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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1998||04/03/2017|
|HI||Suspended - Administrative||1989||04/01/2017|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.
Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.
Thomas’s comment: “Not guilty of any ethical wrong-doing.”
|Lawyer||Cannabis Counsel, PLC||2010 - Present|
|General Counsel & VP for Business Development||IDEACore, LLC||2000 - 2010|
|Lawyer||Riecker, Van Dam, Barker and Black||1998 - 2000|
|Michigan State University College of Law||General Law plus an added concentration in International Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
Posted by Joseph
Mr. Lavigne is not a two, three, or four-star attorney, he is a 5-STAR fantastic attorney!
I had the beginnings of a controversy around some complex U.S. Federal laws. Mr. Lavigne researched laws on my behalf, found supporting regulations, and then “educated” the government’s own attorneys. They backed down, saw it his way, and we prevailed. Since then, I have had him represent me in several legal matters over the years, ranging from personal to complex business matters, and he is excellent.
After hiring many attorneys, I found these keys lead me to the best ones. They should…
1. Have compassion, empathy, and shun arrogance
2. Have patience to listen actively, and understand my viewpoint
3. Help me understand, so that I can contribute in decisions that will affect my life
4. Stand up for my individual liberties and freedoms, to preserve them
5. Be creative in legal research, to uncover exceptional principles
6. Rebuke the opposition, with diplomacy, not just fold or plea to everything
7. Possess superior knowledge, know how to execute and win
Mr. Lavigne does all the above, with quality. He inspires confidence. He cares, he listens, he has patience, and to top it off, he proved that his legal research wins results. If you meet him, you will quickly sense his positivity, passion and compassion. He helps people like me, from all walks of life, so they don’t flounder in a legal system increasingly self-important, bloated, and encroaching too far into liberties. He stood up for my rights and raised arguments that the other side was legally unprepared for, so we won.
Do the skills above, at times, rankle a few feathers of his legal adversaries? Sure, it’s tough for them to be made to backpedal. I saw his staunch defense of a principle upon which the other side wanted us silent, because it helped my case, not theirs. If Mr. Lavigne caved, it would have been easier for all, except me! He did not. Let’s be honest, if your side is forthright when the other players want to coast, expecting to skate by a low-energy mediocre defense, they may be perturbed. I think the opposition is a tad on edge when a creative intellect like Mr. Lavigne enters the courtroom. I wouldn’t want it any other way!
Finally, I note that other lawyers I hired rush through, while he has always extended to me the courtesy and respect to answer my questions and educate me, he considers my input…it’s my life! Mr. Lavigne is someone about whom I can honestly say makes me realize that a lawyer can be a source of good. I would sleep most comfortably with him as my advocate, on any case of mine. I would never choose another attorney if Thomas Lavigne was available!
Posted by Jeffery
I could go on and on about how disappointing Mr. Lavigne was as a lawyer. The canabis council really talked him up on the phone, once he had my check he put very little effort into my case. Showed up two and a half hours late to my hearing, it appeared he was stoned. At my sentencing he continued to argue with the judge after I had already been sentenced to two years of probation. All this arguing did was cause the judge to get up out of his seat and yell at him, followed by giving me an extra 90 day jail sentence because he was so upset. I've tried calling the canabis concil numerous times over the past few months, I've called his cell phone and he never answers. I've been trying to get a refund because from the very start he said "I'll get this case dropped, no problem." I've also tried left messages for the main lawyer for cannabis concil numerous times, with no returned call. I ended up contacting another lawyer when I was realsed from jail, he informed me that everyone considers the cannabis concil a complete joke and that I would have been better off getting a public defender. I hope this helps some of you out there, I wish I would have know about this website when I was looking for a lawyer. Whatever you do, don't waste your money on any of these clowns in cheap suits. Considering that no one will return my calls, I plan on filling a complaint with the Attorney Grievence Commission of Michigan.
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