Consolidated Rail Corp. (Wayne County Circuit Court)
  • $1.75 million jury verdict: VanCallis v. Oakridge Markets (Oakland County Circuit Court)
  • $1.1 million jury verdict: Ramirez v. Consolidated Rail Corp. (Wayne County Circuit Court)
  • $750,000 jury verdict: Meaia v. Norfolk & Southern Corp. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan)
  • $500,000 jury verdict: Anderson v. Stroh Brewery Co. (Wayne County Circuit Court)
  • $450,000 jury verdict (adjusted): Reinhold v. Consolidated Rail Corp. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan)
  • $472,000 jury verdict: Zawalski v.Consolidated Rail Corp. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan)
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Member, Master Lawyers and Negligence Law Sections
    • Past Member, District 1 Character & Fitness Committee
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
  • Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen - Michigan
  • Transport Workers Union of America - Michigan Local 2051

Arvin Pearlman was the first and only attorney that we consulted and could not be happier that we chose him to represent us. I truly realized that Arvin had me and my family’s best interest at heart. Once we made it to trial, all we kept thinking was how glad we were that he was on our side.

My 20-year railroad career ended abruptly after I was injured on the job while working in Chicago. I sought legal counsel and was told I didn’t have a case, so I called on Arvin Pearlman to represent me. He is a person of extremely high moral character and I placed my trust in him on a daily basis with no regrets. I was always kept informed and up to date on everything that was going on, and any questions or concerns I had were quickly addressed. Given the opportunity I wouldn’t hesitate to call on him again. I have recommended Arvin to many friends and family members who have used his services with positive outcomes. It has been a pleasure to get to know Arvin and a privilege that I now consider him my friend.

You are a phenomenal attorney. I wanted to thank you for doing such a great job regarding this case. I have a new love for law and all that it includes. Thank you for one of the best experiences of my life. – from a juror in a railroad injury case

My sincere thanks for a great job! I know a lot of attorneys wouldn’t have touched this case or handled it in such a professional manor. Once again, thank you!

Thank you for trying to win. Thank you for putting in as much time as you did. Thank you for being patient with me. Thank you for looking out for me, and having my back. You made a big impression on me.

Your Honor, may we please be provided a calculator? – note to a judge from the jury in a railroad injury case


  • DBusiness Top Lawyer – 2013
  • AV Preeminent Lawyer – Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 (Martindale-Hubbell)


AV Preeminent Reviewed     DBusiness Top Lawyers