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Craig W. Elhart

Family Attorney at Traverse City, MI

4.3   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1976
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Craig

Learn Craig’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    I am a trial lawyer handling all matters of family law, including divorce, custody, and adoption. I also handle criminal law, driver's license appeals, and personal injury cases.

    46 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    I work all areas of criminal defense from DUI, drugs, murder, assault, right down to misdemeanor cases.

    46 years, 1,100 cases

  3. Personal injury
    Personal injury cases have ranged from vehicle accidents, to slip and falls, premises liability, horseback riding accidents, dog bits, and negligence. Work involves dealing with insurance companies, experts, doctors, accident reconstructionists, investigators and opposing counsel.

    46 years, 60 cases


Elhart & Horvath, P.C.
329 S Union St
Traverse City, MI, 49684

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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is the best!!!
Craig is my go to lawyer. I have hired him several times for both criminal and civil issues. Each time Craig has helped to calm my nerves and taken control of the situation. He fights to get you the best outcome and does not stop until he does. He is confident and respected, two great traits in an attorney. I refer him to everyone I know and they have never been disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Calming Advice
I contacted Craig Elhart this past summer to get his input on a small situation. He was very professional and easy to talk with. I left with a calming sense of direction and clearer mind. I would definitely recommend Craig Elhart to anyone that asks!
Posted by Annie | October 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Man you can count on...
The first time I saw Craig in action was during mediation with my ex-husband and his attorney. I was broken, weak, anxious, tired, emotional and unarmed. We walked in and sat down and immediately Craig took charge. It was perfectly clear to everyone in the room who was running the show… And I will NEVER forget it and always be grateful to have Craig Elhart represent on my behalf. I knew then, he was the Man. Through the years Craig has represented myself and my family on different occasions and has always come through, for which we all are grateful. My mantra from Craig is "Let go and let Craig" and I have used it more than once. Putting your life, or what feels like it, into someone else's hands is very vulnerable. Knowing Craig is in charge keeps me confident and I know my only job is to remember that no matter what, everything will be alright. He has taught me that law is not about emotion...the client is. His direct words to me were "law is about logic and doing the right thing all the time and win or lose, you can live with yourself." Well I'm here to tell you, if Craig can't win a case, no one can! Craig Elhart is a business man and a family man, professional, focused, confident, hospitable, calm and empathetic. As he is a man of few words, they are profound and purposeful, like it Warriors weapons for victory! I am always confident and self-assured knowing Craig is in my corner and I have learned to let him do his job because he's damn good at it!!! PS As I've read several of the reviews, I have noticed a few writers referencing that Mr. Elhart is hard to get in touch with… If I may, Craig is out defending the majority the of his days and Judy and the other ladies on his staff do an amazing job at answering questions, relaying important information and messages, which is assuring. And I am here to tell you, if you need to see him personally, he will ALWAYS make time for you!
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Posted by Jennifer | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Respected
I have hired Craig a few times. The first case was a small claims case and the second case was more complex. Craig is professional, well respected in our community and surrounding areas, well educated & highly recommended. He is sweet, patient, quick witted but don't let that fool you, he fights like a bull dog. When the opposing party finds out you have hired Craig, they know immediately, you have hired the best. (If there is an opposing party) Having to appear in court, hire attorney's can seem intimidating to most of us, what I like about Craig is that he makes you feel like all be alright. I felt protected and secure each time. I never had to worry about anything, he just took care of it. Let me give you a quick example of what I mean: My last case was somewhat complex, and there were large sums of money being sought after. (The amount was large to me). I never once lost sleep, did not stress, did not talk about it, simply put I just was not worried about it after I hired Craig. The other party on the other hand, was stressed to the max, barely slept, gave up his Wed lunch meetings, gave up his weekly bike rides, basically he gave up a lot until this case was over. My point, you don't have to worry when you hire Craig. His entire team is amazing! I am so impressed with Craig that I have also now hired his firm to represent my two businesses. Every successful business should have an attorney on hand. Craig will be providing vital assistance in almost every aspect of my businesses, from compliance, formal business incorporation, potential liability issues, to some of the smaller tasks like drawing up simple forms that will essentially protect myself and my businesses. I trust Craig and highly recommend him.
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Posted by Michael | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stand fast
I have a high standard in who and what I stand for and expect the same in someone who stands next to my child ! With that said,I can't say enough thanks to this firm for there stand fast approach to how they handled my son when he was bitten in the face by a very large dog .They all made us family ,and like family dose they protected us and helped deliver a judgment that was fast and fair in a time when most don't care about what u went through, only what they can make for themselves! Not here not ever ,these people are family and take care of you as there own ! Thank you !!
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A True Professional
Mr. Elhart is honest, professional and dedicated to helping his clients. I would hire him again if I ever needed help. I have to admit that he is expensive, but worth it.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer and a fantastic team ! I believe Craig is the best Lawyer around he is straight forward , always prompt and never stops fighting for you ! I am blessed to have him as my lawyer to stand with me in court. I would not want anyone else by my side. Choose Elhart he's the best around !
Posted by AKB | January 28, 2015
Best attorney in town
Simply put, Craig is the best attorney in town. He represented me in a criminal traffic matter in 2014. He fought hard an had the charge dismissed. I am confident that had it not been for his representation, I would have not only not been forced to go to trial on the charge, but may have been convicted. He is sharp and fights hard for his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2014
Superb Representation
Craig was able to really help me out throughout my case. I truly appreciate all his help and believe that the only reason I am going home this week is his skill and experience with the judicial system. It was great to have Craig on my side. I thank him so much for everything!
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2014
Great Lawyer
Having practiced law for 29 years, when I needed a lawyer I did not hesitate to retain Craig Elhart. Like me, practicing attorneys and judges across the entire state of Michigan hold Craig Elhart in very high regard. He is intelligent, ethical, creative, quick-witted, and sensitive to the emotional and psychological toll that involvement in the legal system can take on his clients. Perhaps most importantly, with his many years of experience, he brings common sense to the resolution of complex legal issues – something many attorneys are not capable of providing. He is the finest trial lawyer I have ever had the pleasure of observing in the courtroom. There are less expensive attorneys; however, like everything, you ultimately get what you pay for. Nobody likes paying legal fees – including me, but if you value the certainty that your interests are being represented to the fullest extent possible, I would wholeheartedly recommend Craig Elhart. He's worth every penny, and more...
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2014
Satisfied client
I was a professional facing criminal charges. There was only one attorney to call - Craig W. Elhart. He cared for me like I was a member of his family. All charges were dismissed. I will always be in his debt. He even forced the Prosecutor to pay some of my costs.
Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2014
We couldn't have asked/hoped for a better attorney.
From the bottom of our broken hearts, we deeply thank both Craig and Dena. Not only for their hard work, but for all their efforts both seen and unseen. Craig, your diligence to believe in my son to ensure a fair trial process is priceless. Guilt or Innocence has nothing to do with the right to a fair trial. All men are created equal and I will treat them with the respect and dignity that you offered my family . In the darkest hour of our lives, you were there for us and you were not judgmental. Thank you for changing my beliefs, and saving my family. I am forever thankful. When I speak your name, it will be only in the highest standards.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2013
The Help We Needed
Few Lawyers hold the prestige of Craig Elhart with the courts. when we had to hire an attorney for the criminal charges filed against my son I only considered Craig Elhart. As a Grand Traverse County Deputy I knew he was the best. He provided a quality, caring representation for my son and continues to do so after the jury verdict. I could not have asked for, nor received, better representation then he gave my son.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2012
Money well spent
My husband and I hired Craig to represent us for a custody case. My husband won physical custody of his daughters. This man walked into the court room and dominated it! He knows what he's doing. Although he's hard to get a hold of, his staff are very helpful. He charges $120/hr, but he dictates the hours he works, so expect to pay a large amount to hire him!
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2009
Elhart Law Office
I read the comments on Craig Elhart and heard comments from others. I was leery at first; but I gave Craig a try. WOW. He doesn't take any bull from anybody. He and his staff work well together. Although he is hard to get a hold of at times, his staff is always willing to help. Craig helped get my probation violation case dropped. I wish that I would have used him first. He definately worked for me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2009
Aggressive and Knowledgeable
Very aggressive for his clients. Craig attacks like a pitbull and a bone. He bites in and doesn't let go. Easy to work with, Craig helped me get through a divorce from hell. Before I got Craig, the other parties' attorney was offering garbage. Craig stepped in and got me more than I could hope for. Now I get to spend more time with my children. His law firm is the best in town.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2009
Personal Injury Lawyer
Craig helped me fight and win my vehicle accident case. Those insurance companies were awful. Craig fought for my rights from the damage the driver caused. I got the max allowable from the insurance. My future seems all the better now that I have money to help pay the hospital bills. Don't be fooled by others, go to Craig Elhart, he's a real proved fighter. I will go back if I ever need help again.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2009
Great Attorney who gets the job done!! Straight forward.
Very agressive attorney who fought for my divorce rights. Wow - this man is dynamite!! He stood right up to the other attorney and wouldn't back down. I got more from the divorce than what the "other half" originally offered. Use Craig Elhart if you want the best services. I wouldn't use anybody else.
Posted by Theresa | April 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not a stand up lawyer
I could've represented my husband better! He never read anything until the weekend prior to Mondays trial. He convinced my husband to take a dismissal because he was not involved with the counselor. IF HE WOULDVE BEEN IN OUR CASE, he would've known that my husband had been trying to FIND out who the counselor even was. Had he of filed the paperwork, when he said he did and charged us for it, he would've known this stuff. He promised to do my husband's case probono next time. Hahaha I won't dare call him AGAIN. So unprepared and never delivered on ANYTHING, but still wants to send us a bill for MORE money! For what? Oh and someone else had the same name as my husband, different spelling in the last name. We received this man's bills, this man's important paperwork as well. Extremely unprofessional and we don't even know who's bill is who's. Save your money. You're better off defending yourself.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not recommend!
Craig started off strong and supportive but once the retainer check was cashed things changed quickly. He will not respond to emails unless I wrote a letter and signed it. He would get very upset with phone calls, he did not ask for evidence that was very important to my case, he uses scare tactics to keep you thinking he is fighting for you, when he has no idea what is going on. Very poor and unappreciated attitude towards myself and my wife. We hired him because we were in a situational asking for help above what our current understanding of the law, I fired him before my preliminary as I felt like I needed better representation. I did ask for our retainer back since we were so little into the case and of course it’s non-refundable. I would hire someone else and avoid Craig at all cost. Now I understand why they keep their doors locked.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 70-120 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Owner
  • Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
  • 2009 - Present


  • Detroit College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1974


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 1974 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

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Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have the utmost respect for Craig's intelligence and ability. He is good at what he does."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Elhart is a pillar of the legal community and is well respected by the bench and bar alike. He has mastered the Michigan Rules of Court and has made his mark in complex civil as well as criminal litigation. I highly endorse this lawyer for his ability in and out of the courtroom."
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Traverse City Family Lawyer Craig W. Elhart
Craig W. Elhart
Family Attorney
Traverse City, MI
Licensed for 47 years
Free Consultation