Shareholders

Roger A. Bird

Mr. Bird practices in the areas of personal injury, municipal law, commercial litigation, and labor law. He graduated from Michigan State University with high honors in 1972 and the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1975. He authored “Title VII and the Pregnant Employee” for the Notre Dame Lawyer. He has served as the City Attorney for Sturgis, Michigan, since 1993. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals. He has three sons. He currently resides in Sturgis, Michigan with his wife, Ann. Email.

 

 


Robert P. Brothers

Mr. Brothers graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Business in 1982 and the University of Toledo Law School, magna cum laude, in 1985. He has been inducted into the Order of the Coif, which is a legal honor society admitting only those individuals who finished in the top 10% of their class at select law schools. He was employed as a Staff Attorney to the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals, before entering private practice. His practice areas include: Business law; Probate and Estate Planning, including adoption, guardianships, conservatorships, and administration of wills and trusts; Real Estate; Tax, including employee benefits; and select Litigation. Mr. Brothers has authored “Ask a Lawyer” column in the Sturgis Journal, and he has been a speaker for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education on estate planning matters. He has served as the President of the St. Joseph County Bar Association and is a past member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the State Bar of Michigan and the Employee Benefits Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section on Taxation. Mr. Brothers is a director for Century Bank and Trust. Mr. Brothers has also served on the Board of numerous non-profit and exempt organizations, as well as being a past president of the Sturgis Kiwanis Club, the Klinger Lake Country Club, and the St. Joseph County United Way. He has two sons and a daughter. He is a native of Sturgis and lives there with his wife Lori. Email.


Eric J. Scheske

Mr. Scheske is licensed to practice in Michigan and Indiana. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1988 and the University of Notre Dame School of Law, magna cum laude, in 1991. He is the past President of the St. Joseph County Bar Association. He practices in the following areas: Creditor’s Rights, Corporate, Tax, Real Estate, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Municipal Law, and Charitable Organizations. He has provided reduced-fee or free legal assistance to many non-profit organizations. He represents hundreds of business clients, including home-based businesses, small retail stores, doctors and other professionals, banks, and large manufacturing companies. His business clients include companies from southwest Michigan, northern Indiana, and the metroplitan Detroit area. He also represents many individuals with their real estate transactions and estate planning. He has authored hundreds of columns and articles for dozens of publications, including “The House Trust,” which appeared in the Michigan Bar Journal. In 2006, The Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild conferred The John Paul II Memorial Splendor of Truth Award on Mr. Scheske. He lives in Sturgis, Michigan with his wife, Marie, and their seven children. Email.


Associate

T.J. Reed

Mr. Reed recently joined the firm. He will provide legal services formerly provided by Attorney Pattison, who will be leaving the firm on December 31, 2012 to become 3B District Court Judge. Mr. Reed resides in Centreville, Michigan, with his wife and their four children. Email.


Of Counsel

John T. Svendsen

Mr. Svendsen concentrates almost exclusively on estate planning, probate and real estate law. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1964 and from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1967. Email.

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