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Brett H. Gardner

Violent crime Attorney at Fruitport, MI

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  1. Violent crime
    I have prosecuted violent felonies for 29 years. I have advised the police and assistant prosecutors on how to handle violent crime prosecutions and I have been to over 150 homicide scenes as a legal adviser to police investigators. To defend a person charged with a violent crime, you need a vast knowledge of the criminal justice system and what goes on behind the scenes with police and prosecutors. My experience in this area is unmatched.

    39 years, 100 cases

  2. Litigation
    I have successfully tried hundreds of cases, both felonies and misdemeanors. I have developed an expertise in handling violent, high-profile cases, many of which have received statewide and national coverage. As a trial lawyer, I recognize the importance of preparation, skillful courtroom presentations and knowing when to go to trial and when negotiation is in your best interest.

    39 years, 100 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    As a prosecutor for over 29 years, I developed an expertise in the criminal law and the operation of the criminal justice system. I've handled hundreds of cases from drunk driving and domestic violence to murder, kidnapping and extortion. I am an expert in insanity defense cases and have been called upon by lawyers throughout the state to assist them in this area of practice. I'm an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School teaching criminal practice.

    10 years

  4. DUI and DWI
    As an experienced prosecutor, I understand the impact of a drunk driving arrest. The suspension of your license and a potential jail sentence can take away your ability to provide for your family. I have handled hundreds of these cases and my knowledge of the system can help a person facing a drunk driving charge get the results the need.

    39 years, 100 cases

  5. Domestic violence
    Domestic violence convictions can label a person for life, affect their ability to own firearms and hunt, and can result in the loss of a career. My experience as a prosecutor has provided me the insight into the system that has brought an appropriate resolution to thousands of domestic violence cases.

    39 years, 100 cases

Licensed for 39 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1983
Updated 12/26/2022

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Muskegon County
5688 Stillwater Trl
Fruitport, MI, 49415-8861


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Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2013 - Present
  • Defense Attorney
  • Brett Gardner Attorney at Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chief Assistant Prosecutor
  • Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1984 - 2013


  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • 1978


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 1983 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan
  • 1984 - 2013

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Brett H. Gardner
Violent crime Attorney
Fruitport, MI
Licensed for 39 years