I have represented individuals in injury claims since my graduation from law school in 1992. It has been the primary focus of my practice for the last 16 years.
I have been a longstanding member the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Justice [MAJ] and I currently co-chair MAJs Publication Committee which works to help educate the finest trial attorneys in Michigan.
In 2003, I accepted an appointment through the Association of Trial Lawyers of America to sit as the State Chair for the Republican Trial Lawyer Caucus. Further, in that same year, I was nominated and elected to membership in The Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.
I serve on the Board of Directors for the Father Fred Foundation, the Council of Advocates for the Great Lakes Children's Museum and the Advisory Board to National City Bank in Traverse City, Michigan. I am the past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
From 2000 to present, I have moderated MTLA's winter seminar which focused on litigation strategies and techniques. I have lectured frequently in areas of trial discovery, depositions, auto no-fault, and closed head injuries. In 2002, I was asked by the State Bar of Michigan to author an article on the state of hedonic damages in Michigan for their litigation section.
In 1998, I received the highest plaintiff's verdict in the history of Oscoda County, MI in a case involving an auto accident. I have tried cases throughout the State of Michigan and also California.
In my spare time, I enjoying fly fishing with my two daughters and son and spending time with my wife Shawn.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Licensed since 1993
Hourly ($200-250/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes), Pro Bono (10%)
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I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tim for many years in a professional capacity. He is a top-notch lawyer. Tim is exceptionally smart, very experienced, and gets fabulous results for his clients. I would trust Tim with my own case. Tim is not only well-known and highly-respected in Northern Michigan, but throughout the state. I hold Tim in the highest regard.
Joey Niskar Employment & Labor Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Tim and his firm to be the leading injury law firm in the Northern Michigan area for years. Tim passionately fights for his clients' rights bring excellent results! I highly recommend Tim and his firm for your Northern Michigan legal needs!
Paul Whiting Car Accidents Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1993||06/27/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||The American Trial Lawyer Association||2009|
|"A-List" Attorneys in Northern Michigan||Traverse||2008|
|40 under 40||Grand Traverse Business News||2007|
|Father Fred Leadership Award||Ancient Order Of Hibernians||2003|
|Distinguished Service Award||Lutheran Social Services of Michigan||1994|
|Partner||Smith and Johnson, Attorney's PC||1995 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Nolan, Reincke, Thomsen and Villas, PC||1992 - 1994|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Brain Injury Association of Michigan||Board of Directors||2009 - Present|
|The Sara Jane Brain Project||Legal Advisory Committee||2009 - Present|
|Father Fred Foundation Capital Campaign||Co-Chair - raised $2.4 million dollars for the poor||2004 - Present|
|Schwartz v. Booth||Gross verdict of 1.3 million - net of $615,000|
|Perez v. Cherry Ke||Pre-suit settlement of $825,000|
|Parish v. Jessup Farms||$321,501 verdict following trial|
|State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section||Hedonic Damages in Michigan||2004|
|University of Notre Dame Law School||Law||Juris Doctorate||1992|
|University of Notre Dame||English Literature and Philosophy||Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Seminar Web||Endocrine System Dysfunction following Traumatic Brain Injury||2009|
|Closed Head Injury Litigation||Post-traumatic Hypo-pituitarism||2008|
|Auto No-Fault Seminar||Closed Head Injuries||2007|
|Auto No-Fault Seminar||Rental Car Liability||2005|
|Destroying the Defense Medical Examiner||Preparing to Depose the Defense Examiner||2002|
|Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Winter Seminar||Litigation Strategies and Techniques [from 2000 to present]||2000|