U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
MDTC (Michigan Defense Trial Counsel), Oakland County Bar Association, NAPW (National Association of Professional Women)
Thomas Cooley Law School, 1997
Oakland University, 1993
Elaine M. Sawyer is a Co-Managing Partner and Secretary at Hewson & Van Hellemont, P.C. Ms. Sawyer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, from Oakland University in 1993. She then attended Thomas Cooley Law School where she achieved her Juris Doctorate degree in 1997. Ms. Sawyer was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan the same year. She was the President of the Sanilac County Bar Association for three years. She was nominated as the legislative representative to the 24th circuit and sat as the Governor-appointed board member for the Sanilac County Department of Human Services and the Sanilac County Medical Care Facility. Currently, she is a member of the National Association of Professional Women.
Ms. Sawyer worked for a Plaintiff’s personal injury firm where she obtained vast experience in analyzing and handling auto-related claims for both first- and third-party litigation and workers’ compensation. She was also a partner in a general practice law firm for seven years that handled both civil and criminal cases. It was here that she gained her jury trial experience. With her eagerness to take cases to trial, she obtained the best possible results with either better settlement offers or favorable awards from both juries and judges for clients.
In keeping with the firm’s Mission Statement, Ms. Sawyer’s no-nonsense approach and proven ability at trial to aggressively defend her client promotes the guiding principles that valid claims will be paid promptly, while fraudulent, inflated or contrived claims will be met with the most aggressive defense possible.