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Specializes in Crimnal Defense Drunk Driving, License Restoration West Michigan Defense Team,, know in the legal community also as the (West Michigan Defense Team) or WMDT is a high specialized and high powered Criminal Defense law  firm located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan  


Attorney Gerald "Jerry" Lykins is a senior and founding partner with the firm.  Jerry has unique experience of being both a Prosecutor and Defense Attorney.   Jerry first worked in Ohio, then Kentucky (as a Criminal Prosecutor) and finally in Kent County with the Kent County Prosecutor's Office.  Jerry has been in private practice since late 1998.  


In both roles as a prosecutor and defense attorney,  Jerry has always zealously represented his clients  in their cases.   Jerry and the West Michigan Defense Team bring a practical and honest approach to representing their  clients.   Jerry and WMDTbelieves in giving clients the best attorney they can have and caring about their lives and cases. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    22 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    22 years, 1.3 thousand cases



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

77 Monroe Center St, NW
Suite 700
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


MIActive And In Good Standing199708/04/2016
KYFormer Member199508/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
2 week courseCareer Prosecutor's Course1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Vice PresidentWest Michigan Defense Team2013 - 2013
AttorneyLykins Law2006 - 2012
PartnerLykins and LaGrand PC2000 - 2006
Assistant ProsecutorFormer Assistant Kent County Prosecuto1997 - 1998
Assistant CAFormer Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney1995 - 1997
Assistant Intern City AttorneyWhitehall City Attorney's Office1992 - 1993
Bat BoyCincinnati Reds1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Michigan Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Justice Foundation Life Time MemberSustaining Member1997 - Present
Camp Henry Board of DirectorsAssociate Board Member2000 - 2008
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of West MichiganFormer Advisory Board Member1999 - 2004
Kentucky Bar AssociatonMember1995 - 1997
Louisville Bar FoundationMember1995 - 1997
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1994 - 1995
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Michael TNot Guilty Jury Trial Verdict
People v. Chad SCharges Dismissed
People v.Not Guilty Jury Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Career Prosecutor's SchoolN/AAdvance Trial Prosecution1995
Capital University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Freien University, BerlinLawSummer Studies in International Law1992
Miami University of OhioPublic AdmininstrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal ReviewCriminal Law Review2012
Legal ReviewCriminal Law Review2011
Legal ReviewCriminal Law Review2010
Legal ReviewCriminal Law Review2009