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Robert S. Whims

Robert S. Whims

Practice areas:

Litigation, Construction & Development, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Separation, Business

About Me

I am a dedicated husband and father.  We live on a small farm where we raise livestock and crops.   We supply our own organic beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, pork, eggs, and milk, in addition to making things like bio-diesel and even our own soap. 


Our faith is important to us.  Also, my entire family loves to hunt and fish, and we try to spend time pursuing these interests when not otherwise occupied with the farm, sports and the normal events of life. 


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Business: 20%
    19 years, 100 cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    19 years, 150 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    26 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Construction & Development: 20%
    26 years, 250 cases
  5. Litigation: 20%
    26 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • James Warren Amberg

    Rob Whims is a lawyers lawyer who is considered one of the great legal minds in Michigan jurisprudence. Rob's intensive legal knowledge spans from criminal defense to real estate to personal injury. Personally, I have sought Rob's advice on many of my cases, including the high profile Holbrook murder case. I know that my colleagues who practice in plaintiff personal injury routinely request Rob's advice and consultation as a leader in the field. In addition to his intelligence, another important part of Rob's character is that he is a proven legal warrior who is not afraid to take a case to trial, file cutting edge motions, or go the distance in the Michigan appellate courts. Putting all of that aside, Rob's best quality is his ability to understand people. He is a family man who cares deeply about his clients, whether they are charged criminally or have been seriously injured. The bottom line is that Rob is worth every penny and if you need legal help, you need to call Rob now!


    James Amberg Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christian K. Lassen

    Great attorney.


    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

603 Bay St
Po Box 705
Traverse City, MI, 49685

603 Bay St
Traverse City, MI, 49684



MIActive And In Good Standing199606/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Life SpikeNational Association of Home Builders2010
Emerging Leader AwardHome Builders Association - Grand Traverse Area2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderSmith & Johnson Attorneys, PC2005 - Present
N/AGray Ford & Seaman2004 - 2005
N/AQuade and Associates2003 - 2004
Deputy District AttorneySan Diego County District Attorneys Office2001 - 2003
PartnerBurcham and Whims1996 - 2001
Deputy District AttorneyOrange County District Attorneys Office1988 - 1996

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Paradise Township Planning CommissionCommission member2009 - 2012
Paradise TownshipTrustee2006 - Present
Home Builders Association Grand Traverse CountyPresident2005 - 2011
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganBoard of Directors2005 - 2012

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
R.C. vs. Dar-Side Inn, et alVerdict for plaintiff/client
Hughes v. DunnVerdict for plaintiff/client
Shea Homes/Palmyra v. Masonry Co.Verdict for plaintiff/client

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Publication NameTitleDate
ToolboxWhat Party2009
ToolboxThe Demise of "The Fund"2009
NewsbuilderThe New Homeowner Construction Lien Recovery Fund2008
NewsbuilderBig Trouble2008
Michigan Home Resource GuideHBANWM - Christmas Comes Early2008
NewsbuilderAttack of the Unlicensed Contractor2008
Tool BoxIt Always Something2008
NewsbuilderSuppliers Beware2007
NewbulderContractors Held to Higher Standard Than Homeowners2007
NewsbuilderContract Updates2007
NewsbuilderBuilders Are Exempt From Consumer Protection Claims2007
NewsbuilderBig Trouble2007
NewsbuilderCommit to Excellence or Commit to Litigate2006
NewsbuilderA Real Life Lien Story2006
The Right To CounselNew Discovery Rules2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of MichiganFinance/MarketingBBA1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Seminar in the SnowDirect Examination2014
Annual Meeting - MAJConstruction Law2014
Seminar in the SnowClosing Argument2013
National WebinarJury Selection Techniques2013
Winter SeminarNew Jury Instructions2012
National WebinarJury Selection2012
Annual MeetingCross-Examination of the Extremely Reluctant Witness2012
Zoning and Planning Meeting - Multi-countyMedical Marijuana2011
New Lawyer WorkshopHow to's of Trial Practice2011
Home Builders AssociationDispute Resolution, Contracts and Liens2010
Leelanau County Sheriffs OfficeConstitutional Law/Search and Seizure Issues2009
Home Builders AssociationConstruction Liens2008
Home Builders AssociationContract Update2008
Michigan Association For JusticeJury Selection2007