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Andrew P. Abood

About me

I graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987.  While at MSU I was a member of the varsity golf team.  Immediately upon graduation, I entered law school at Thomas M. Cooley in Lansing, Michigan.  I also began employment at the firm of Abood, Abood and Rheaume.  Although the standard graduation path from Cooley was 9 semesters, I accelerated and graduated in 7 while also maintaining a high GPA; graduating with cum laude status in the top 5 of my class.  Upon graduation, I was offered a prestigious position to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavangah, where I was employed for approximately 2 years.  After finishing my clerkship with the Supreme Court, I returned to the law firm of Abood, Abood & Rheume where I worked for 5 years.  In 1997, I decided to open my own firm (the Abood Law Firm), and in 1998 other family members joined my firm including F. Joseph Abood (brother) and Fredric S. Abood (Father).   

Although most lawyers today specialize in one or two areas of practice, I have been fortunate enough to have clients that have requested my services in a wide area of practice.  I have acted as Lead Counsel in real estate transactions exceeding $20,000,000.  I was Lead Counsel on one of the more complicated Brownfield Credit Real Estate developments in the state.  Admittedly, I am most noted for the number of high profile criminal defense cases, including cases that have drawn the attention of the national media.  Such cases include defending Drew Peterson out of the state of Illinois for approximately 2 years (Nov 2007 to April 2010).  My representation of Drew Peterson included having the court enter an Order requiring the State to return his property that was seized after several search warrants were issued, and the court dismissing a gun charge against him.  In addition, I was one of three attorneys that represented Drew Peterson during an evidentiary hearing from January 19, 2010 to February 19, 2010 in which I crossed the most witnesses and successfully helped suppress 10 of the 15 hearsay statements.  I also represented Lisa Holland who was charged with Open Murder in the death of her 7 year old adopted son.  The case was covered state wide including national media.  In May of 2009, a former Ingham County Judge was charged with OWI.  The Abood Law Firm filed a Motion to Suppress and the case was dismissed.     

I have extensive experience in commercial litigation including non competes, claims of tortious interference, wrongful death, wrongful discharge and personal injury cases.  In 2009, I obtained a verdict of approximately $450,000 plus interest against a bonding company that bonded a general contractor which subsequently failed to pay my client for services rendered.  I recently obtained a verdict for a major real estate company when its client failed to pay a commission earned by my client.  I have been asked to speak at Cooley Law School and Michigan State University Law School on a number of occasions based on the high profile cases that I have handled.  

If you have a case that is going to court, you should consider contacting the Abood Law Firm.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 25%
    26 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    26 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    26 years
  4. Car Accident: 20%
    26 years
  5. Divorce: 5%
    26 years



Hourly ($300-400/hour)

Payment types:

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    I know Andrew Abood to be a diligent lawyer who is a competent and effective attorney in both civil and criminal matters. He comes from a very strong and reputable legal family.


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Contact info

246 E Saginaw St
East Lansing, MI, 48823

246 East Saginaw Ste 100
East Lansing, MI, 48823



MIActive And In Good Standing199005/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Granted Pro Hoc Vice Status to Practice lawWood County, Ohio2010
Granted Pro Hoc Vice Status to Practice LawCincinatti, Ohio2009
Rating by Peersmartindale-hubbell2008
Appointed to the Michigan Civil Service CommissionGovernor2008
Granted Pro Hoc Vice Status to Practice LawWill County, Illinois2008
Recognition for President of the Young Lawyers AssociationsIngham County Bar Association1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAbood Law Firm1997 - Present
LawyerAbood, Abood & Rheaume1992 - 1997
Adjunct ProfessorThomas M. Cooley Law School1991 - 1991
Law ClerkMichigan Supreme Court1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Criminal Defense Association of MichiganMember2009 - Present
Will County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Michigan Civil Service CommissionCommissioner2008 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Cooley Law School Legal Authors SocietyMember1993 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1990 - Present
Ingham County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Cooley Law ReviewMember1989 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of the State of Illinois v Drew PetersonThe court ruled that only 5 of the 15 statements would be admissible.
People of the State of Michigan v Beverley Nettles NickersonMotion to Suppress Granted. Case Dismissed.
Municipal Construction v North AmericanJudgment in favor of the Plaintiff for $450,000 plus interest.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ingham County BriefsIngham County Briefs (Court Appointed Fees)2008
Cooley law ReviewUnion Dues Article on Supreme Court Opinion1999
Cooley Law ReviewIntentional Torts and Domestic Relations (Comment)1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Michigan State UniversityFinanceBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Integrity Speaker SeriesThe Intricacies and Ethics of Cases Involving Death2011
WILXSuper Drunk takes Effect October 31st2010
Interview about withdrawing from Drew PetersonDrew Peterson2010
Court hearing to determine competencePeople of the State of Michigan v Kelly2010
Cooley's Center for Ethics and ServicesEthics and High Profile Cases2010
Will County Illinois HearingDrew Peterson Press Conference2009
Larry King LiveDrew Peterson2009
On the Record Fox NewsDrew Peterson2008
MSU College of LawRicky Holland Symposium2007
Cooley Law SchoolRicky Holland Symposium2007
Greater Lansing Business MonthlyAbood Law Firm: A Family TraditionN/A