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My wife and I are proud to call northern Michigan home.  Alcilia is a family practice physician at Family Practice of Cadillac.  Together we have three fantastic children.  


During law school I clerked with the US Attorneys Office in Chicago and the Austin Christian Law Center through a grant from the Public Interest Law Initiative through DePaw University.  I served as the president for the Kent Justice Foundation, which raised money to give grants placing students in public interest service during their summers.  I also interned with the US Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps which led me to the Army after graduation and passing the bar examination.  


After six years on active duty, we returned home to Cadillac and joined our pratctices.


I currently serve in the US Army Reserves and maintain a busy practice here at home.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    20 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    11 years
  3. Family: 20%
    11 years



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Contact info

McCurdy Wotila & Porteous PC

120 W Harris St
Cadillac, MI, 49601


MIActive And In Good Standing200408/04/2016
ILVoluntarily Inactive199708/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (multiple awards)US Army2014
Armed Forces Army Reserve Medal (M Device)US Army2014
Meritorious Service Medal (multiple awards)U.S. Army2014
Overseas Service RibbonUS Army2014
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary MedalUS Army2014
Military Outstanding Volunteer MedalUS Army2014
Army Commendation Medal (multiple awards)US Army2013
Overseas Depolyment Training RibbonUS Army2010
Global War on Terrorism Service RibbonUS Army2004
German Armed Forces Badge for Military ProficiencyGerman Armed Forces2003
Air Assault BadgeUS Army2000
Army Achievement MedalUS Army2000
Airborne Parachutists BadgeUS Army1998
US Army Service RibbonUS Army1998
National Defense RibbonUS Army1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderMcCurdy Wotila & Porteous, Professional Corporation2004 - Present
Lieutenant ColonelUs Army Jag Corps1998 - Present
Prosecuting AttorneyUs Army Reserves2013 - 2014
Adjunct ProfessorBake College2005 - 2007
Prosecuting AttorneyCity Attorney of Cadillac2004 - 2008
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUs Army Reserves1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganN/A2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of The State of Michigan v. Thomas RichardsonConviction
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan RunnerThe Mighty Casey...Sort of2014
Cadillac Evening NewsThe Gargoyle and 800 Wet Meters2014
Cadillac Evening NewsRunning Shortens The Distance From Kuwait2014
Illinois State Bar JournalIllinois’ Grotesquely Outdated' Ban of Opinion Character Evidence in Criminal Cases1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
US Army Command and General Staff CollegeIntermediate Level Education CorseDiploma -2013
US Army JAG SchoolN/AJAG Officer Advanced Course2010
US Army Command and General Staff CollegeCombined Services Staff SchoolN/A2000
US Army JAG SchoolJAG Officer Basic CourseN/A1998
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Hope CollegeBusiness AdminBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Reagan DinnerPrayer2014
government classMilitary Deployment2014
Cadillac Chamber of CommerceThe Practice of Law2014
99th Reserve Command, RTAResiliency Trianing2014
SHARP Certification CourseSexual harassment in the military2013
Trial Defense Service Regional ConferenceMotions in Criminal Defense2010