I am one of six brothers born and raised in Adrian, Michigan. I spent my summers in Northern Michigan and returned in the 80s to help raise three wonderful children. I am an avid cyclist and have competed in many local and national cycling events including the Iceman, National 24-Hour Challenge, and the Assault on Mount Mitchell. I am also an expert downhill and cross-country skier and have run five marathons.
In the 1970s, I was the manager of the Salvation Army Men’s Social Service Center in Anchorage Alaska. From this experience, I gained first-hand knowledge of how the inadequacies of life can challenge people. My experience helping, relocating, and being a friend to the homeless and down-and-out has given me a unique understanding of how the legal system can adversely affect the falsely accused. I fulfilled my military obligation as a conscientious objector in my capacity with the Salvation Army. My belief in standing up for what I feel is right and protecting the little guy has propelled me to be one of the leading defense lawyers in Northern Michigan.
I have tried more cases with positive outcomes than any other attorney in Northern Michigan. My successes include cases involving criminal sexual conduct; domestic violence; possession, delivery, or manufacture of controlled substances, including marijuana; and many other offenses.
I am an independent thinker, not allowing others to dictate my thoughts and actions. I do what is right and believe in “innocent until proven guilty.” My ability to look at situations from over 35 years of world and legal experience puts me in the unique position to utilize legal avenues that others overlook, don’t see, or don’t have the courage to use. For lack of a better phrase, I am a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
- JD - South Texas College of Law, 1979 with honors
- University of Alaska Anchorage, 1976
- BBA - University of Michigan, 1972
- Albion College, 1968-1970
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