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Running, Wise & Ford, PLC is a full service law firm with 13 attorneys in offices in Traverse City, Charlevoix and Frankfort.

I am in the Charlevoix office and primarily handle civil litigation but also practice business law, municipal law, family law and criminal defense.


I am a resident of Charlevoix, married with four children, ages 10-18.  I am very active in the community serving on the boards listed as well as coaching high school baseball and youth football.


Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 75%
    27 years
  2. Family: 10%
    27 years
  3. Business: 10%
    27 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    27 years

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Contact info

101 M 66 N
Charlevoix, MI, 49720


MIActive And In Good Standing198905/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who2001
Clio High School Alumnus of the YearClio Area Educational Foundation1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRunning, Wise & Ford, PLC2007 - Present
PartnerHayes, Telgenhof, Turkelson & Groat, P.C.2006 - 2006
PartnerJoseph, Corcoran & Telgenhof, P.C.1994 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Charlevoix Schools FoundationTrustee2007 - 2008
Charlevoix Board of EducationPresident1995 - 2003
City of Charlevoix Planning CommissionCommissioner1994 - 1995
State Bar of MichiganMember1989 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
ABC v XYZmulti-million dollar settlement achieved
People v Doenot guilty jury verdict
W v Psuccessful verdict in property dispute
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Publication nameTitleDate
GP SoloUsing Legal Assistants in a Family Law Practice2002
Facts & FindingsIs Anyone Listening?2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1989
Michigan State UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1987