Experience:

Director Lapeer County Friend of the Court January 2017 - present
 

Perform statutory functions of the Friend of the Court Office including investigating, enforcing, and processing over 4,800 domestic relations cases.
Responsible for program planning, fiscal management of a $1.5 million budget, personnel management of seventeen employees, facilities management, and general administrative matters.
Enforced Court Orders in the delivery of over $14 million to families.
Referee for motions involving Custody, Parenting Time, Child Support and Show Causes.

Assistant Prosecutor Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office July 2013 – January 2017

Major crimes prosecutor, handling charging, preliminary examinations, motion practice, plea negotiations, and trials of felony offenses.
Cover one third of the office’s abuse and neglect proceedings on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Represent the Secretary of State in Circuit Court on Driver’s License Restoration Appeals
Corporate Counsel for Lapeer County Treasurer’s Office.
Issue approximately twenty percent of the office’s complaints and warrants.
Assigned attorney for the Thumb Narcotic Unit.
Assist in covering Circuit Court, Probate Court, and District Court dockets.
As a Senior Attorney supervised other attorneys with their caseloads.
Conduct legal trainings for law enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Assistant Prosecutor Tuscola County Prosecutor’s Office January 2012 - July 2013

Successfully litigated criminal cases in District Court and Circuit Court.
Assisted in Probate Court on abuse and neglect files.

Associate Attorney | Kohl, Harris, Nolan, McCarthy, and Turkelson June 2009 - January 2012

As a general practice attorney handled domestic relations cases, general civil cases, probate matters, and specialized in criminal law.
Primary attorney handling the felony indigent contract for Tuscola County, involving over 850 files, from 2010 to 2011.
Administrator for the day-to-day operations of the Caro Office consisting of one additional attorney and one secretary.

Assistant City Attorney for City of Lapeer

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office | July 2005 – June 2009

Maintained all duties of an Assistant Prosecutor in addition to assisting the elected. prosecutor in the administration of the office including five attorneys and nine support staff.
Assigned attorney for Judge Justus C. Scott and Judge Michael P. Higgins, handling the majority of cases heard in those courts.
Drafted Lapeer County Animal Control Ordinance.
MADD Prosecutor of the Year 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Assistant Prosecutor Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office June 1996 – July 2005

Maintained the entire docket of juvenile delinquent and abuse and neglect files for two years.
Successfully handled cases involving all types of crimes, including: murder, manslaughter, criminal sexual conduct, assault, controlled substances, and motor vehicle violations.
Appeared in the Michigan Court of Appeals on multiple occasions.
Provided legal analysis to different departments of Lapeer County as Corporate Counsel.
Conducted legal trainings for law enforcement.

Contract Negotiator - AT&T Systems Leasing September 1995 - May 1996

Created contracts for leases of multi-million dollar computer systems.

Education:

Juris Doctor, cum laude | Detroit College of Law | 1992 - 1995

Journal of International Law and Practice, Assistant Editor
International Moot Court Team
Intern - United States District Court, Judge Paul V. Gadola
Law Clerk – Detroit Edison Legal Department, 1994-1995

Bachelor of science | Indiana University | 1988-1992

Major: Accounting
Minor: Psychology

Community Involvement:

Marathon Township Planning Commission, November 2019 - current
Lapeer County Medical Control Advisory Committee - Member, 2009 - Present
Lapeer County Bar Association – President, May 2017 – May 2018; Vice President, May 2016 - May 2017
Thumb Narcotic Unit - Secretary/Treasurer, June 2016 - January 2017
Tuscola County Bar Association – Treasurer, 2012 - 2013
Elba Township Board - Trustee, 2005 - 2008
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team - President, 2007 – 2008; Treasurer, 2006 - 2007
Council for Children – President, 2005 - 2008
Lake Nepessing Association – President, 2002 - 2008
Michigan Youth Law Enforcement Training Academy Trainer, 2002 – 2004
Participant in over 20 triathlons
Completed four half marathons

Licensure:

Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan, November 1995
Admitted in the United States District Court – Eastern District, November 1995

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