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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1996||04/02/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Life Spike||National Association of Home Builders||2010|
|Emerging Leader Award||Home Builders Association - Grand Traverse Area||2006|
|Founder/Owner||Whims Legal Group, PLC||2016 - Present|
|Shareholder||Smith & Johnson Attorneys, PC||2005 - Present|
|N/A||Gray Ford & Seaman||2004 - 2005|
|N/A||Quade and Associates||2003 - 2004|
|Deputy District Attorney||San Diego County District Attorneys Office||2001 - 2003|
|Partner||Burcham and Whims||1996 - 2001|
|Deputy District Attorney||Orange County District Attorneys Office||1988 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Paradise Township Planning Commission||Commission member||2009 - 2012|
|Paradise Township||Trustee||2006 - 2016|
|Home Builders Association Grand Traverse County||President||2005 - 2011|
|Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan||Board of Directors||2005 - 2012|
|People v. Falsely Accused||Not Guilty by Jury|
|People v. Not Guilty||Not Guilty|
|People v. Innocent Client||Not Guilty on both counts|
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|Toolbox||The Demise of "The Fund"||2009|
|Newsbuilder||The New Homeowner Construction Lien Recovery Fund||2008|
|Michigan Home Resource Guide||HBANWM - Christmas Comes Early||2008|
|Newsbuilder||Attack of the Unlicensed Contractor||2008|
|Tool Box||It Always Something||2008|
|Newbulder||Contractors Held to Higher Standard Than Homeowners||2007|
|Newsbuilder||Builders Are Exempt From Consumer Protection Claims||2007|
|Newsbuilder||Commit to Excellence or Commit to Litigate||2006|
|Newsbuilder||A Real Life Lien Story||2006|
|The Right To Counsel||New Discovery Rules||2006|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Michigan||Finance/Marketing||BBA||1984|
|CDAM Summer Conference||Accident Reconstruction: Anatomy of a Crash||2016|
|Seminar in the Snow||Direct Examination||2014|
|Annual Meeting - MAJ||Construction Law||2014|
|Seminar in the Snow||Closing Argument||2013|
|National Webinar||Jury Selection Techniques||2013|
|Winter Seminar||New Jury Instructions||2012|
|National Webinar||Jury Selection||2012|
|Annual Meeting||Cross-Examination of the Extremely Reluctant Witness||2012|
|Zoning and Planning Meeting - Multi-county||Medical Marijuana||2011|
|New Lawyer Workshop||How to's of Trial Practice||2011|
|Home Builders Association||Dispute Resolution, Contracts and Liens||2010|
|Leelanau County Sheriffs Office||Constitutional Law/Search and Seizure Issues||2009|
|Home Builders Association||Construction Liens||2008|
|Home Builders Association||Contract Update||2008|
|Michigan Association For Justice||Jury Selection||2007|
Posted by anonymous
I needed a lawyer to help me with an embezzlement charge and Mr. Whims was the best attorney to help me handle the case. He walked me thru the process and helped me get probation and eventual dismissal of charges there after. He was professional and worked on my behalf through the entire process.
Posted by anonymous
I made the unfortunate decision to drive after drinking. I was charged with OWI with high BAC. (.19, and .17) After talking with several attorneys in the area, I made the decision to hire Robert. Robert took the time to get to know my personal accomplishments and not just the crime I committed. Because of his commitment and professionalism, my charge was immediately reduced. In addition, at my sentencing I was given non-reporting probation, and a 4 hour highway safety course. When I first contacted Robert I was facing a car installed breathylizer, possible jail, reporting probation, and community service.
Robert also has the respect of the courts. Regardless of how many people filled the court room, Robert was always the first case the judge called. The judge made personal recognition of Robert, which put me at great ease.
He is a family man, but also respected professional. He is involved in his community, and it is obvious everyone that works with him (judge, court employees, probation officers) has great respect for him and find him trustworthy.
I would recommend Robert to anyone looking for an attorney with a wealth of knowledge and who can guide you through a difficult situation!
Posted by anonymous
After 30+ years of marriage, my former spouse filed for divorce. Mr. Whims had done some excellent work for me on a real estate transaction several years ago, so I called him for a recommendation. I was mildly surprised that he also handled divorce cases, but was very comfortable in retaining him to handle this situation as well. For me, it was an emotional roller coaster, and the entire process lasted for about 18 months. In every respect, I was satisfied with my interactions with him and the service that he provided. He never forgot the emotional toil that the process was having, but more importantly, he led me through the process with the right mix of tenacity and aggressiveness tempered with restraint when appropriate. He knew the attorneys and the judge assigned to my case, and when expert information was needed, he chose the right people. In the end, his approach preserved for me nearly a million dollars more of my assets than I had been initially willing to give up. He was usually very busy during the time that he worked for me, but he always answered my phone calls when he was in the office, and even called me on weekends from his cell phone when some issue "couldn't wait". His assistant was always available, and kept a very precise file system of the various motions and hearings that took place. Strange as it sounds, I was comforted by the fact that I couldn't always reach him immediately, knowing that other clients had also chosen him to represent them, and that he was in high demand.
Bottom line, I would have no hesitation in recommending him to a potential client who may need his expertise. His fees were in line with attorney fees for the area, and his itemized bills were very clear and understandable. If I need legal advice in the future, I would call him first, and be comfortable that, even if he wasn't able to handle my situation, he would provide an appropriate referral
Everette Ayers, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Mr. Whims is a true gentleman. I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. whims for about six years. If ever I needed a lawyer for any matter Mr. Whims would my choice. He is an extremely gifted trial lawyer with a deep and abiding faith. If ever I have a question about a case Rob has always been willing to help. You could not choose a better lawyer.
Timothy Slais, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
If I needed legal assistance of any kind in the Traverse City or surrounding areas, Robert Whims would certainly be my first call. Robert is no stranger to litigation, having been a former prosecutor in California, and he goes to battle for his clients and wins. Whether your needs are civil, ranging from divorce to business law, or you or a loved-one is charged with a crime, you can trust that Robert will fight for your interests and represent you well.
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