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Erik S. H. Wallen

Car accident Attorney at Bay City, MI

4.5   14 reviews

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Erik S.H. Wallen graduated from Michigan State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1989 and was hired as an Associate with the Law firm of Patterson Gruber Kennedy Gill and Milster located in Bay City, Michigan concentrating in criminal defense and general civil litigation. In 1995 Erik was promoted to Partner, concentrating in Civil Litigation. In 2000, Erik joined the law firm of Kennedy Gill Wallen Rieman and Reyes as a Partner where his practice focused on Personal Injury Litigation, Family Law and Criminal Defense. In January, 2005 after 16 years in private practice in Bay City Michigan, Erik joined the Midland County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor. 
Erik was responsible for the oversight of the day to day office operations, the management of the criminal case load and the attorney staff. Erik prosecuted felonies ranging from violent assaultive crimes to capital drug offenses. In December, 2013 Erik was appointed Midland County Prosecuting Attorney where he in addition to his case load, was responsible for a wide array of legal functions for Midland. Erik returned to private practice joining the Law Firm of Bock and Wallen PLC in November,2014. Erik has served on the Midland County Child Protection Council, Safe and Sound Child Protection and Advocacy Center Committee, 1016 Recovery Care Network Board of Directors (Chairman in 2012 and Vice-Chairman in 2011), and various sub-committees in the community. He has been a member of the Midland County Drug Court since it’s inception in an effort to curb recidivism for individuals charged with substance-abuse related crimes in the community. Erik has practiced law in the Michigan Tri-City area for the past 26 years. He has been married to his college sweetheart for 27 years. Erik and Carrie have two children, Taylor age 23 and Garrett age 21.
Licensed for 33 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/06/2022

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Bock and Wallen PLC
708 Center Ave Ste 2.B
Bay City, MI, 48708-5975

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
divorce
Erik is very thorough attorney, he represented very concise. he is very clear on the information he ask to properly represent his client. He is Very Knowledgeable and was great representation for me and personally made me feel like he truly cared about me and my case. thank you sir very satisfied.
Posted by Judy | June 2, 2022
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He took really great care of me during this rough and confusing time of Divorce!!
I highly recommend Mr. Erik Wallen for representation during an unfortunate situation as divorce. I never in a million years would have ever guessed that my husband, who at one time was my best friend, would end up being my worse enemy. I was recommended by a friend to contact Mr. Wallen. That was the best call I ever made.... When I called I was treated so kindly by his wonderful assistant and she scheduled me within 2 days. The whole process was extremely smooth thanks to Mr. Wallen and all my needs were met. He is an expert and knows exactly how to take great care and meet the needs of his clients. I will always be grateful!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2022
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Amazing to work with, provides results
Erik took my concerns seriously. He was very straight forward and to the point. My expectations were beyond exceeded. He knew exactly how to present the facts/information in the most efficient way possible. I have hired a few different lawyers in the past and he is by far the best.
Posted by Gary | June 1, 2022
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Where do I start?
I hired Erik to represent me for my divorce and custody battle. I had no idea what to expect except the worse. That quickly changed after my first meeting with him. My divorce was very tricky and lasted 2 years. This included multiple properties, custody of my 2 daughters, my ex wife appealing every decision, 15 years personal and marital property. Erik is definitely the one you want on your side. His preparation, attention to detail, patience, follow up, determination and pure professionalism is top notch. My divorce issues have now lasted over 7 years, my ex wife takes me to court every couple months for everything from wanting to change the custody order to medical bills. Erik has never left me in doubt and has never backed down. I have never lost a case with him by my side. I don't know what I would of done if I didn't have Erik as my lawyer, he kept my head in the game and treated me like an equal. I watched my ex go through 5 lawyers trying to find someone that could even come close to compete. I read 2 of these reviews on here that said Erik was not professional and he was arrogant. This couldn't be farther from the truth, and coming to know and hire Erik for 7 years I would definitely know. If you want someone to lie for you or be shady then look somewhere else, Erik is true to his clients and true to himself and Im sure thats where the negative reviews came from. I have recommended Erik and I will continue to do so.
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2021
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Did the impossible
Erik represented me in a case where I was falsely accused of domestic violence in order for my spouse to gain traction in a potential divorce. Getting a DV dismissed in Midland County is very unlikely and I was told that by several people who work with midland courts. He got my case dismissed! He has a lot of experience with the attorneys and judges in midland and surrounding counties. Erik was very responsive to my questions and very straightforward with what to expect. I was referred to Erik by someone who has many years experience in midland courts and so happy I went with him. If you want an attorney who is going to coddle you, he is not your guy.. coddling doesn’t win cases though and Erik does. I am unbelievably impressed and relieved Erik has helped me prove my innocence with an impossible case. He is affordable, but what he did for me is invaluable and is worth so much more now that I have my life back.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2021
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The obvious choice
Erik represented me for a divorce settlement and was willing to go to bat for me even when I wasn't willing to do so for myself. Not only was he there or me every step of the way, and willing to listen to what I wanted even when he didn't agree at times, he is there for me again on a similar issue. Having had him previously there is no one else I would go to. He is knowledgeable in what he does, and his experience shows.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2020
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Experience & Expertise = Success!!
Erik represented me when I was served with a PPO with false charges as retaliation. Erik believed me and did a fantastic job questioning the petitioner and the witness. He was unbelievable! I am so thankful that I had him defend me. I strongly recommend Erik to get the job done!
Posted by Mike | September 25, 2020
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Great job for my needs
Erik was well versed and handled my divorce wonderfully. I feel he listened to him and answered all my questions. Never felt rushed or like I was just a number. Got sound advice and a very fair settlement of my case. Would go back to Erik if I need one again.
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2020
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Aggressive and effective
I hired Erik Wallen to represent me in a Divorce. I found him to be personable and compassionate. He was prepared, knowledgeable and aggressive when it counted. I highly recommend him. I will use him again if the need arises.
Posted by Kassandra | January 13, 2020
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Straight forward & thorough!
I am so thankful that I chose Erik Wallen to represent me during my divorce and custody. It was a scary time.. my husband at the time had money, a good lawyer and was prepared to take everything from me. I am so glad that Erik is tough and a hard worker. He was fair, thorough and great to work with. He definitely helped keep me focused during an emotional time. Overall highly recommended! Thank you for everything!
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2018
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Outstanding Representation
I hired Mr. Wallen to represent me in my divorce. He was very knowledgeable in divorce law and fought to get me an equitable settlement. He always treated me with respect and looked out for my best interest. I would recommend Mr. Wallen to anyone looking for a great divorce attorney.
Posted by Michele | January 13, 2015
Lawyer you want to know
I hired Erik Wallen to handle my divorce and custody matters. He exceeded my expectations. Erik got me custody of my two children, got me alimony from my husband and a new house to make our new life. Erik was responsive to my calls and requests. He was aggressive in court and did not back down despite my husbands threats and mud-slinging. I would highly recommend Erik to anyone out there who needs an experienced and aggressive trial lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2019
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Decent lawyer
He is extremely rude to his own clients at times. His bed-side manner is awful, such as, telling his clients to stop talking when they’re trying to explain something to him and saying, “Im talking now, and you’re going to listen”. I have never felt so disrespected as a grown, professional adult. He handled my case decently, however, did not address everything I asked, and did not seem to be 100% on my side through the process.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2021
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Arrogant
Erik is something else. Wow!! I cant believe he has any customers at all. He is arrogant, treats you like you are already guilty when he talks to you.
Response from Erik Wallen January 25, 2021
I remember you calling and soliciting legal advice over the phone. You were not a client of mine nor did I agree to represent you. I informed you over the phone that I would not advocate your position and declined meeting with you. You did not like the advice and even suggested I was wrong. Sometimes direct conversations are necessary for certain individuals. I understand you did not hear what you wanted from me in our telephone conversation. Direct conversation may have been misconstrued for confidence. I am confident in my lawyering and always zealously represent my clients. Apologies for any confusion. I wish you all the best.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bock and Wallen PLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Midland County District Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Midland County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Kennedy Gill Gruber Wallen Rieman and Reyes
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Partner
  • Patterson Gruber Kennedy Gill Wallen And Reiman
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Patterson Gruber Kennedy Gill and Milster
  • 1989 - 1995
  • Summer Clerk
  • Rosenbaum Clarke and Foster
  • 1984 - 1984
  • Legislative Aide
  • Michigan House Of Representatives Honorable Mat Dunakiss
  • 1982 - 1982
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Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Associations

  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Bay County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Bay County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Midland County Child Protection Council
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in Michigan
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Amazing preparation. Strong courtroom presentation. Diligent followup on cases. Respected by the judges."

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Bay City Car accident Lawyer Erik S. H. Wallen
Erik S. H. Wallen
Car accident Attorney
Bay City, MI
Licensed for 33 years