Karinne Orchanian focuses her practice on civil litigation, including first-party and third-party auto claims. Her litigation experience spans from case initiation to resolution including conducting discovery, case evaluation, facilitation and successfully arguing dispositive motions.

Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Karinne worked as an associate at a large Detroit-area firm practicing insurance defense. She also has experience with general practice including transactional business matters.

Karinne earned her J.D. from Wayne State University, where she was the recipient of the Ferne Walter Scholarship and the Iannotti Scholarship. She was the director of outside competitions for moot court and was a participant in the Billings, Exum & Frye Constitutional Law National Moot Court Competition. She also was a Wayne Law International Public Interest Fellow and spent two months abroad providing legal services to clients at a women’s shelter.

She holds a B.A. in international relations and political theory and constitutional democracy with a focus in science, technology, environment and public policy from Michigan State University.

Outside of the office, Karinne enjoys volunteering in the Detroit community, including with the Greening of Detroit urban forestry program and Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for Insurance Law & Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2023

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer, Gleaners Community Food Bank
  • Volunteer, Greening of Detroit

Practice Highlights

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary disposition on behalf of a third-party defendant by successfully arguing that the plaintiff had not sustained a threshold injury under Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance Act.
  • Obtained summary disposition on behalf of a trucking company by arguing that the plaintiff, who was on a motorcycle, was solely at fault for an accident as he was attempting to pass a truck on the right while the truck was turning right. The plaintiff had intoxicating substances in his system at the time of the accident and was operating his motorcycle with no license and no helmet and in violation of his probation for a prior drunk driving conviction.