Since 1989, I have been licensed by the State Bar of Michigan and have earned a Master Lawyer distinction. In my decades of general practice, I have served more than 2000 clients.
Among the first-50 attorneys in Michigan to complete the Family Law Certificate program offered by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Ann Arbor, MI, I have completed more than a thousand divorces from start to finish. Also, I present lectures and seminars to other lawyers and legal professionals on a regular basis.
In addition to family law, I have a robust criminal law practice, representing clients in jury trials and appeals across Michigan. Approved for felony assignments by the Oakland County Circuit Court, and as a former roster attorney for the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System, I know my way around the criminal justice system.
Two Michigan Attorneys General [Cox and Schuette] have appointed me to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General (felony child support) and to serve Oakland County as a Public Administrator. These appointments have provided extensive family law, probate and elder law experience as a professional fiduciary in more than 1000 cases.
My appellate docket has placed me before the Michigan Supreme Court, Mich Court of Appeals, and the U S Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Serving 2-years as a pre-hearing attorney for the Mich Court of Appeals was my 1st job out of law school, followed by another 5-years in the appellate section of Plunkett & Cooney, one of Michigan’s largest private law firms.
For 8-years in the middle of my career, I was an Asst Professor and Director of Legal Studies at the Univ of Detroit Mercy. The UDM Law Review published my article on civil rights claims in the law enforcement seizure context. As a professor of legal studies, I trained paralegals in all aspects of assisting attorneys in private practice, publishing a comprehensive article on this subject in the Mich Bar Journal.
Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law (1988)
Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, (1984).