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Amy L. Stikovich

Real estate Attorney at Petoskey, MI

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 6 years
    Illinois - IL 27 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2017
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    Document drafting (deeds, land contracts, etc.) Analysis and correcting title issues. Advise regarding medical/marijuana zoning, leases, etc. Litigation.

  2. Employment and labor
    Wrongful termination. Sexual Harassment. Severance/Separation Agreements. Unpaid Wages. Draft employee manuals. Other HR issues.

  3. Family
    Collaborative Divorce/Family Law

  4. General practice
    Church/Religious Institution law. I assist churches in drafting governing documents, as well as assisting with employment/HR issues. I am available for limited scope representation. I am available for private mediations.

  5. Contracts and agreements
    Review/revise business contracts

  6. Mediation
    Mediation family law cases and civil disputes

Amy graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1996. After graduation she worked for several law firms in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, where she gained experience in the areas of employment law, insurance defense, contested guardianship and probate, and other litigation matters. She tried several cases to jury verdict. In addition, she served as an arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration system. She successfully defended clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and the Illinois Department of Labor. 

In the fall of 2006 she opened her own firm – Stikovich Legal Counsel. Her goal is to provide excellent representation to individuals, small businesses, small medical practices, and churches/religious institutions. She develops long-lasting relationships with  clients, and she has had many of the same business clients for over 15 years. She relocated to Petoskey in the fall of 2016.  In addition to representing employers and employees in various diputes, she offers Human Resources consulting - including evaluating current practices/procedures, drafting policies, handling employee issues, etc.  She is continuing to develop relationships with local realtors and title companies, and she can assist with a basic transaction or help you figure out how to clean up title.  She drafts all necessary documents (deed, purchase contracts, land contracts, etc.) In April of 2020, Amy joined with a few colleagues to form Nelson Deegan Forster & Stikovich, PC. in Petoskey, Michigan.

Something new in Michigan is "Limited Scope Representation."  What that means is that Amy can represent clients with just a small part of their case.  For example, if a client cannot afford to hire an attorney for the full case, Amy can draft pleadings or just handle a few court appearances.  This can be done on a flat fee basis, as well. 

Amy volunteers with Northern Community Mediation in Petoskey and Charlevoix, and this year Amy was named Veteran Mediator of the Year. She is currently working on earning her certificate in Estate Planning through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  She volunteers at her church and her daughters' school, and she is on the board of Concord Academy of Petoskey.

Contact Amy

Nelson Forster & Stikovich, PC
413 Waukazoo Avenue
Petoskey, MI, 49770


5.0 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Abby | August 27, 2023
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absolutely the best
I've been working with Amy for nearly two years in what has turned into a complex divorce and custody settlement. Amy has been a huge support with her strong and confident knowledge of the laws. She has been extremely communicative with me, no matter the time or day. I have already recommended Amy to others looking for a fair attorney, and I will continue to do so.
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Posted by Ray | September 29, 2019
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Fantastic service!
You always dread the day you have to contact an attorney, and that’s what I found myself doing. Amy was very knowledgeable, kind, and reassuring, when listening to my concerns. She worked with me, and pulled no punches when dealing with the other parties.
Posted by jen | September 6, 2019
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Land contract addendum
Amy did a great job clearing up unspecified issues in a previous land contract. I now receive payments on time and feel that the land contract is well defined, so that both parties involved fully understand terms and agreements. This matter was taken care of in a very timely manner with ease and full understanding. Excellent work and I would use her services if need be in the future.
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Posted by Melinda | July 29, 2019
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Ms. Stikovich is very professional and personable. She made herself available to answer any questions. She walked us through all details in our case and made sure we had an understanding of everything. Very good lawyer/client experience.
Posted by Steve | June 13, 2019
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Top Rated Lawyer
We have retained Mrs. Stikovich many times for business startup documentation, HR matters, and business-related legal issues. She has also overseen several real estate closings for us as well. Amy is attentive to our needs, prompt with her responses, and honest with billing. We appreciate her levelheaded approach to complicated matters and view her as our one-stop "legal department."
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2019
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Amy secured my severance package while getting my former employer to remove clauses from the separation agreement that were not included in my original contract, such as a non-compete.
Posted by Liz | March 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
Amy helped us when we finished paying off our land contract; she gave excellent advice and helped us understand the process. Then, when we ran into a problem with how the seller had handled the title, she doggedly followed the trail and got everything sorted out for us. Amy was great to work with and I highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2019
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Excellent attorney
Excellent. Couldn’t be more satisfied. Very knowledgeable. Very personalized attention
Posted by Bob | March 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and friendly
As a business owner, I hire and consult with Amy on a regular basis. She is always easy to get a hold of, quick to respond, always incredibly helpful and, most importantly, knows her stuff. If you need help, call Amy. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Kara | May 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, prompt, and wonderful!
Choosing Amy to represent me was the best decision! She was thorough and prompt, kind and knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend her legal services to anyone in need of assistance!
Posted by Doug | May 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Personable, Fair Rates
Amy was attentive to our problem and needs. She guided us through the legal process in a way that allowed us to understand what was going on. Her rates were very fair for the work she performed. We will retain her again, if needed.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Nelson Forster & Stikovich, PC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Stikovich Legal Counsel, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2020
  • Associate Attorney
  • Pluymert, Piercey, MacDonald & Amato
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Associate Attorney
  • Sudekum, Cassidy & Shulruff
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Associate Attorney
  • Potratz & Hollander
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Associate Attorney
  • Childress & Zdeb
  • 1996 - 1998
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  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • J.D.
  • 1996
  • Cedarville University
  • B.A. English/Professional Writing
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Gender discrimination
  • Settled
  • Wrongful Termination - Sexual Harassment
  • Settled - money damages paid to former employee
  • Wrongful termination - retaliatory discharge
  • Settled - severance paid to employee
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  • State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly
  • Interim Representative - 57th Circuit
  • 2023 - Present
  • Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association
  • Executive Council
  • 2023 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Executive Committee, Michigan Bar Journal
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member - Licensed Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • Northern Community Mediation
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • 2017 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member - Licensed Attorney
  • 1996 - Present
  • Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association
  • President
  • 2022 - 2022
  • Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2021 - 2021
  • Concord Academy of Petoskey
  • Vice President, Board of Directors
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM)
  • Interim Secretary (Northern Michigan Region)
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Northern Community Mediation
  • 2022
  • Veteran Mediator of the Year (2018)
  • Northern Community Mediation
  • 2019
  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition - 3rd Place Regionals
  • John Marshall Law School
  • 1995
  • Herzog Moot Court Competition - 2nd place
  • John Marshall Law School
  • 1994
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  • West Legalworks
  • First Health Group Corp v. United Payors & United Providers, 95 F.Supp. 2d 845 (N.D. Ill. 2000)
  • 2000
  • West Legalworks
  • A&A Market v. Pekin, 306 Ill.App.3d 485
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Private Company
  • Sexual Harassent Training
  • 2009
  • Private company
  • Sexual Harassment Training
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (7)
Endorse Amy
Employee benefits Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy is my go-to for employment law, real estate law and general practice questions. She is wonderfully responsive. Her vast knowledge encompasses every aspect of practicing law. When someone hires her, they hire a bulldog and a heart. I highly recommend her."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely responsive and professional. She did an excellent job on an employment law matter and clearly knew the subject matter inside and out. Her work product was right on point and timely. I would definitely work with this lawyer again and recommend her to others."
Petoskey Real estate Lawyer Amy L. Stikovich
Amy L. Stikovich
Real estate Attorney
Petoskey, MI
Licensed for 27 years