• Graduated from Belding High School in Belding, MI, 1972
  • Bachelor of Science, Political Science – Central Michigan University, 1975
  • Juris Doctorate – Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1978
  • Acceptance to State Bar of Michigan, February 1979

Legal Experience

  • Over 30 years practicing law in Manistee, Michigan
  • August 1979: Joined the practice of Donald G. Jennings, PC in Manistee, MI
  • July 1985: Opened his own law practice on River Street
  • August 2000: Relocated office to the Hart Building on Water Street


  • Licensed to practice in the Western District of the Federal Court
  • Over 40 appearances before the Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Proudly represented hundreds of clients throughout West Michigan with a focus on Manistee, Benzie, Mason, Lake, and Wexford counties

Community Involvement

  • Manistee Elks Club member
  • Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce member
  • 85th District Court Judge candidate in 2008

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30 years in Manistee

For an Appointment:

427 Water Street
Manistee, MI
Phone: 231-723-2591

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Manistee County

Benzie County

Mason County

Wexford County