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We are a client-centered law firm, providing both legal representation and advice that not only solves problems, but helps prevent problems from occuring. We are well prepared to take your matter to trial, but also know that negotiating a positive solution could also be your best choice.

My wife, Lissa B. Poulson, RN, a Legal Nurse Consultant, practices with me. This is a great advantage not only dealing with cases involving substance abuse and mental health issues, but is of comfort to clients in family law cases, especially those involving young children.

As Adjunct Professor at Jackson Community College, Hillsdale Campus, I teach Business Law, Criminal Law, and Mathematics.

In our Lansing office, and will be working on the technical aspects of the DataMaster DMT, a new breath alcohol tester that is now being deployed in Michigan. The use, or misuse, of this device will matter a great deal to drivers unfairly charged with drunk driving.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    11 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  2. Family: 10%
    11 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($200/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

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Contact info

Poulson & Associates, PLLC

101 E Bacon Street
Hillsdale, MI, 49242


MIActive And In Good Standing200508/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Reader's Choice "Top Law Firm in Hillsdale CountyHillsdale Daily News2016
Family Law CertificateInstitute for Continuing Legal Education ICLE2011
Probate & Estate Planning CertificateInstitute for Continuing Legal Education ICLE2008
Trial Competition ChampionAve Maria School of Law2004
Academic Award, 4.00 gpaWidener University School of Engineering2003
Member, National Academic HonoraryPhi Kappa Phi, Univ. of Wyoming1978
Graduated with HonorsUniversity of Wyoming1978
Hillsdale County Student of the YearHillsdale Daily News1965
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Professor, Math & Computer SciOlivet College2012 - Present
Managing PartnerPoulson & Associates, PLLC2005 - Present
Adjunct Professor, Criminal Law, Hillsdale CampusJackson College2006 - 2011
Director, Information TechnologyCranbrook Educational Community1998 - 2002
Vice PresidentOlivet College1993 - 1996
Executive Director, Contract ManagementSCT / TSI / Collegis1979 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Rules/Laws CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Hillsdale County Bar AssociationSecretaryN/A
Institute of Electrical and Electronics EngineersMember, Software EngineerN/A
American LegionMember, Jonesville PostN/A
State Bar of MichiganMaster Lawyers SectionN/A
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganMember and Trial College Graduate2007 - 2014
State Bar of MichiganFirst Circuit Representative to Assembly2005 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
(Father v MotherWon both legal and physical custody for father, including support.
(Mother v Father)Won spousal support, major share of pension, physical custody, marital home, and child support for Mother of two.
People v (Client)Not Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
SADO / CDAM of MichiganImpact of Self-Driving Cars on OWI Defense2016
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan publicationSpotlight on Barry F. Poulson2009
Masters Thesis, Widener UniversityAnti-Terrorist Surveillance Systems2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
ICLE Family Law InstituteFamily LawFamily Law Certificate2015
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeDeath Penalty ProgramGraduate2011
CDAM Trial CollegeAdvanced TrackGraduate2008
CDAM Trial CollegeTrial PracticeGraduate2007
Ave Maria School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Widener UniversitySoftware EngineeringMasters in Engineering2003
University of Wyoming College of LawComputer ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Pittsford High SchoolN/ACo-Valedictorian1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Senior CourseComputer Network Design2016
Computer Science 360Computer Architecture & Design2015
Taught Introduction to Criminal LawCriminal Law2011
Introduction to Business LawBusiness Law2007
Introduction to Business LawBusiness Law2006