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. Also, I present lectures and seminars to other lawyers and legal professionals on a regular basis.
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 for criminal appeals through 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.
Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit (1988)
Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, (1984).
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Licensed since 1989
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1989||03/27/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Citizen of the Week||WWJ News Radio 95||1998|
|Owner & Founder||Clarkston Legal||2009 - Present|
|Partner||Karlstrom Cooney, LLP||2004 - Present|
|Assistant Professor||University of Detroit Mercy||1995 - 2001|
|Associate Attorney||Plunkett & Cooney, LLP||1990 - 1995|
|Prehearing Attorney||Michigan Court of Appeals||1989 - 1990|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Oakland County Bar Association||Chairman - Criminal Law Committee||2013 - 2014|
|Supreme Court of the United States||Member||2010 - Present|
|Macomb County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Michigan Guardianship Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||Member||1989 - Present|
|Michigan Supreme Court Felony Murder Case||4-3 decision by Mich Supreme Court|
|United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals||6th Circuit Court of Appeals Affirmed Conviction|
|Not Guilty Jury Verdict - Nov 2009||Client charged w/ assault but acquitted by jury.|
|Laches (OCBA)||Cyber Crimes||2014|
|Michigan Bar Journal||Should More Be Done to Credential Paralegals?||2001|
|University of Detroit Mercy Law Review||"Suicide by Police"||2000|
|University of Detroit Mercy School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Michigan||Political Science and History||Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Brother Rice High School||N/A||High School Diploma||1980|
|Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series||Cyber Crimes||2013|
|When a Simple Status Update Can Backfire: The Growing Effects of Social Media in Family Law Issues||Social Media and Privacy Law||2012|
|Midland County Bar Association Presentation||Marketing Legal Services Via Social Media||2012|
|Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series||Defending Child Support Felony Cases||2012|
|Avvocating 2012||Legal Marketing in the Era of Social Media||2012|
|10th Annual Family Law Institute||Emerging Issues in Social Media||2011|
|Effective Law Firm Strategies to Improve Your Bottom Line||Law Firm Marketing and Social Media||2010|
|Criminal Defense - "Brown Bag Lunch"||Defending Felony Child Support Cases||2010|
|Attorney Seminar on Starting a Law Practice||Law Firm Practice & Marketing||2010|
|2010 "Solo & Small Firm Institute"||Social Media Marketing for Lawyers||2010|
|Solo & Small Firm Institute||Law Firm Marketing||2009|