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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 

  • Brian S Wayson

    Attorney Sternisha generously shares the breadth and depth of his legal knowledge with consumers and attorneys here on Avvo. His Avvo answers are dead-on accurate and show his considerable knowledge and care for his clients and helping people understand their legal rights so they can make the best choice for them and their issues. If you have a business, contract, criminal defense or family law legal matter, I wholeheartedly recommend him to you. I endorse this lawyer.


    Brian Wayson Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charissa Chaiyiang Huang

    I had the opportunity to work with Attorney Sternisha in person at an advocacy program and found him to be knowledgeable and quick on his feet. In addition to being both pragmatic and passionate about his practice, Attorney Sternisha is a genuinely nice guy. For these reasons, I endorse Attorney Sternisha.


    Charissa Huang Immigration 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 Standing201108/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top ContributorAvvo2015
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