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Outside the practice of law, Mr. Stephenson is involved with numerous civic and charitable activities. He serves on the board of directors of a local private Montessori school and as a trustee of a charitable trust to benefit a coeducational service fraternity at Michigan State University. Mr. Stephenson is a current member and past president of the young lawyers sections of the Ingham County Bar Association.


With his wife and family, Mr. Stephenson enjoys traveling and spending time coaching the various activities of his two children.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 80%
    23 years
  2. Licensing: 10%
    17 years
  3. Insurance: 10%
    17 years



Hourly ($275-600/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Willingham & Cote

333 Albert Ave
East Lansing, MI, 48823


MIActive And In Good Standing199308/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Case of NoteVerdictSearch Medcial Malpractice2016
Case of NoteVerdictSearch Michigan2016
Superb AttorneyAvvo2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
International B Co-ChampionElegance Majestic, Punta Cana, Dominican Rep2015
Best in Medical Malpractice Defense - MichiganThe Corporate America Legal Elite2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Superb AttorneyAvvo2015
Client Choice AwardAvvo2014
Superb AttorneyAvvo2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Featured VerdictVerdict Search2013
Superb AttorneyAvvo2013
Top ContributerAvvo2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Top Attorneys in MichiganShowmark2011
Mr. MajesticColonial Majestic, Punta Cana, Dominican Rep2011
Charles E. Willingham AwardWillingham & Cote2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Jack L. Cote AwardWillingham & Cote2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWillingham & Cote1999 - Present
AssociateMeklir, Nolish & Friedman1991 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ingham County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1993 - Present
Ingham County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPast PresidentN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1993 - 2006
Federalist SocietyMember1991 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Apsey v Memorial Hospital (on reconsideration),N/A
Persichini v William Beaumont HospN/A
Smith v Henery Ford HospitalN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Legal PerspectiveDon't Inadvertently Choose Death2015
Briefs (ICBA)High Adventure2014
The Legal PerspectiveTrial Prep vs Trail Prep2014
AVVO Legal GuidesWhat to Expect at Trial2012
AVVO Legal GuidesBasic Elements of a Malpractice Case2012
Michigan Defense QuarterlyAffidavits of Merit in Medical Malpractice Litigation2003
AVVO Legal GuidesHow to Handle a State License Investigation2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Oxford, Oxford, EnglandComparative LawN/a1990
Michigan State UniversityBusiness administration & public administrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sparrow Neonatology RetreatThe Law2015
Litigation Education RetreatThe Legal Process2015
Don't Inadvertently Choose DeathCare Codes, Medical Powers of Attorney & Advance Directives2015
Regional Claims SummitChallenges of Defending Bowel Perforation Cases2014
Litigation Education RetreatMedical Malpractice Basics2014
From the Exam Room to the CourtroomLoss Prevention for Today's Physician2008
2007 Physician Risk Management SeminarDocumentation, Differential Diagnosis and the Disinterested Physician2007
Smooth Sailing: Navigating the Rough Waters of Modern Day PracticeMid-level Providers, Testimony Red Flags & Pitfalls2006
Risk Management PresentationLet's Talk: Communicating the Good, the Bad & the Apology2005
Annual Fall Risk Management ConferenceRisk Management & Patient Care in the Office Setting2004
Practice MeetingsMedical Malpractice2003
PreLaw Fraternity MeetingWhat to Expect from the Law2002
Legal Implications of Documentation in a Busy Office SettingMedical Documentation2002