Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC

Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC

Working with you and your business to meet your legal needs and resolve your legal problems.

Firm Overview

At Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC we believe that personal service is the most important thing we can give you and your business. We can help your business get started, work through growth, acquisitions and sales and assist you with employment and operational advice. When problems arise, we help you negotiate resolutions or, if necessary, take your case to court or arbitration. For individuals, we can help you with your estate planning and probate matters, assist you with real estate and construction transactions and guide you through the difficult times of divorce, personal injury or property disputes. We can help you prosecute or defend court cases or arbitrations in almost every area of the law.

We believe in personal service and that you retain us for our experience and reasonable representation. Each of us has thirty years of experience practicing law and we use that breadth of experience and personal attention to detail that clients expect from professional advisors. If we are not the best choice for your legal needs, we will recommend another person for you.

Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC is a general commercial law firm with an extensive background in real estate transactions, business transactions, non-profit organizations, business organizations, and commercial litigation. The firm also serves individual needs in real estate, divorce and family law matters, mortgage fraud investigations and litigation, estate planning, probate, and personal injury matters.

The firm is presently comprised of four partners, each of whom has more than thirty years experience in the practice of law. The partners have individual areas of concentration, as stated in their profiles below. That breadth of experience enables the firm to serve individuals, small businesses and larger organizations with the quality and personal attention to detail that clients expect from professional advisors.

Main Office

Main Office
320 Miller Avenue, Suite 190
Ann Arbor, MI 48103


(734) 769-2691


The law office of Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC will represent your business legal matters.

Employment Law
-Employment contracts
-Employment policies
-Legal compliance
-Termination and severance
-Trade Secrets
-Confidential business information

Mark J. Eby

Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC

Practice Areas
Commercial Law; Debtor Creditor Law; Business Organizations; Computer Law

Admitted: 1980, Michigan

Law School: University of Michigan, J.D.

Member: State Bar of Michigan (Member, Taxation and Business Law Sections).

Biography: Co-Author: "Retirement Plans and Creditors Rights," Michigan Tax Law Journal, June 1988. Member, Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 1994-1996.

Born: Monroe, Michigan, January 31, 1955

I am a lifelong resident of Michigan. I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980 and began work for the predecessor to this law firm. I have concentrated my practice on business law matters throughout my career. I consider myself a business law generalist. I regularly work with small to medium sized businesses (which I define as having annual sales from $1.00 to $50 million) on most legal matters that they will face during their business lives. I regularly help clients with business formation documents and with a variety of legal matters that arise out of business operations, including forming and capitalizing business entities, contract negotiation, drafting and enforcement, real estate, employment, purchase and sale of businesses and business finance.

I represent clients in most industries where small businesses exist, including health care, manufacturing, software development and information technology, real estate development and finance, research and development, non-profit enterprises, retail, restaurant and service businesses.

I am proud of the fact that my peers in the legal profession have given me an AV rating under the Martindale-Hubble rating system and that I have been part of a law firm that has had an AV rating for more than 20 years.


-Business Law
--- Business Formation (corporations, limited liability companies and other entities)
--- Commercial Transactions
--- Business Finance
--- Mergers and Acquisitions

-Contract Law
--- Negotiation
--- Interpretation
--- Drafting
--- Enforcement

-Employment Law
--- Employment Contracts
--- Employment Policies
--- Legal Compliance
--- Termination and Severance

-Non-Profit Organizations
--- Formation
--- Tax Exem


University of Michigan
Juris Doctorate ,

Pat D. Conner

Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC

Practice Areas
-Closely Held Businesses; Business Law; Charter School Law; Estate Planning; Probate Law; Real Estate

Admitted: 1968, Michigan

Law School: Harvard University, J.D.

Member: Washtenaw County and American (Member: Small Business Committee, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section, 1981—) Bar Associations; State Bar of Michigan.

Biography: Phi Beta Kappa. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Co-Author, "Research and Development Limited Partnerships," in The Business Lawyer, August 1983. Participant, Probate Estate Planning Certificate Program, Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Born: Iowa City, Iowa, October 7, 1942

Agencies: Michigan Public Service Commission.

Throughout my career, my practice has been focused on serving clients with small business, estate planning, probate and real estate needs. I have also practiced in the public utility area, working on public offerings of securities as well as electric rate cases and cogeneration matters before the Michigan Public Service Commission.

In working with clients, my primary concerns are to be sure that I fully understand their needs and that their objectives are clearly and effectively expressed in business negotiations, agreements and estate planning documents.

I have completed the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education Estate Planning Certification Program and frequently serve as a commentator for its estate planning seminars. I also have taught an advanced estate planning course for the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters.

For over 10 years, I have been listed in the "Best Lawyers in America".

Admitted: 1968, Michigan
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Eastern District of Michigan

Education: Albion College, A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1964
Harvard University Law School, J.D., 1967

Community Service: Washtenaw County Chapter American Cancer; Former Director, President Michigan Cancer Society; Society and Planned Gift Committee
Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity; Former Member, Legal Committee
As a hot air balloon pilot, I donate balloon rides to various non-profit organizations in the area for their fundraising programs.


Harvard University Law School
Juris Doctorate ,

Keith O. Smillie

Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC

Practice Areas
-Mortgage Banking; Real Estate; Business Organizations; Probate Law; Estate Planning

Admitted: 1981, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D.

Member: Washtenaw County Bar Association (President, Young Lawyers Section, 1984); State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on: Real Estate; Probate).

Biography: Associate Attorney, Whitker, Benz, Shaner and Olsen, 1981-1987. Attorney/Owner, Smillie & Associates, 1987-2000. Partner, Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC, 2000—.

Born: Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 27, 1954

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, I came back to practice law in 1981 after obtaining a B.A. from Michigan State University and Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent Law School. My law practice focuses on three areas: (1) real estate, (2) small business, (3) wills and probate. For over 25 years I have provided personal attention, prompt communication and a high quality legal strategy to meet my clients' needs.

Practice Areas

My real estate practice includes mortgage law, wholesale mortgage lending and servicing issues, mortgage brokers, credit fraud and mortgage loan fraud. I resolve title defects and boundary disputes through title insurance claims and lawsuits to quiet title. I represent real estate brokers with licensure and agency issues, parties to commercial and residential conveyances, landlords in landlord/tenant disputes, homeowner's associations and parties in construction law disputes. Thus, I have experience in foreclosures of mortgages, land contracts, construction liens and homeowner association liens for unpaid dues.

My business law practice includes business formation of corporations and limited liability companies, buying and selling of businesses, employment contracts, collections and asset recovery claims.

My wills and probate practice includes estate planning, revocable living trusts, probate and trust administration, guardianship and conservatorship law.

Education: Michigan State University, B.A., with high honors, 1977
Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1981

Biography: 1981 to 1987, Associate attorney, Whitker, Benz, Shaner and Olsen
1987 to 2000, Attorney/Owner Smillie & Associates
2000 to present, Partner, Ellis, Eby, Conner, Smillie & Bourque, PLLC


Chicago Kent College of Law
Juris Doctorate ,

Thomas B. Bourque

Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC

Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation; Family Law; Real Estate Litigation; Personal Injury; Employment Law; Landlord and Tenant Law

Admitted: 1981, Florida and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida including Trial Bar; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1992, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Law School: University of Michigan, J.D.

Member: Washtenaw County Bar Association (President, 2004-2005); State Bar of Michigan; The Florida Bar (inactive).

Biography: Phi Beta Kappa. Author: "Strict Liability in the Construction Context," The Construction Lawyer, Summer, 1982.

Born: Lexington, Kentucky, June 22, 1956

I have been representing people and businesses in court cases and litigation matters for more than thirty years. I understand that it is a great privilege and responsibility to speak on behalf of someone else and I take that responsibility seriously. I believe that even an aggressive trial lawyer must still work to solve problems. My first job is to help you solve your legal problem in the most efficient and effective way possible. When a case requires a court fight, I believe in fighting only the issues worth fighting but fighting them aggressively and fairly.

Throughout my career I have helped people and businesses in various types of civil litigation. I help clients to resolve problems or present their cases in court in real estate, property and construction cases, divorce, custody and family law disputes, general business contract and sales disputes, employment and non-compete clause arguments and personal injury lawsuits. I encourage facilitation and mediation and alternative dispute resolution whenever those resolution methods make sense.

-1981, Florida
-1992, Michigan
-Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
-Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
-Eastern District of Michigan
-Western District of Michigan
-Southern District of Florida
-Middle District of Florida

Community Service:
-Treasurer: First Congregational Church
-President: Ann Arbor Public School Foundation (2005-2006)
-Treasurer: Ann Arbor YMCA Board of Directors
-President: Burns Park Players (1998-2003)


University of Michigan
Juris Doctorate ,

Clan Crawford, Jr.

Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC

Practice Areas
-Zoning Law

Admitted: 1953, Michigan; 1954, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

Law School: University of Michigan, J.D.

Member: State Bar of Michigan; Michigan Society of Planning Officials.

Biography: Author: "Michigan Zoning and Planning."

Born: Cleveland, Ohio, January 25, 1927

Military Service: U.S. Navy, 1944-1946

College: Oberlin College, A.B., 1948


University of Michigan
Juris Doctorate ,