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Donald C. Wheaton

Donald C. Wheaton Jr.

Practice areas:

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Divorce & Separation, Criminal Defense, Family, Litigation… more 

Donald Wheaton

About Me

I have represented clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies in complex business litigation matters to defending indigent individuals from criminal charges.  Having represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants gives me perspective of what cases require from both sides of the bar, and offers me an advantage in negotiating matters to resolution or trying cases to verdict when necessary.


 


I am a member of the first generation of my family to graduate college, and one of the few of that group to have a graduate degree.  I have stayed pretty true to my roots, and enjoy working with "regular" folks, though I handle myself well in so-called "elite" company, too.  I relate to my clients personally, and refuse to use legalese.  It's important for an attorney to be able to communicate with all of his different clients.


 


I am a tireless volunteer, giving time to Boy Scouts at many levels for the past 17 years; serving as a School Board member for 22 years; working with the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows for the last 12 years; and helping out at numerous school and community events.  I'm a voracious reader, a passionate music fan, and I keep abreast of current events and politics.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    22 years
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 25%
    10 years
  3. Family: 15%
    22 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 15%
    12 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Gregory G. Dean

    I endorse this lawyer. In my experience, Don has always been very attentive to his client's needs. He assesses each person's case carefully, and strives to find the best possible result for his clients. I believe Don to be a highly proffesional attorney who works hard to achieve his client's goals.

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    Gregory Dean Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Timothy A. Dinan

    I endorse this lawyer's work. He is honest, hard-working and a dedicated advocate. Don will give your matter its due attention. He is an expert on Michigan's Court Rules, Evidence and other aspects of litigation. Before hiring another attorney, meet with Don Wheaton. You won't regret it.

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    Timothy Dinan Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Donald C. Wheaton, Jr., P.C.

PO Box 806265
Saint Clair Shores, MI, 48080

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing198903/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Silver Beaver AwardGreat Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America2011
District Award of MeritGreat Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, Lakeshore District2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PresidentDonald C. Wheaton, Jr., P.C.2008 - Present
Staff AttorneyConsolidated Legal Services, P.C.2007 - 2008
PresidentDonald C. Wheaton, Jr., P.C.2005 - 2007
Associate AttorneyRichard L. Steinberg, P.C.1997 - 2005
Associate AttorneyHaisch & Boyda, P.C.1989 - 1997

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
BNI Eastside LaunchpadVice President2010 - Present
Consumer Bankruptcy AssociationMember2009 - 2009
State Bar of MichiganAttorney1989 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
First Public Corp. v. Parfet, 468 Mich. 101, 658 N.W.2d 477 (Mich. 2003)Won summary judgment, then defended and upheld it through the appeals process.
Schoenherr v. Stuart Frankel Dev. Co., 260 Mich.App. 172, 679 N.W.2d 147 (Mich.App. 2003)Successfully blocked the Defendant's dismissal motion at the trial court level, but lost on appeal.
Ormsby v. Capital Welding, Inc., 471 Mich. 45, 684 N.W.2d 320 (Mich. 2004)Changed Michigan caselaw regarding construction injury cases

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Black's Law Dictionary, 9th Ed.Practitioner Contributor2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1989
Alma CollegeReligious Studies and Sociology (With Honors)Bachelor of Arts1986

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Aging Well In America - Cable TV ShowIssues Confronting Children of Aging Parents2015