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Edward Jacob Sternisha

Edward Jacob Sternisha

also known as You Have The Right To Call Ed Instead!

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence

About Me

Edward is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

In addition to being licensed as an attorney, Edward is also licensed in the following areas:

  • Private Investigator

  • Insurance Agent

In addition to being licensed as an attorney, Edward also holds the following certifications:

  • Fire Fighter I & II

  • Notary Public

  • CPR/First Aid Instructor

  • Paralegal

  • Former Police Officer

  • Former Security Agency License Holder

  • Former Armored Truck Agency License Holder

Edward is also an author of 4 books:

  • Pot Pie Ashtrays: Breaking The Cycle Of Child Abuse

  • Start Your Own Business: A Simple Pocket Guide

  • Security Officer Training Manual: News Headlines & Review

  • Understanding Legislative Term Limits




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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2011

  1. DUI & DWI: 95%
  2. Criminal Defense: 4%
  3. Domestic Violence: 1%



Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

70 total 

  • Shawn James Haff

    Ed is a passionate, caring, smart and aggressive lawyer. I admire the investigative skills Ed has developed throughout his life and the way he uses these skills to help his clients. Ed will do what is best for his clients. He is not afraid to go to trial. If a good settlement is what your case calls for, Ed will get you a good deal with the local prosecutors. Because of the reasons above, I endorse this lawyer.


    Shawn Haff Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher Daniel Leroi

    Mr. Sternisha is an extremely talented attorney who provides great advice. Even though I have been practicing for 24 years and I am a former judge and magistrate, I learn from him every day. I would recommend him to anyone in his area.


    Christopher Leroi Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Office of Edward J. Sternisha, PLLC

448 Leonard St NW
Grand Rapids, MI, 49504


MIActive And In Good Standing201106/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Contributor - DUIAvvo2014
Client's Choice - Criminal DefenseAvvo2013
Hillman Advocacy Program CertificateUS District Court -Western Dist.of Michigan2012
Public Sector Law ClinicThomas M. Cooley Law School2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Edward J. Sternisha, PLLC2011 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganMember2014 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember2011 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Ionia-Montcalm Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v D.S.Dismissal
T.G. vs E.B.Rescinded
People v. M.NNot Guilty Jury Verdict

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Publication NameTitleDate
Fox17 NewsNews Interview2014
Softcover Print BookPot Pie Ashtrays: Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse2014
Softcover Print BookSecurity Officer Training Manual: News Headlines & Review2011
Softcover Print BookStart Your Own Business: A Simple Pocket Guide2010
Softcover Print BookUnderstanding Legislative Term Limits2010

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
American Red CrossCPR / First Aid InstructorCertification2005
University of PhoenixBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science2004
American Institute for Paralegal StudiesParalegalCertificate1994
Financial Services InstituteInsurance AgentCertificate1992
Grand Rapids Community CollegeCriminal JusticeAA1990
EMS Providers InstituteMedical First ResponderCertificate1990
Macomb Community CollegeFire FighterCertificate1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Tribute to Officer & VeteranDeputy Paul Barquist2015
The Lawyers ShowDrunk/Drugged Driving2014
Pot Pie Ashtrays book signing and discussionBreaking the Cycle of Child Abuse2014
News InterviewPolice Use of Dashcams2014
Lecture to Criminal Justice studentsThe U.S. Constitution2014
Constitution DayThe U.S. Consitution to GRPS 5th Graders2014
Community InterviewCriminal Defense & More2014
Lowell Area SchoolsMarch Is Reading Month2013
House Oversight CommitteeOppose 911 FOIA Bill2013
Grand Rapids Public SchoolsMarch Is Reading Month2013
Elementary School PresentationAbraham Lincoln2013
Consitution DayThe U.S. Consitution to GRPS 5th Graders2013
G.R. Public Schools Con-Law DayThe U.S.Constitution2012