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About me

I have been with Steffel & Steffel, a small AV-rated law firm in Battle Creek, Michigan since 1995. Prior to returning to Michigan, I worked at two law firms in the Northern Virginia area.
My "marketing plan" always has been to provide the best possible legal representation for clients by doing what it takes to get the job done, charging clients for productive time at a reasonable rate, and keeping them informed of what is going on in their matter, as the decision how to proceed belongs to the client, not the lawyer. It is important to know what the client expects and hopes to achieve at the beginning of the relationship, let the client know if I can honestly help them get there, and the explain the different ways the journey could play out.


Commercial transactions and litigation; wills, trusts, and probate; obtaining and collecting debts by all legal means available, inlcuding liens, garnishments, and pursuing rights in bankuptcy, real estate transactions and disputes, liquor licensing, contracts and civil litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Social Security: 20%
  4. Probate: 15%
  5. Real Estate: 15%



Hourly ($200/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

332 Columbia Ave E
Battle Creek, MI, 49015


MIActive And In Good Standing199501/08/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law198809/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Circle of ExcellenceMichigan Advocacy Program2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySteffel & Steffel1995 - Present
AttorneyMagruder & Associates1990 - 1995
AttorneyWalton & Adams1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Calhoun County Bar AssociationPast President1996 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
William and Mary Law ReviewDoes Section 524(a) of the Bankruptcy Code Bar Criminal Prosecution Concerning Discharged Debts?1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Western Michigan UniversityManagementBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
March meetingGifting, IRAs and Beneficiaries2015
MeetingTen Quick Legal Tips2011
MeetingTen Quick Legal Tips2011