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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1996||01/30/2017|
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1995||05/14/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Award of Distinction||Michigan Association of School Boards||2008|
|Certificate of Appreciation||United Way||2007|
|Certified Board Member Award||Michigan Association of School Boards||2004|
|Certificate of Honor||Valparaiso University School of Law||1995|
|Award of Merit||Michigan Association of School Boards||N/A|
|Attorney at Law||Houghtaling, Wasiura & Catalino, PLC||1999 - Present|
|Attorney at Law||Vander Ploeg & Wells, PLC||1997 - 1999|
|Assistant Prosecuting Attorney||Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office||1994 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Muskegon County Bar Association||President||2002 - 2003|
|Child Abuse Council for Muskegon County||President||2000 - 2002|
|Valparaiso University School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctorate||1995|
|Grand Valley State University||Economics||Bachelor of Science||1991|
Posted by anonymous
We hired Chris to handle a Probate case. I've had to remind his office several times to complete paperwork that needed to be submitted for the case. His paralegal lacks the ability to effectively communicate and is very short with us over the phone. She acts as though every phone call is bothersome to her and wasting her time. They repeatedly give us conflicting advice and don't seem to listen very well. I've asked for return phone calls from Chris and as of right now, I still haven't received the return phone call I asked for in August 2016. Three times in a row he cancelled our appointments after we took time off of work to meet with him. I'm not real sure why it is so difficult for him to tend to his paying clients, but Chris nor his Paralegal seem client focused. I am very disappointed in his lack of ability to follow through on all the things he's promised us he would do.
Posted by anonymous
I brief moment in time turned my life upside down.
I contacted Chris for an appointment and got in right away. He was very easy to talk to and helped me understand what I was up against. He provided real expectations and he didn't over charge for his services. His fees were very fair all things considered.
Chris helped me challenge a PPO and the original version was amended twice. Once to allow me to enter my work place and the second, to allow me to gather my belongings from my ex-wife's house.
Chris defended me in a SM assault case (first offense). I never had to post bond and I was ultimately granted special probation. (avoided jail time!!)
Chris also helped me challenge a related restitution claim and had the total reduced by $400.
Chris also handled my divorce and this went as smooth as could be expected.
Chris typically answers his cell phone and will talk to you on the spot. If he can't talk right then, he'll always return your call in a reasonable amount of time. Chris cares about his clients and their families. Chris also has solid professional relationships with other lawyers, based on the interactions I saw.
I highly recommend Chris to anyone needing a lawyer in the Muskegon area.
Posted by Dana
Chris and his team have helped me so much! They have been professional and down to earth during what has been one of the hardest times in my life. They are always there for you, and you can tell that everyone truly cares.
Patrick Crowley, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I used to work on the other side of the Courtroom from Chris when I was with the Muskegon County Prosecutor's office. During that time, Chris was quite courteous, knowledgeable, and very helpful to me as a rookie prosecutor while still effectively advocating for his clients. Many people do not realize that a well prepared defense attorney, and not necessarily the loudest and rudest, is the greatest tool in getting better plea bargains for clients. I truly learned as much from Chris as I did my supervisors. Now I am a defense attorney myself and I still find myself operating in the mold of Mr. Houghtaling.
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