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About me

With offices in Elk Rapids and Traverse City, I have been serving clients in Northweat Michigan for nearly twenty years.  I make my home in this area with my wife, three kids, and two dogs.  I serve my church as Clerk of Session and my community as a representative on the library board.  I have been involved with youth sports over the years. 

My basic philosophy is simple, I try to turn big problems into little ones. 


Practice areas


  1. Business: 25%
    19 years
  2. Divorce: 25%
    14 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    19 years
  4. Wills: 15%
    19 years
  5. Child Custody: 10%
    14 years



Hourly ($200/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Lee Hornberger

    John Ferguson is an outstanding Northern Michigan general practice attorney. He is known for his professionalism, courtesy, and patience. He provides effective expert legal representation in practice areas such as criminal defense, family issues, child custody and adoption, small business law, real estate planning and property.


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    I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable, and talented in court. Clients would be lucky to have him as their lawyer.


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Contact info

310 W Front St
Suite 401
Traverse City, MI, 49684


MIActive And In Good Standing199708/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Member of the YearMichigan Jaycees2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJohn Ferguson, PLC2010 - Present
General Legal CounselUnited States Jaycees2009 - Present
Assistant ProsecutorAntrim County2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
State of Michigan Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Maritime Law and CommerceUnearned Wages: Charting the remedy for Great Lakes Seamen1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Alma CollegePolitical ScienceBA1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Breakfast Club of Elk RapidsLegal Issues Facing Your Home-Based Business2013