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Jim's office is in an historic log cabin in Southfield. His staff - Marjorie, Kiana, Dawn and Kelly, all have years experience in elder law.  Jim carries on the Abe Lincoln - log cabin tradition of integrity, honesty, compassion and respect.  Jim chose the log cabin as his office as reflecting his philosophy of equality and respect for all citizens.  The log cabin is a relaxing place where stressed out clients can watch carefree birds and squirrels enjoying tasty treats on the deck out back.


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 95%
    35 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 5%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

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Contact info

24330 Lahser Rd
Southfield, MI, 48033


MIActive And In Good Standing197805/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2002
Consumer ArbitratorNational Panel of Consumer Arbitrators1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Detroit Law School1997 - 1998
JudgeChippewa Ottawa Conservation Court1980 - 1983
Law ClerkUnited States District Court (W.D. Mi)1979 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysCouncil of Advanced Practitioners2008 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights SectionChair2004 - 2005
State Bar of Michigan, General Practice SectionChair1990 - 1991
Southfield Bar AssociationChair1987 - 1988
Publication nameTitleDate
BookThe Aristotelian Method: Practice Development2011
BookPatient Advocate Guide2011
Michigan State Bar JournalMedicaid and the Practice of Law2002
Michigan State Bar JournalElder Law1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Elder Advocate ConferenceCapacity and Surrogate Decision Making2011
2011 NAELA Elder& Special Needs Annual National ConferenceEthics of Medicaid Planning2011
Fall ConferenceChallenging Medicaid Policy2010
2010 Elder & Special Needs Law Annual MeetingTop Ten Tips for a Powerhouse Practice2010
Issues in AgingLegal Capacity2009
Caregiver ExpoElder Law, Tips for Elders and Caregivers2009
Caregiver ExpoElder Law, Tips for Elders and Caregivers2008
Caregiver ExpoElder Law Tips2007
Caregiver ExpoElder Law Tips2006
Legal education programHousing Contracts for Senior Residences2001
Caregiver ExpoElder Law TipsN/A