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Brian R. Laxton

Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney at East Lansing, MI

5.0   31 reviews

also known as Attorney and Counselor at Law PLLC, 517-977-0915


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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Ethics and professional responsibility
    65%
    Character and Fitness and Attorney Discipline

    23 years, 300 cases

  2. Administrative law
    15%
    Professional Licensing and Driver's License Restoration

    23 years, 100 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    15%
    State and Federal; Drunk Driving

    23 years

  4. Appeals
    5%
    State and Federal Criminal and Civil, State Bar of Michigan Examination Appeals

    23 years

Licensed for 23 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Brian R. Laxton Attorney at Law PLLC
PO Box 4925
East Lansing, MI, 48826

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Posted by Kevin | January 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sharp and well-prepared
I actually chose to hire Brian based on the reviews I found on Avvo. Brian helped guide me through a four-year journey into the Character and Fitness process, including preparing my application to face all of my issues head-on. At every hearing, Brian showed up extremely well-prepared, knew the facts of my case and even found helpful things in my file that I had overlooked or forgotten about. He was a zealous advocate at my hearings and the end result was admission to the State Bar. Thank you for everything Brian, I don't think it would have been possible without your representation and counseling.
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Posted by Ross | October 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Character and Fitness Attorney
I wouldn't be an attorney today without Brian Laxton's assistance through the character and fitness process. It is not an exaggeration to say that Michigan has one of the most difficult and stressful licensure processes in the United States. Brian knew exactly what to do, the finer details of the process, and how to best present my case to both the district and standing committees. Once we prevailed at the standing committee Brian also successfully petitioned the board of law examiners to preserve my bar exam score. This was a particularly big relief since my obligations to the national guard and a major wrist surgery left me with less than a month to prepare for the July exam. If you have to go through the character and fitness process in Michigan, I highly recommend hiring Brian Laxton.
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Posted by John | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
4-year Journey
Brian was referred to me by a very good friend and fellow attorney. I had some rather serious character and fitness issues when I applied to the bar during a very difficult period in my life. Brian was a good friend during this time as well as a counselor. He thoroughly prepared me for both the district and standing committee hearings. He was vigilant throughout the whole process and ultimately helped me to be approved for membership to the State Bar of Michigan. Brian has been involved in helping with professional licensing issues for several years and is an expert with this process. His rates are very reasonable and his track record speaks for itself. I highly recommend him for any professional license issues that you may have.
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Posted by Robert | October 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
best case scenario
I am not sure whether I would have my professional license today were it not for Brian Laxton. Some rougher patches in my past were, understandably, flagged for a formal investigation and review by my application. It was a good move to consult with Brian before I even submitted my initial application paperwork. He helped ensure that my application was drafted in a way that set a good tone for the rest of the review. Brian guided me through every step of the process, from completing my initial application up to and including a committee meeting. Our preparation resulted in a best case scenario coming out of the hearing, and the committee’s positive recommendation was adopted at the higher levels of review. It took a long time. It felt like it took even longer than it actually did. But at the end of the process I emerged a licensed attorney. It was more stressful than 1L, in many ways. While I can’t say how I might have navigated it on my own, I can try to speculate. I did not understand the unique procedure, rights, rules, or the considerable levels of personal discretion given to the committee members who were to determine the fate of my application. I had little concept of what ideas they would consider most important, what would be considered positive developments, what would be considered negative ones. Even with Brian’s help, the process was confusing and frustrating. Given all these factors, it is dubious that on my own things would have gone as well they did: as smoothly as smoothly as possible, at every step. It is more likely that I would have mucked things up and at least caused a big delay and/or higher review, if not worse. Many of the strategies we used were not ones I would have intuited. In retrospect the only thing I might have changed would be to consult with Brian even earlier in my application process. Some issues under review might have benefited from a more organized strategy to document their resolution, and I might have avoided a minor pitfall or two. Setting speculation aside, the reality is that I could not have been more impressed with Brian Laxton’s representation. His work resulted in a best-case scenario.
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Posted by Tony | August 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian is an Excellent Attorney
Brian represented me years ago during my attempt to become a Michigan attorney. That time was one of the most difficult times in my life. Brian took the time get to know me, my story, and was my strong advocate through the whole process. I was very impressed right from the start. All the attorneys that we went in front of had high praise of him. Brian, if you are reading this - thank you, thank you, thank you. You helped me change the direction of my life and for that I will be forever grateful! I have much respect for you! To anyone who needs as attorney in Brians area of practice - find and hire him - you will not be disappointed!
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Character and fitness
Brian was my attorney for the Character and Fitness interviews. He did an excellent job in helping me prepare and was very knowledgeable about the entire process. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real, Respected and Responsive
Though I've practiced law for years now in another state, moving to Michigan meant opening a new can of worms. I needed to find the right attorney to represent me for the Character and Fitness process. After doing the research and speaking with several attorneys, I chose Brian. Why? Beyond being - far and away - the most relatable person, Brian took the time to get to know me and my story inside out. He identified every key issue that needed to be addressed, and worked with me to prepare thoughtful narrative explanations flushing out several sticky issues. Throughout the process, Brian kept me apprised of what was to come and was very responsive to my questions and concerns. He took my calls and responded to emails the same day. Brian's knowledge of the Character and Fitness process is palpable; and having frequent cases before the Board of Law Examiners gives him a leg up. Now, only months later, I am admitted to the Michigan Bar. Brian's involvement in my case was, without a doubt, a major factor in ensuring the successful outcome. I am extremely satisfied with Brian's representation and would recommend him to my family, friends and colleagues.
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Posted by Scott | August 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, experienced, and respected
Mr. Laxton has now represented me on multiple occasions regarding a DLAD License Restoration and Appeal, and also the Character and Fitness process of the State Bar of Michigan. In each instance, he was courteous, respectful, knowledgeable, approachable, and effective. He was very skilled at preparing me for each hearing, and helped me build confidence. Thanks to his help and knowledge of each of the processes involved with the representation, we achieved incredible results. I highly recommend Mr. Laxton for those seeking representation. He helped me feel prepared, confident, and helped set fair and reasonable expectations for each situation.
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Posted by Michael | August 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Professional with a Personal Touch
Brian was forthright, organized, and thorough in his approach to my case, and respectful and personable in his approach to me. In choosing an attorney to represent me in for the Michigan Character and Fitness process, I researched and spoke with several attorneys and ultimately chose Brian to handle my case. I am extremely satisfied with his representation and would recommend him to all of my friends and family. Brian worked with me to identify every key issue in my case that needed to be addressed. His keen eye and diligence was pivotal in understanding what to expect as the case progressed. His involvement in my case was, without a doubt, a major factor in ensuring the best possible outcome. If there is one thing you should take away from my review: don't wait--get Brian--it will be well worth it.
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Posted by Jason | January 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Knowledgeable!
Brian recently represented me in my effort to obtain my C&F certification. He did an excellent job explaining the process as well as preparing me for the process. I couldn't even imagine have gone through it without his counsel. Too much is invested in a legal education to go through such a process without an expert like Brian. Beyond his knowledge, he was extremely attentive and was always available to discuss my case. He understands and empathizes; I highly recommend using Brian.
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Posted by Jack Weyers | January 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional Licensure assistance
My experience with Mr. Laxton exceeded my expectations. Throughout the entire process I was in the loop as to what the process entailed, what my responsibilities would be, exactly what Mr. Laxton would be responsible, and what I should expect as the representation progressed. Further, Mr. Laxton was very "hands on" and took a personal interest in the successful outcome of my matter. I have had the opportunity to engage attorneys in many different capacities over the years and I found Mr. Laxton's representation to be one of, if not the most, informative, complete, and value-added legal experiences. And, in the end, we achieved the desired outcome to boot.
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Posted by Amy | January 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best in Class
Hiring Brian to assist me in my character and fitness hearing was the best choice I could have made. He is experienced and knowledgeable. He was always available to take my calls and answer questions. He made the whole process less scary. Brian went above and beyond anything a lawyer should do in order to help me obtain my license. Afree my hearing, I received a unanimous decision. The outcome can only be attributed to Brian's efforts and experience.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Did a fantastic job leading me through daunting character and fitness proceedings and helped me become a licensed attorney
After I took the bar exam, I was called for a district committee hearing regarding my character and fitness. I had a tough panel, which did not recommend me for the Bar. Brian made sure that we would succeed at the standing committee level. He spent several late nights with me preparing for my hearings. In the end, he helped me hit a grand slam at a standing committee hearing, I was recommended to the Bar, and I ultimately got my license. Brian knows the ins and outs of the esoteric character and fitness process and his knowledge and skill proved to be invaluable. I can't recommend him enough to those who find themselves in a similar position.
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Posted by Lydia | July 19, 2015
Successful Bar Exam Appeal
When I learned that I failed the bar exam by 2 points I was devastated. I was immediately referred to Brain by a friend who Brian had helped to successfully overcome a Character and Fitness issue. I quickly learned that Brian's expertise is not only that of C&F issues, but bar exam appeals as well. He walked me through every step of the appeal process with compassion and skill. Brian was honest and forthright about the uncertainty of filing bar exam appeals, but I knew that there would be no lack of effort on his part to present a strong, compelling argument to the Board of Law Examiners. Brian did just that! Brian is authentic, professional, incredibly understanding, and without a doubt an amazing attorney. Hiring Brian was the best decision I have ever made! Today I am a practicing attorney with the State Bar of Michigan because of Brian Laxton.
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Posted by KMH | June 30, 2015
By far the Best
When faced with the possibility of appealing my bar exam, there was no doubt in my mind that I would choose to work with Brian. He is incredibly knowledgeable, straight forward and by far the best attorney that I have ever worked with. Brian walked me through all aspects of my appeal, and kept me apprised of all decisions along the way. He was incredibly thorough and would always respond to any question or concern, no matter how small. It is because of him that I was able to successfully appeal my bar exam to a passing score!
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Posted by Scott | March 2, 2015
Excellent
I hired Brian to represent me for my character and fitness review and for my DLAD hearing in 2014/2015. I got stung with 2 drinking and driving offenses during. My 2nd year of law school and knew I had a tall mountain to climb. Brian was extremely helpful, knowledge, honest, and diligent in every aspect of the relationship. He was always fully prepared and was a zealous advocate in front of judges and those who conducted hearings. He was excellent and thorough in preparing me for hearings and outcomes, and was sure to answer any questions I had. With his help, I was able to earn positive outcomes beyond what myself, Brian, and even LJAP and the State bar expected. In short, Brian made it so that I had nothing to worry about besides passing the bar and doing what the DLAD and State Bar asked of me. I could not be happier with the representation I received. When it comes to the privilege to drive and/or practice law, you cannot afford anything but the best possible representation and advocacy. I can assure you that this is what you will get if you hire Brian Laxton.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
Excellent Attorney
I retained Mr. Laxton to handle my issues with regard to the Character and Fitness process with the State Bar. The minute that I hired Mr. Laxton I felt confident that no issue was too big and he acted as both a counselor with regard to my issues as well as my personal concerns. He was able and willing to tailor his availability to my schedule and often would prepare with me late into the evening. Mr. Laxton is extremely knowledgeable attorney and is well respected and well known in the community. Thanks to Mr. Laxton, I am now a practicing attorney and I owe much of my success to him.
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Posted by Robert | August 19, 2014
Stellar Professional Who Provides Realistic Expectations and Peace of Mind
I was very nervous going into the character and fitness process. I knew that I needed an attorney that would understand my circumstances, who was intimately familiar with the process, and could best prepare me. Brian was the best choice: he provided me with superior quality insight and strategy derived from years of experience, as well as invaluable peace of mind. I could not have gotten through the process without him!
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2014
Brian Laxton: Fantastic attorney and a great person who gets results when you most need them.
I had the privilege of being sworn in to the State Bar today and it would not have happened without attorney Brian Laxton's counsel and representation. After graduating law school I knew that past issues would likely require further investigation and--ultimately--approval within the State Bar's character and fitness process. When discussing these issue with trusted law school faculty and a number of Michigan attorneys, I was invariably told that I should talk to attorney Brian Laxton. I took their advice, and it was the best decision I could have made. For those with character and fitness issues, the process of navigating that requirement to obtaining a law license is anything but intuitive and can be a significant source of anxiety. Considering what hangs in the balance, having an attorney like Brian in your corner makes every difference in the world. He explained to me the inner workings of the process--with whom we were working and where they fit in the larger picture. He drew on his years of considerable experience to explain what was important to those persons making the decisions affecting my future and why they were important to them. What's more, Brian Laxton thoroughly and objectively reviewed every detail of what was a fairly complicated case and provided an honest appraisal of strengths and weaknesses. He was very knowledgeable. And when my hearing came and attorney Laxton advocated for me, I knew I put my trust in the right lawyer. Beyond the above, the way Brian Laxton services his clients is impressive. He returned every phone call and email in very short order. He would take time out of his personal life to answer questions, and he would always stick with me until my questions were answered to my satisfaction. Weekends, evenings, whenever...he always responded promptly and in a way that was helpful. They way he treats his clients ought to be a model for other attorneys. And lastly, beyond his expertise and knowledge in a rather esoteric area, Brian Laxton is just a genuinely good person who really cared about my success and truly wanted to help me become an attorney. I can't thank him enough.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2014
Brian Laxton-Fantastic Attorney!
Brian did a great job representing me through the process of Character and Fitness with the Michigan Bar. He was always prepared and knew what was necessary to help me prepare for the district committee hearing to ensure that I would receive a positive recommendation. He understood my case file inside and out and knew how to handle every detail. He paid close attention to my case as it went through the different committees up to the Board of Law Examiners and made sure that I was being represented appropriately.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Brian R. Laxton, Attorney and Counselor At Law PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Mertens, Laxton and Clement, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Visiting Professor
  • The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Partner
  • The Reynolds Law Firm, PC
  • 2002 - 2007
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Education

  • The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Central Michigan University
  • N/A

Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Eaton County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America - Drunk Driving
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • David vs. Goliath
  • Thomas M. Cooley BLSA
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Briefs (ICBA)
  • Superdrunk Legislation Update Co-Authored with Attorney Michael J. Nichols
  • 2009
  • Briefs (ICBA)
  • Death of the Minimum Fee?
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch with a Lawyer
  • Character and Fitness Updates
  • 2014
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Character and Fitness - Procedure and Common Mistakes
  • 2014
  • FLAPP
  • Ethical Considerations In Representation
  • 2011
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Character and Fitness
  • 2010
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Character and Fitness
  • 2009
  • Ingham County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Criminal Law Update
  • 2009
  • Speaker Series
  • Character and Fitness
  • 2008
  • Ingham Count Bench Bar Conference
  • Attorney Client Privilege Issues
  • 2008
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Ethical Pitfalls for Private Practitioners
  • 2007
  • State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Section
  • Character and Fitness
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Laxton on numerous matters, together, as a fellow attorney and as opposing counsel. We always, and always get things done, and done right. He is fights for his clients and is informed and communicative."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Laxton is passionate advocate of his clients. He is a prompt and great communicator, he always keeps his clients up to date and informed, and he is diligent about getting his filings in on time. With great pleasure I recommend his services."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Brian Laxton, is a caring, diligent, and hard-working. I had the pleasure of working for Attorney Laxton during law school. He is someone I greatly admire, and he is a great role model."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is very knowledgeable and helpful, friendly and professional. I have worked with many attorneys across many disciplines and in my experience Brian is probably the single best one: he has knowledge of the law without arrogance, a professional demeanor without being distant. He works hard and is very intelligent."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Laxton is an excellent lawyer and I have referred several potential appellate clients to him."
General practice Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is very smart, works hard and will give you good common sense guidance."
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East Lansing Ethics and professional responsibility Lawyer Brian R. Laxton
Brian R. Laxton
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney
East Lansing, MI
Licensed for 23 years