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David R. Bruegel

About me

I've been in the past a big firm lawyer and one that has helped business and done specialized high level, so to speak, legal work.  My quest, however, has been to help real people with the very real problems they encounter in life's journey.  Very pleased to say that my clients, I believe, find me to be a very good listening ear, well organized and responsive and a professional with an abundance of experience in many contexts, able and willing to help.  Often enough the "talking through" of a problem eases the way forward, makes the path clearer and often saves one from potential big trouble, family difficulty and expense.  But there is quite a bit of legal experience here to draw upon for your concern(s) and it would be my privilege and professional satisfaction to help you get where you need and want to go!!


Languages spoken: German

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
  2. Divorce: 25%
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  4. General Practice: 10%
  5. Other: 15%
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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    David brings experience, expertise and compassion to the practice of law in general and to the practice of estate planning in particular. He does unto and for his clients as he would like done unto and for him. His clients sense his commitment and are pleased with his professional but personal service.


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Contact info

David R Bruegel PC

155 W Maple St
Po Box 316
Mason, MI, 48854-1656


MIActive And In Good Standing197805/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Michigan's Best AttorneysGlobal Who's Who2015
AV Rated Preeminent 5.0-5.0Martindate-Hubbell2014
Masters SectionState Bar Association of Michigan2013
Probate and Estate Planning CertificateState Bar Association of Michigan2001
National Mock Trial TeamUniversity of Notre Dame Law School1978
First Recipient, International Barristers AwardUniversity of Notre Dame Law School1978
Lawyer of the yearInternational Barristers1978
Juris DoctorDavid R Bruegel1978
Notre Dame LawyerWriting published1977
State of Michigan Balfour AwardSigma Chi Fraternity1975
Nomination in StateRhodes Scholarship1975
MemberPhi Beta Kappa1975
Governmental AchievementNational Academy of Achievement1972
President of Boys' Nation, Washington, D.C.American Legion1970
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerDavid R Bruegel PC2013 - 2013
AttorneyDavid R Bruegel2004 - 2012
AttorneyCrotty & Smyth2000 - 2004
CounselUnited States Bankruptcy Trustee1989 - 1991
CounselNational Political Party1980 - 1984
Equity PartnerDickinson Wright, PLLC1978 - 2000
Staff Reporter, Chicago BureauThe Wall Street Journal1977 - 1977
ClerkHon. Robert Grant, United States District Court (N.D. Ind.)1973 - 1974
ClerkUnited States House Of Representatives1972 - 1973
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of Michigan Musical SocietyMember2015 - Present
Univ of Michigan Music SocietyPatron2015 - Present
The Expert NetworkMember counsel2015 - Present
Ele's Place for childrenHealing Hearts Society Benefactor2015 - Present
National Association of Distinquished CounselMember2015 - Present
Rotary of MasonN/A2014 - Present
Ingham County Fair4-H Auction2014 - Present
Linked InOver 600 Contacts2014 - Present
St Casimir LansingLaw Sponsor2014 - Present
Dansville ElementarySponsor2014 - Present
St Cornelius-Cyprian StockbridgeLaw Sponsor2014 - Present
Holt Lion's ClubAnnual Golf Outing Sponsor2014 - Present
Ingham County Bar AssociationProbate & Trust Section2014 - Present
Google BusinessPremium Member2014 - Present
Parents of Children with Mental IllnessesCounsel and Advisor to Families2014 - Present
Greater Lansing Estate Planning CouncilMember2014 - Present
Ingham County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Mason Chamber of CommerceBusiness Member2014 - Present
Catholic Lawyers GuildMembership Committee2013 - Present
German Speakers, Ann ArborForeign Language Speaker2012 - Present
Gaelic League of DetroitMember2012 - Present
Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann ArborPremium Partner2001 - Present
Birmingham Art AssociationPainter1980 - Present
Ele's PlaceChildrens' AdvocateN/A
American Bar AssociationVice Chairman, Environmental Committee1997 - 1999
Michigan Chapter, Air and Waste Management AssociationChairman1996 - 1998
Cranbrook Writers GuildBoard Member1990 - 1999
State Bar Association of MichiganRepresentative Assembly1984 - 1988
State Bar Association of MichiganGrievance Committee1980 - 1988
State Bar Association of MichiganCommittees1978 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Farm taxesSavings in taxes due now and in subsequent years
Client GuardianshipsThese proceedings provide a family the necessary legal authority to care for the incapcitated loved one.
Being a TrusteeClean and complete conclusion to last wishes of the Grantor(s).
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law Firm ReportsLaws Affecting Clients2014
Client NewslettersEstate Taxation2009
Crotty & Smyth BulletinsSuccession Planning and Law Developments2002
Banking Group Advising, Dickinson WrightEnvironmental Law1998
Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann ArborEnvironmental Law Developments1995
Law Review ArticleThe Notre Dame Lawyer1976
Editor of College NewspaperAlbion Pleiad1975
The Wall Street Journal - ChicagoStaff Reporter1974
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Albion CollegeHistory - Honors; Phi Beta KappaAB summa cum laude1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National conferences and meetingsNational Issues1990
American Legion Boys' State ProgramsMisc speeches nationally1971