My practice is in two main areas: Criminal Defense and Family Law. In the Criminal Defense area, I represent adults and juveniles accused of committing a crime. The Family Law area is broader. It includes divorce and post-divorce issues such as custody, parenting time and change of domicile; allegations of child abuse and neglect; guardianships and conservatorships.
I am also an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School in Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I teach Trial Skills.
2008 - Wayne County, Michigan charge: First Degree Murder
This was a seven-day trial and the first degree murder charge was dismissed on a motion for directed verdict. The defendant was convicted of second degree murder. A motion for a new trial is pending.
People v. James Bellville, Washtenaw County
Mr. Bellville received a harsh sentence that put him in prison. I went to the Court of Appeals and won a re-sentencing which released him from prison.
People v M. Kyle, Washtenaw County 05-1736-FH
Mr. Kyle was charged with first degree home invasion, felony firearm and felony in possession of a firearm. After a preliminary examination, the home invasion charge was dismissed by the District Court Judge. The remaining gun charges were dismissed in the Circuit Court after I filed a motion to quash.
Lickfeldt v. MDOC
This case involved a plaintiff prisoner serving a string of consecutive sentences beginning with two 14-year maximums. This was followed by a five-year maximum for prison escape, and other subsequent sentences. Afterward, the plaintiff was entitled to termination of the initial 14-year maximum sentences that have chronologically passed. The original 14-year maximum terms she was serving at the time of her prison escape were terminated, and the trial court correctly ordered the Department of Corrections to terminate those sentences. The Department of Corrections may, but is not required to terminate any of the other sentences in its discretion after the minimum term has been served.
330 East Liberty PO Box 1047
Suite Suite 3D
Ann Arbor MI 48106
The initial consultation is $50 to $100 for one hour.
A very small part of my practice is estate planning, typically for same-sex couples. I draft simple wills ($250 each), durable power of attorney for health care ($150 each), general power of attorney ($150 each) and other documents needed to protect non-traditional families.
$150 to $200 per hour.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The bug bit me in law school, so to speak.
We are a society of laws. If people do not educate themselves on the legal issues that affect them, they are cheating themselves. If you are represented by counsel, educating yourself should help you understand the process.
I have reviewed client-prepared documents in the past. I am not a transactional attorney, so there is a limit to what I can review.
I have consulted with clients who wanted to "do it themselves." Usually, cost is the problem. Typically, I will help a person with a do-it-yourself-divorce where there are no minor children and no issues regarding pensions or other large sums of money. I have also consulted with people who wanted to handle their own civil infraction cases. When a person's liberty, the security of minor children or a person's financial future are at stake, I do not recommend trying to navigate the legal system without an attorney.
• Baker College, Flint, Michigan
Adjunct Professor, March 2003 to June 2006
I taught Introduction to Corrections, Law and Corrections and Juvenile Corrections to students pursuing careers in corrections and law enforcement. I wrote the curriculum for the Law and Corrections class in January 2004.
• State Appellate Defender Office, Detroit, Michigan
Law Clerk, January 1992 to February 1993.
I researched and wrote appellate briefs for indigent criminal defendants. See: www.sado.org
As a sale representative, believe it or not, I was taught to listen. I can't believe how many people complain that their attorney never shuts up. My job is to find out what the problem is, then start talking. My experiences as an educator and teacher come through when I present a case to a jury. Arguing a case in court is something like teaching a lesson: Know the points you want to make and make them over and over again.
As aforementioned, I am adept at listening and devising solutions to the problems presented.Personal interests:
I like laughing, cooking, gardening, and being with my friends and family.
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