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  1. Personal Injury: 70%
    37 years, 750 cases
  2. Car Accidents: 30%

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309 E Front St
Traverse City, MI, 49684


MIActive And In Good Standing197809/02/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
SuperlawyerDetroit News Superlawyer supplement2006
Multi Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2004
Finalist National Community Service AwardPrimerus2001
Board Certified in Civil Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy1991
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell1983
a v ratingMartindale HubbellN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
CounselThompson, O'Neil & VanderVeen, P.C.1980 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Grand Traverse-Leelanau County Community Mental HealthChairman of Board1997 - 1999
Michigan State Bar Civil Procedure CommitteeChair1993 - 1994
Goodwill Industries of Northern MichiganChairman of the Board1993 - 1995
Joint Committee of Michigan State Bar and Michigan State Medical SocietyMember1990 - 1991
Children's Hospitalization Family ServicesPresident1988 - 2002
Michigan Association of JusticeMember1980 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Garrisi v. Grand Traverse Metro Fire DepartmentMulti-million dollar recovery for family.
Brewer v. Payless StationsMichigan Supreme Court victory
Downey v. Charlevoix County Road CommissionCourt of Appeals overturned trial court dismissal
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Publication NameTitleDate
Michigan Trial Lawyers QuarterlyA Primer on Governmental Immunity1999
Michigan State Bar JournalRevisiting the Recreational User Act1988
Michigan State Bar JournalTrespassing on the Recreational User Act1984
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MichiganLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Alma CollegeHistory and PsychologyBachelor of Arts, Summa cum laude1975
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Michigan Hospitality IndustryAvoiding liability for dispensing alcoholic beveragesN/A
Michigan Association of JusticeDramshop liability, Medical Malpractice, Use of Demonstrative EvidenceN/A
Michigan Association of CardiologistsDemonstration and Counsel on avoiding claimsN/A
Institute of Continuing Legal EducationCross Examination, Pre-pleading Planning, Examination of Defense Medical Examiner, Demonstrative Evidence, Advocacy in the 90s, No Fault up date, The Fireman's Rule, No Fault Third-party Litigation, MediationN/A
Association of County Road CommissionsMock TrialN/A