About

For over 27 years, I have been a practicing attorney. I’ve handled a wide range of cases in courts throughout Michigan.  I know I have the experience to make fair and impartial rulings as a judge.  Please take a few minutes and review my bio below.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Detroit School of Law, Detroit, MI; Juris Doctorate 1991
  • London Law Program, Regent’s Park, England; Study of International law and EEC
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; B.A. Arts and Letters 1987

LAW EXPERIENCE:

  • Co-Founder and Principal of Hafeli Staran & Christ, P.C., Sylvan Lake, Michigan – Sept. 2005 to present
  • Beier Howlett, P.C., (1993-2005)-Principal
  • DeNardis, McCandless & Muller, P.C. (1991-1992) Associate
  • Chrysler Corporation, Office of the General Counsel (1990-1991)
  • Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. (1990); London, England; Internship regarding EEC regulations on mergers and acquisitions

LAW PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Criminal law and prosecutions
  • Municipal/School/Governmental
  • Real estate
  • Zoning and land use
  • Commercial and construction litigation
  • Title disputes and construction liens
  • Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act litigation
  • Property annexation matters
  • Property taxation

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

SEMINARS/PUBLICATIONS:

  • Lorman Education Services, 2006; Zoning and Land Use in Michigan
  • Lorman Education Services, 2002; Public Records and Open Meetings
  • National Business Institute, 1997; School Law Seminar

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS / AFFILIATIONS:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Michigan Council of School Attorneys, Past President 2000-2001
  • Oakland County Municipal Law Committee
ONLY Candidate with Trial Experience
Husband to Ann for 25 Years
Humbly Endorsed by Judges Throughout Oakland County
Proud Father of 3