Since 1989, I have been an attorney licensed by the State Bar of Michigan. In my decades of general practice, I have served more than 1000 clients.
Among the first-50 attorneys in Michigan to complete the Family Law Certificate program offered by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Ann Arbor, MI, I have completed more than 250 divorces from start to finish.
In addition to family law, I have a robust criminal law practice, representing clients in jury trials and appeals across Michigan. Approved for felony assignments by the Oakland County Circuit Court, and having served for 3-years as a roster attorney for the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System, I know my way around the criminal justice system.
The Michigan Attorney General has appointed me to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General (felony child support) and to serve Oakland County as a Public Administrator. These appointments have provided extensive family law, probate and elder law experience as a professional fiduciary in more than 75 cases.
My appellate docket has placed me before the Michigan Supreme Court, Mich Court of Appeals, and the U S Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Serving 2-years as a pre-hearing attorney for the Mich Court of Appeals was my 1st job out of law school, followed by another 5-years in the appellate section of Plunkett & Cooney, one of Michigan’s largest private law firms.
For 8-years in the middle of my career, I was an Asst Professor and Director of Legal Studies at the Univ of Detroit Mercy. The UDM Law Review published my article on civil rights claims in the law enforcement seizure context. As a professor of legal studies, I trained paralegals in all aspects of assisting attorneys in private practice, publishing a comprehensive article on this subject in the Mich Bar Journal.
Supreme Court of the United States (June 2010)
State Bar of Michigan (since 1988)
U.S. District Court, Eastern Dist of Michigan
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA 1984)
University of Detroit School of Law (JD 1988)
Professional Associations & Memberships
Oakland County Bar Association
Macomb County Bar Association
Washtenaw County Bar Association
Michigan Guardianship Association
Honors and Awards
Citizen of the Week, WWJ Newsradio95
Areas of Practice
- Appellate Practice
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Real Estate
- Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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