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John R. Parnell Jr.

Litigation Attorney at Saint Clair Shores, MI

5.0   82 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    Wills, trusts, financial and medical powers of attorneys, and asset transfer assistance.

    14 years

  2. Litigation
    30%
    Probate litigation, family law, real estate and defense.

    14 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    Decedents estates, guardianships, conservatorships, undue influence, capacity and fiduciary defense/prosecution.

    14 years

  4. Real estate
    20%
    Purchase Agreements, land contracts, Broker defense, title review, Condemnation, Adverse Possession, Material Misrepresentation, Defense, short sales, deed in lieu negotiation and lien stripping.

    14 years

Mr. Parnell, Jr. concentrates his practice on real property litigation, estate planning, probate litigation, family law, and criminal law. Prior to joining The Parnell Firm, Mr. Parnell, Jr. protected the rights of indigent individuals at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office; and gained further experience working with a probate and estate planning firm. His diverse knowledge makes him an invaluable asset to this firm. Mr. Parnell Jr.’s clients include individuals and family businesses.

 

Mr. Parnell, Jr. is active in a variety of community organizations, including the Grosse Pointe Farms Police ESU. Whether he is drafting an estate plan to fit your specific family needs, helping you keep your home, or defending your constitutional rights, his commitment to your objectives is laudable.

 

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Licensed for 14 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2008
Updated 10/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact John

The Parnell Firm
24001 Greater Mack Ave
Suite B
Saint Clair Shores, MI, 48080
Lubera & Parnell, PLC.
102 Kercheval Avenue
Suite 201
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, 48236
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Reviews

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Posted by Lory | November 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Authority
My husband and I give John Parnell Jr. our highest endorsement in estate planning. Having neared retirement, we were in need of all aspects of "getting things in order." John is extremely knowledgeable and up-to-date in terms of the legal aspects of estate planning, and additionally he can explain it in layman's terms. He did not rush us; he established a friendly atmosphere and went through all the things we needed to decide with care and concern. John is a gifted attorney; you can see his natural intelligence at work, coupled with his passion for knowing the law and serving his clients. We trust him implicitly and would recommend him to anyone in search of quality legal assistance and personal, caring attention.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2012
Dedicated and Compassionate
Divorce is a very trying time to say the least but, it was reassuring to have John there to guide me through. He was extremely thorough, personable and reliable. Also, he was extremely easy to speak with and understanding in delicate situations. I would highly recommend John to anyone seeking legal council.
Posted by Brooke | May 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
We worked with John on our recent estate planning. John was very thorough in his work, addressing our concerns, and doing so in a timely manner. My husband and I feel so much better knowing this is now taken care of for our family. We would definitely recommend John to others and would work with him in the future if ever needed!
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Posted by Diane | February 14, 2020
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Great attorney
John was very professional and friendly. He explained everything in terms we understand. He was very organized and helpful with the process of estate planning, trusts, wills and durable power of attorney. We were very satisfied with the services he gave us.
Posted by Joe | November 20, 2022
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John Parnell Jr.
John's multiple five star ratings are no accident. He is extremely competent, thoughtful and thorough. He prepared our Trust and left no stone unturned. We would highly recommend.
Posted by Antonio | October 13, 2022
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Family Trust and POA
Was a truly pleasant, relaxed and easy procedure. John took the time to explain and answer every question my young daughter and I had in regards to our family planning. I couldn’t imagine a better experience. Would highly recommend
Posted by Amber | July 7, 2022
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Excellent service
John is a very friendly and knowledgeable lawyer! He made our process quick, easy and smooth. He was also more than willing to go out of his way to answer all the questions we had regarding a separate matter.
Posted by Richard | May 12, 2022
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John Parnell Jr.
Wonderful experience getting our living trust completed. Very effecient and professional. Thanks John!
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2022
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Parnell Law Firm
John Parnell Jr. was extremely helpful with my estate planning. He was very patient and took the time to answer all my questions and concerns. I would highly recommend him to others!
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2022
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Tha Parnell Law Firm is Professional
From the time I called to make an appointment with John and his team they've treated me with respect. Upon my first visit to the office, the professionalism was outstanding. The Parnell Law Firm knows their stuff. Great work.
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2021
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Trust service
John completed a trust for me and assisted in helping with decisions , documents. He was clear and easy to discuss all situations with. Very professional and follow up was excellent.
Posted by Charles | August 10, 2021
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Professional and caring - very knowledgeable
John was referred to me by my daughter after she used him for her estate planning. I found him to be very professional, highly respectful of my situation, wishes and plans. He took the fear out of estate planning and was very knowledgeable and able to answer all the questions I had about my estate. His relaxed yet confident demeanor made these topics easier to discuss and decide, bringing peace of mind to me regarding my family when I am no longer here with them (hopefully someday far into the future!). I highly recommend John to anyone looking for a trustworthy attorney to handle all their estate planning.
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Posted by Susan | March 6, 2021
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Phenomenal attorney 12/10! (Better than great!!)
Mr. Parnell, Jr. updated our Estate Planning. He was friendly, knowledgeable, extremely knowledgeable, very professional and generous with his time to review everything and make sure all of our questions were answered and ensured all of our interests were protected and our wishes will be fulfilled. I would not hesitate to recommend MR. Parnell, Jr. to anyone. He was phenomenal’.
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Posted by Richard | January 8, 2021
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Fast and friendly professional service. A+
Very quick to get an appointment. He looked at all my wife's and my needs to protect our every intrest. If anyone is looking for a great attorney, look no further He is the best. Thanks for a great job!
Posted by Mark and Teresa | October 26, 2020
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Mark and Teresa
On July 13, 2020 my mother passed away. We consulted with John Parnell, Jr., regarding my mother’s estate. John was very knowledgeable and respectful of our situation. He helped us to make the right decision regarding our inquiry. Subsequently we hired John to assist us in our estate planning. He drew up a Living Trust for us. John explained the benefits of creating a Trust and was very patient in answering any questions we posed to him. He made certain that we had a full understanding of the documents before signing them. John is a very kind and knowledgeable attorney and we would highly recommend him to anyone seeking Estate Planning.
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Posted by Ron | September 2, 2020
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Quick, Efficient, Painless!!!
My wife and I had been putting off getting a will drawn up for years. So glad we chose to do it with John Parnell Jr. He was helpful, gave us good advice, and the whole process was much more straightforward than we could have imagined. Great job, thanks John!
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2020
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Satisfied Client GG
Like many individuals, I'm a bit nervous with lawyers. However, I've met with John Parnell Jr. on several occasions over the past 10 years and he as always made me to feel comfortable. I have been completely satisfied in the legal matters handled by him and his firm which included drawing up a trust, revising a trust, and the review and docs related to the sell of several properties. I'm very thankful to have found a lawyer and law firm I can count on.
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Posted by Sam | September 20, 2019
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Review for John R. Parnell Jr. & Parnell Law Firm
John Parnell Jr. was a most able, professional, and affable gentleman who helped us put together a 'Living Trust.' He guided us through each step and went over material that needed clarification. I would highly recommend Mr. Parnell.
Posted by Gregg and Rita | August 15, 2019
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Estate Planning
John Jr prepared our will, trust, and power of attorney. He was thorough and prompt with answers to our questions and willing communicate with us until we tailored the best plan for us. Sat with us a number of times to go over every detail of these documents. Very professional.
Posted by Ray | August 6, 2019
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Estate Planning / Trust
John was both professional and understanding in designing our Estate Planning and Trust, and associated legal documents, to meet all of our " wish list" requirements. His process, from initial consultation to the implementation of the Trust, gave us time for consideration of many factors, adequate time to review the draft documents, and answer any of our questions. The whole process was very professional, thorough, timely and very cost effective.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Parnell Firm, PLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Student Attorney
  • The Washtenaw County Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Robert R Lubera PLC
  • 2004 - 2006

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of North Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • Grosse Pointe South
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • People v J.W.
  • Jury Verdict: not guilty on all counts
  • PS v. KS
  • Clients inheritance deemed separate property and short sale approved
  • People v M.P.
  • Jury verdict: Not Guilty on all counts
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Associations

  • Lakeshore Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Macomb County Probate Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Consumer Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Clients Choice for Estate Planning
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice for Foreclosure
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Respect for Law
  • Optimist International
  • 2010
  • Book Award for Probate Practice
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2008
  • Honor Roll
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
  • Deans List
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Private Conference
  • 2014 Dodd Frank and Land Contracts
  • 2014
  • 2014 Business Planning
  • Estate Planning & Probate Avoidance
  • 2013
  • Private Conference
  • Realtors and Short Sales
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (17)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I enthusiastically endorse the legal skills and professionalism of Attorney John Parnell, Jr. He and I went up against one another for a divorce case, and he diligently and effectively represented the interests of his client in an efficient manner. If you need a Michigan divorce lawyer, you should consider contacting him."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Parnell is dedicated to accomplishing the long term goals of his clients, protecting their wealth and creating strategic resolutions to complicated problems."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse John. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly regarded in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A real go-to guy in his practice area."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I thoroughly enjoy reading Attorney Parnell's AVVO responses because I believe they are straightforward and provide the readers (attorney and non-attorney alike) useful information and advice."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Honest advice, practical answers on AVVO. He is a skilled and concerned advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Parnell is an excellent lawyer - conscientious and caring about his clients. I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I spent time working with John in Washtenaw County during law school. He is a vigorous fighter for his clients. Even today, I am happy to have a friend to bounce theories and ideas off of. John is a true asset to the legal community."
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