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Donald C. Wheaton Jr.

About me

I have represented clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies in complex business litigation matters to defending indigent individuals from criminal charges.  Having represented both Plaintiffs and Defendants gives me perspective of what cases require from both sides of the bar, and offers me an advantage in negotiating matters to resolution or trying cases to verdict when necessary.


I am a member of the first generation of my family to graduate college, and one of the few of that group to have a graduate degree.  I have stayed true to my roots, and prefer working with "regular" folks, though I handle myself well in so-called "elite" company, too.  I relate to my clients personally, and refuse to use legalese.  It's important for an attorney to be able to communicate with all of his different clients.


I am a tireless volunteer, giving time to Boy Scouts at many levels for the past 18 years; serving as a School Board member for 23 years; working with the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows for the last 14 years; and helping out at numerous school and community events.  I'm a voracious reader, a passionate music fan, and I keep abreast of current events and politics.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
    23 years
  2. Divorce: 25%
    23 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
    13 years
  4. Chapter 7: 15%
    11 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Marc A. Deldin

    I endorse Don. He understands the complex dynamics that cause divorce and custody disputes. Don can be the fierce pit bull or the calming conciliator. Family law is not suited for a "one size fits all" solution, and Don tailors his approach based on the facts of the case. I do not hesitate to send family referrals to Don.


    Marc Deldin Litigation Attorney
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  • Gregory G. Dean

    I endorse this lawyer. In my experience, Don has always been very attentive to his client's needs. He assesses each person's case carefully, and strives to find the best possible result for his clients. I believe Don to be a highly proffesional attorney who works hard to achieve his client's goals.


    Gregory Dean Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

Donald C. Wheaton, Jr., P.C.

PO Box 806265
Saint Clair Shores, MI, 48080


MIActive And In Good Standing198908/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Vigil HonorNoquet Lodge, Order of the Arrow2012
Silver Beaver AwardGreat Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America2011
District Award of MeritGreat Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, Lakeshore District2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentDonald C. Wheaton, Jr., P.C.2008 - Present
Staff AttorneyConsolidated Legal Services, P.C.2007 - 2008
PresidentDonald C. Wheaton, Jr., P.C.2005 - 2007
Associate AttorneyRichard L. Steinberg, P.C.1997 - 2005
Associate AttorneyHaisch & Boyda, P.C.1989 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
BNI Eastside LaunchpadLeadership Team2010 - Present
State Bar of MichiganAttorney1989 - Present
Consumer Bankruptcy AssociationMember2009 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Corcoran v. Publow, 418 B.R. 231 (E.D.Mich. 2009)Successfully defeated the Trustee's objections to the Debtors' exemptions in their tax refunds.
Ormsby v. Capital Welding, Inc., 471 Mich. 45, 684 N.W.2d 320 (Mich. 2004)Changed Michigan caselaw regarding construction injury cases
Schoenherr v. Stuart Frankel Dev. Co., 260 Mich.App. 172, 679 N.W.2d 147 (Mich.App. 2003)Successfully blocked the Defendant's dismissal motion at the trial court level, but lost on appeal.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Black's Law Dictionary, 9th Ed.Practitioner Contributor2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Alma CollegeReligious Studies and Sociology (With Honors)BA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Aging Well In America - Cable TV ShowIssues Confronting Children of Aging Parents2015