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I have been personally involved in the private practice of commercial civil law continuously in Battle Creek, Michigan since 1975.  Martindale Hubbell, the only known confidential attorney peer review publication, has rated me as av and preeminent continuously since 1986.


My community involvement includes serving on Boards of Director of both our Battle Creek Y Center and the Sherman Lake Camp Y-Center with service for over 30 years, having served as board chair for both organizations.


For the state bar of Michigan I have served as an attorney grievance hearing officer for many years.


Over my near 40 years of practice experience I have provided legal representation to thousands of clients involving all aspects of commercial and real estate law.  I currently represent commercial lenders, realtors, title companies, developers, insurance agences and individuals in matters involving virtually all aspects of commerical law.       


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
  3. Wills: 25%

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Contact info

332 Columbia Ave E
Battle Creek, MI, 49015


MIActive And In Good Standing197505/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Who's Who In American LawMarquis Who's Who2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerSteffel & Steffel Law Office1978 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan State Bar Attorney Grievance CommissionHearing Officer1995 - Present
Commercial Law League of AmericaMember1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Calhoun County Bar AssociationSecretary1990 - 2000
Battle Creek Y CenterBoard Member1979 - 2006
Ohio Northern Law ReviewManaging Editor1974 - 1975
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Western Michigan UniversityPolitical Science/ BusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1972