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Rhonda B. Ives

Criminal defense Attorney at Coldwater, MI

4.9   58 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Rhonda

Learn Rhonda’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I am an experienced criminal defense attorney & have handled 100"s of cases w/a history of favorable outcomes. Do not plead guilty until you know all of your rights and defenses! I continually attend the latest training to DUI/OUIL & Drug challenges.

    26 years, 500 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Family law matters can be extremely sensitive, particularly when feelings get in the way and they can be even more difficult if children are involved. I take the time to care about you, your family and your case while I agressively pursue your goals.

    26 years, 650 cases

  3. Child abuse
    10%
    Many times these cases are tagged with Criminal Charges and/or Divorce & Separation issues as well. It is good to have an attorney that can handle all aspects of your case.

    26 years

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! AS YOUR ATTORNEY, MY GOAL IS TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE BEST LEGAL ADVICE.

Rhonda Ives maintains a strong commitment to all of her clients. She is compassionate and dedicated to each individual and understands that each case has its own set of facts and particualr dynamics. If you have been wrongfully accused, over charged or have found your self in trouble, in one way or another, Rhonda cares about you and the outcome of your case. Rhonda sits on the Board of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and maintains that continued legal education is important for all attorneys. 

Rhonda Ives has handled 100's of cases throughout Michigan. She has helped hundreds and she can help you too!

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2015,2012
Client's Choice
2018 2015 2012

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Rhonda B. Ives

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  58 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Cheryl | July 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful attorney
Rhonda did an awesome job handling my traffic case and mine wasn't easy with dwls in multiple counties.. the outcome was way better then I anticipated she went above and beyond for me!!! Amazing and compassionate women!!
Posted by Crystal | June 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Rhonda is a very knowledgeable attorney concerning your rights and will do her very best to win your case . She is always easy to talk to and has a great attitude . Would definitely recommend her for your legal needs
Posted by Ashley | October 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10/10 Definitely Recommend
I have known Rhonda for over 20 years and consulted with her on several occasions. Not only is she an exceptional attorney, she is also a great person. Rhonda’s knowledge and experience paired with her passion makes her unmatched! She is as tough as she is kind and has a unique way of connecting to each personal situation in ways that allow her to win! If ever I need help from someone I trust, she will always be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional
Rhonda handled the negotiations for a buy out of a business partner with poise, professionalism, and class. She made the process as easy as possible.
Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aggressive & Knowledgeable
Our family won't consider another lawyer for our legal issues. Rhonda is knowledgeable about every aspect of law, divorce, child custudody, DUI's, estate planning and arrest warrants. Trust me, our family has them all. She's handled our family crisis with aggressive, timely and informative measures each and every time. She's honest and upfront and will not ice it over just to retain her fees. We would not consider anyone else representing us, our family or our business.
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Posted by Candy | March 11, 2020
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Wonderful Attorney
Rhonda did a great job on my divorce. She has been a friend and a wonderful source for recommendations. I would definitely hire her again if the need ever arose.
Posted by Larry | March 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful
Rhonda did a great job with my case. She handled my traffic case very quickly and kept me informed the whole step of the way. If you need an attorney that will get the case in your favor, I recommend Rhonda Ives.
Posted by Ken | December 16, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My first lawyer i call when i need help with legal work and advise.
Whenever I need help by a lawyer I contact Rhonda Ives. She has done an excellent job for me. I would recommend her for any legal work. But if it's not in a field that she don't practice. Show refer you to another lawyer that will. Good lawyer 100%.
Posted by Troy | October 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sage advice
Ms. Ives is a top notch attorney, and has helped me out countless times, with her sage advice. Ms. Ives has been invaluable to myself, and my family as legal counsel.
Posted by martin | March 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I needed a good defence attorney.
I was accused of attempted arson. The police put together a very convincing circumstantial case. Rhonda work very hard to get the matter resolve and I was very happy with the result of the legal council she provided. I considers Rhonda to be the best Attorney to have when trouble comes your way and you need someone who personally cares about your life and getting the justice you deserve.
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Posted by Kayla | June 11, 2018
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Attorney
Rhonda was my families attorney for my Father's estate case. Her passion and drive helped us win our case and her kindness and compassion helped us feel comfort throughout the entire process.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!!
I had her for my high profile case. She did amazing! Worked thoroughly on my case prior to trial. And we came out on top in the end. Highly recommend her!!
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney that will represent and provide you with all facts about the law concerning your case
Ms. Ives is one brilliant attorney that has a passion for the law. She sees the big picture of any case she works with and will provide you with the most accurate up to date case law information to protect your rights as an individual. She has a knowledge and understanding of the issues that you may face in your case and will provide you with her understanding and knowledge of the law to defend you. Please reach out to her and she will give you and honest answer about your case based on her knowledge and understanding of the issues.
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Posted by Crystal | June 8, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional
She is an awesome attorney , always going the extra mile for her clients . Very personable , and handles her cases with utmost professionalism
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, knowledgeable, understanding, honest
We called Rhonda when my husband was accused of a horrible crime. She gave us great advise and looked into the charges for us. When I needed her, she was right there to help. She never led us wrong and helped thought the entire 3 1/2 year ordeal! I am so glad she was my 1st call and I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone!!
Posted by Robert | April 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful and knowledgeable
Ms. Ives is fantastic. Very professional and definitely knows what she's doing. I hope I don't need a lawyer again, but if I do, she will be my first phone call
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attorney Rhonda B. Ives
Attorney Ives is kind, compassionate and will work hard on your case. She is Highley recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rhonda Ives will go the extra mile for your case.
A few years back I found myself in need of a lawyer on a business dispute and Rhonda Ives was highly recommended by a close friend. She took on my case even though she was not familiar with this type of problem. She went the extra mile for me and put in extra time contacting those who were. I did not want to go to trial and Rhonda made sure we got a settlement before having to go to that extreme in expense and time. I would highly recommend Rhonda Ives as a lawyer with compassion and expertise as well as professionalism.
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Posted by Melissa | March 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best attorney around
Rhonda showed me the utmost respect and Followed through with everything she promised.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing very professional
Case dismissed, enough said she's an amazing lawyer. Don't waste your money for any other lawyer
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Admitted in 2001
  • US District Court - Western District of Michigan
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Rhonda B. Ives, Attorney at Law - Coldwater Office
  • 1999 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Rhonda B. Ives, Attorney at Law - Lansing Office
  • 1998 - 2002

Education

  • Trial Lawyer's College
  • Graduate
  • 2011
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI/Hillsdale Co County Case
  • DUI Dismissed.
  • Branch Co Stalking
  • Dismissal
  • DUI watercraft
  • Improper speed

Associations

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • F Warrior
  • 2011 - Present
  • Calhoun County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Appelate Defender's Forum
  • Forum Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member at Large
  • 2000 - Present
  • Branch County Bar Association
  • Member/Past President
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Licensed Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Licensed Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigsn
  • Licensed Member
  • N/A
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Vice President
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2021
  • Altrusa of Branch County
  • Community Service Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Branch County Literacy Council
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course
  • Michigan DUI Lawyers' Association
  • 2022
  • Ohio Regional Trial Lawyer's Training
  • Gerry Spence
  • 2009
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course
  • Michigan DUI Lawyers' Association
  • 2007
  • CDAM Trial College
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2006
  • CDAM Trial College
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2005
  • CDAM Trial College
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Branch County Career Day
  • 2005
  • Altrusa
  • Powers of Attorney & Medical Powers of Attorney
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (41)
Endorse Rhonda
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From my perspective, Rhonda Ives excels in her advocacy skills within the courtroom. She represents her clients with fervor and effectiveness that are a testament to her commitment."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Rhonda if you are in trouble with the law in Michigan. Not only is she active in the Criminal Defense Bar of Michigan, she is the type of lawyer who works hard for her clients. More importantly, she works hard on being the best lawyer that she can be. And, in my opinion, that is where effective advocacy comes from -- within. With Rhonda, she will tell it to you straight and true. If the State is forcing you into a trial, then when you are in trial, you can feel safe and confident that you have the best prepared attorney at your side."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhonda is an exceptional criminal defense attorney who will champion your case like it is her own. She is a leader in the community, and well respected by the judiciary, defense bar, and prosecutors. Hire Rhonda and you will tremendously benefit from her experience, understanding of the complex nature of your criminal case, and reputation as a serious and competent trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Friend
"Rhonda is extremely dedicated to her profession and her clients. She truly cares about what she is doing and who she is helping. I would recommend her to anyone in trouble."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, giving her my highest recommendation. I have had the pleasure and honor of working with Rhonda Ives at the Gerry Spence Trial College in preperation for one of her many criminal defense trials. I admire her courage, I am impressed with her trial skills, and I am envious of her passion for being a champion for the accused. She zealously represents her clients with compassion and is not just a trial lawyer, she is a Warrior!"
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you are looking for a tough, compassionate trial lawyer... Rhonda is the one. She has a unique perspective on defending her clients after attending the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. I have know her for years and believe you would be hard pressed to do better."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rhonda is an outstanding lawyer who also cares about her clients and achieving results. You cannot go wrong if Rhonda is your lawyer and you listen to her advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Rhonda for a number of years. We serve on several boards together, I have referred work to her, and I have no doubt about both her competence and commitment to the practice of law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Rhonda is one of the best lawyers- I have worked with her in the same office and watched from the sidelines. She cares deeply about her work and her clients and gives 150% to caring for and defending her clients. You can feel totally safe with her as your attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Friend
"Having met Rhonda while she was working up a case she was preparing for trial I got to know her on a professional level and as a person. She every every characteristic I would look for in an attorney. If my children ever get into trouble, Rhonda will be my first call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rhonda is an amazing lawyer and a wonderful person. Her skills in the courtroom have been honed over years of dedication to her practice. Rhonda is one of about a thousand lawyers nationwide to graduate from Gerry Spence’s trial lawyer’s college. I highly recommend Rhonda."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Ives, she is a credit to our profession and I recommend her in all her areas of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rhonda Ives is an energetic, talented and passionate advocate for her clients. I worked alongside Rhonda and several dozen of the nation's top trial attorneys in a one-month trial skills workshop in 2011. Rhonda was truly one of the stars of our group. She is one of the only lawyers I know who can practice effectively in multiple areas of the law - criminal law, family law and civil law. Clients who choose Rhonda Ives should be confident that they've chosen among the very best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ives is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly reccomend her legal services."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am proud to call Rhonda my friend and colleague. I would trust her with my life. She is sharp, aggressive, and committed to each of her clients. Rhonda also constantly impresses me with her creativity. It's a rare combination of tenacity, intelligence, and creativity that makes Rhonda such a gifted lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhonda Ives has an incredibly huge heart and works very hard for her clients. I have seen Rhonda's trial skills several times because we have attended numerous trial programs together. Rhonda is very helpful when I need to brainstorm a case of my own. I would not hesitate to refer business to her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As a criminal defense lawyer myself, I was very impressed with Rhonda's demonstrated trial skills and her commitment to defense of her clients. Her versatility, congenial yet powerful presence, give assurance to her clients and elicits respect from opponents and colleagues alike. She is an excellent lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhonda Ives is truly an exceptional attorney who gets outstanding results for her clients. She works very hard and truly cares for each client. Rhonda is also an amazing trial lawyer. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"More than most attorneys that I know, Rhonda truly cares for her clients and seeing that they get the best results. Rhonda will work tirelessly for each and every client. She has also received excellent trial training as a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College."
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Coldwater Criminal defense Lawyer Rhonda B. Ives
Rhonda B. Ives
Criminal defense Attorney
Coldwater, MI
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation