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About me

I am a dedicated husband and father.  We live on a small farm where we raise livestock and crops.   We supply our own organic beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, pork, eggs, and milk, in addition to making things like bio-diesel and even our own soap. 


Our faith is important to us.  Also, my entire family loves to hunt and fish, and we try to spend time pursuing these interests when not otherwise occupied with the farm, sports and the normal events of life. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Business: 20%
    20 years, 100 cases
  2. Divorce: 20%
    20 years, 150 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    27 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Construction: 20%
    27 years, 250 cases
  5. Litigation: 20%
    27 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

9 total 

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  • Kevin Banyon

    Attorney Whims is a leader and warrior in the courtroom. He is respected by the Bench and Bar throughout the State. I had a chance to work with him as co-counsel on a case, and was impressed with his skills and courtroom demeanor. If I were in trouble, Robert Whims would be my first call!


    Kevin Banyon Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Aaron S. Coltrane

    Mr. Whims and I met each other as opposing counsel on a recent matter. I was extremely impressed with Mr. Whims' knowledge of the law and passion exhibited in the courtroom. Mr. Whims legal abilities are unparalleled, and can only be matched by his unwavering moral character. Mr. Whims is a top notch attorney, and I would feel extremely comfortable recommending his services to anyone in need of legal assistance.


    Aaron Coltrane Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Whims Legal Group, PLC

12935 S.West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 300
Traverse City, MI, 49684


MIActive And In Good Standing199605/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Life SpikeNational Association of Home Builders2010
Emerging Leader AwardHome Builders Association - Grand Traverse Area2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder/OwnerWhims Legal Group, PLC2016 - Present
ShareholderSmith & Johnson Attorneys, PC2005 - Present
N/AGray Ford & Seaman2004 - 2005
N/AQuade and Associates2003 - 2004
Deputy District AttorneySan Diego County District Attorneys Office2001 - 2003
PartnerBurcham and Whims1996 - 2001
Deputy District AttorneyOrange County District Attorneys Office1988 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Paradise TownshipTrustee2006 - Present
Paradise Township Planning CommissionCommission member2009 - 2012
Home Builders Association Grand Traverse CountyPresident2005 - 2011
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganBoard of Directors2005 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
R.C. vs. Dar-Side Inn, et alVerdict for plaintiff/client
Hughes v. DunnVerdict for plaintiff/client
Shea Homes/Palmyra v. Masonry Co.Verdict for plaintiff/client
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Publication nameTitleDate
ToolboxWhat Party2009
ToolboxThe Demise of "The Fund"2009
NewsbuilderThe New Homeowner Construction Lien Recovery Fund2008
NewsbuilderBig Trouble2008
Michigan Home Resource GuideHBANWM - Christmas Comes Early2008
NewsbuilderAttack of the Unlicensed Contractor2008
Tool BoxIt Always Something2008
NewsbuilderSuppliers Beware2007
NewbulderContractors Held to Higher Standard Than Homeowners2007
NewsbuilderContract Updates2007
NewsbuilderBuilders Are Exempt From Consumer Protection Claims2007
NewsbuilderBig Trouble2007
NewsbuilderCommit to Excellence or Commit to Litigate2006
NewsbuilderA Real Life Lien Story2006
The Right To CounselNew Discovery Rules2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of MichiganFinance/MarketingOther - Bachelors1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seminar in the SnowDirect Examination2014
Annual Meeting - MAJConstruction Law2014
Seminar in the SnowClosing Argument2013
National WebinarJury Selection Techniques2013
Winter SeminarNew Jury Instructions2012
National WebinarJury Selection2012
Annual MeetingCross-Examination of the Extremely Reluctant Witness2012
Zoning and Planning Meeting - Multi-countyMedical Marijuana2011
New Lawyer WorkshopHow to's of Trial Practice2011
Home Builders AssociationDispute Resolution, Contracts and Liens2010
Leelanau County Sheriffs OfficeConstitutional Law/Search and Seizure Issues2009
Home Builders AssociationConstruction Liens2008
Home Builders AssociationContract Update2008
Michigan Association For JusticeJury Selection2007