Northern Michigan Law Firm

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History

After serving Traverse City and northern Michigan for decades, the attorneys of Parker Harvey are off to a fresh start.  The law firm of Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge opened its Traverse City office in 1990.  During the next 27 years, the partners of Parker Harvey developed legal expertise and deep relationships within the community.  On August 1, 2017, Parker Harvey began.  This is our chance to build a law firm that meets the unique needs of our community--needs that we know and appreciate.  We are looking forward to using our experience and relationships to serve you.

 

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Attorneys

 

Partner

Andrew Blodgett

Andy is an attorney in Traverse City, Michigan who represents businesses and individuals in a wide range of legal disputes.  Andy spent his initial years as an attorney practicing personal injury defense, which quickly provided extensive experience in all aspects of litigation. Currently the majority of his clients are individuals and businesses who have either been sued or need to use the judicial system to achieve a result.  He frequently finds himself litigating contract disputes, property matters, LLC or Corporation disputes, and other business matters.  Andy enjoys working closely with his clients to make sure the litigation strategy aligns with the client’s business or personal goals.  He maintains a blog examining real property law issues in northern Michigan.

Andy lives in Traverse City with his wife Jenni and their five children.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Grand Traverse Conservation District and is an Elder at New Hope Community Church.  He is a graduate of Cedarville University (B.A. Biology, 2001) and Indiana University-Bloomington (J.D., 2004).

ablodgett@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4537


Partner

Peter Boyles

Pete Boyles is a seasoned and respected trial attorney in Traverse City, Michigan.  He has 20 years of experience representing businesses, professionals, and families in state, probate, and federal courts throughout Michigan. On a daily basis, Pete represents businesses in bet-the-company litigation in cases involving catastrophic injuries, contract disputes, employment discrimination, insurance coverage, and other complex litigation matters. He also defends professionals such as accountants, engineers, and lawyers against claims of malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence. 

For banks, trust officers, and families, Pete provides counsel in probate litigation. Pete’s passion for his clients plays out in courtrooms and conference rooms to equal applause. He easily balances understanding his clients' needs with thoughtful, decisive counsel to successfully champion their cause through savvy trial strategies. 

Pete is married to Anne, and together they have two children and one stepson.  Pete is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., 1988) and the University of Detroit Law School (J.D., 1994).

pboyles@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4511


PARTNER

Scott Harvey

Scott D. Harvey practices in the areas of business law, estate planning, trust and probate administration, health care law, nonprofit law and special needs planning. He represents closely-held businesses, physician groups, nonprofit organizations and individuals in these areas of practice.

Scott was selected by the Traverse City Business News in 2008 as one of the 40 most influential people in the Grand Traverse region under the age of 40.

Scott was raised in the Traverse City area and is very active in the community in a variety of areas. He lives in the Traverse City area with his wife, Becky, and their sons, Scotty and Luke. He is an avid golfer and hockey player and serves as the assistant hockey coach at Traverse City Central High School.  Scott is a graduate of Ferris State University (B.S., 1999) and the University of Notre Dame (J.D., 2002).

sharvey@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4545


Partner

Robert Parker

Robert is a seasoned attorney with over 30 years of experience representing landowners, developers, business owners, lenders, municipalities, and individuals throughout Michigan. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to real estate and land use issues including residential real estate closings, the purchase, sale or lease of commercial property and real property taxation issues. He has successfully litigated issues related to the enforcement and interpretation of easements, restrictive covenants, zoning restrictions, actions to quiet or clear title, and foreclosure of mortgages and construction liens. Robert represents commercial lenders in real estate transactions and clients before the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Robert was the Managing Partner for Smith Haughey’s Traverse City office for many years and also served as the firm’s CEO.  Robert was named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law.

Robert is a life-long resident of Traverse City, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and also raised their three children.  Robert is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., 1977) and Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 1980).

rparker@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4504


partner

Jeffrey Wonacott

Jeff has 27 years of experience as a respected advisor and counselor to individuals, financial institutions, and a wide variety of businesses, from small start-ups to large corporations, in various industries throughout Michigan. His practice areas include trust and estate planning, business and commercial transactions, trust and probate administration, including trust reformation proceedings, cottage succession planning, business entity selection, organization, and planning, Corporate governance, loan documentation drafting, review, and evaluation, non-compete and trade secret protection, technology licensing, business sales and transactions, including manufacturing, distribution, and leasing, business succession planning, including Buy-Sell Agreements, agri-Business, with an emphasis on transfer of farm real estate and operations, liquor license transfers, and real estate transactions.

Jeff is a native of Northern Michigan. He resides in Traverse City with his wife Michelle and their daughter Alexa.  He is a graduate of Alma College (B.A. 1987) and the University of Kentucky (J.D., 1990).

jwonacott@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4509


attorney

Anders Gillis

Anders is a lawyer in Traverse City, Michigan. He represents and defends an array of individuals and companies practicing in the areas of family law,  probate litigation, criminal defense. In addition, Anders writes for Parker Harvey's employment law blog and is currently involved in state and federal litigation involving employment disputes.  On behalf of companies, Anders assists with business transactions and litigation matters. He also is involved in real estate disputes which includes landlord tenant disputes, easements and construction litigation. 

Anders earned his law degree at Michigan State University. While earning his degree, Anders was part of the Michigan State University Law hockey team and completed a 50 Mile Ultra Marathon Running Race. Moreover, Anders was the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society and an editor for the Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law.

An Alaskan native and once a NCAA competitive skier and runner, Anders enjoys spending his spare time outdoors in northern Michigan. His hobbies include cross country skiing, running, hockey and playing guitar.

agillis@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4507


Attorney

Timothy White

Tim’s practice is concentrated on representing the owners of closely-held businesses, professionals, and other high income and high net-worth clients on their business, taxation and estate planning matters. Tim’s clients include companies in construction, manufacturing, agri-business, health care, technology and professional services. 

In addition to his law degree, Tim holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, which he uses to assist his clients in planning intended to avoid, defer or minimize taxes. This is why many clients with estates in excess of federal estate tax exemptions ($11.18 million per individual or $22.36 million per couple) and those with high incomes or appreciating assets have chosen to work with Tim on their business succession, asset protection and estate plans. With Tim’s assistance, a number of his clients have reduced their potential tax liabilities by millions of dollars. 

Tim also represents executors, trustees, and other fiduciaries responsible for administering estates and trusts. He has significant experience with the trusts and estates which hold unconventional or illiquid assets, such as operating businesses, oil and gas interests, or commercial real estate, and has overseen the administration of numerous complex trust structures. Similarly, Tim represents clients in probate, trust, and tax contests and litigation.

Tim is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., 2001) and Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2007);  Estate Planning Certificate (2008); LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction (2009).

twhite@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4512


of counsel attorney

John Blakeslee

John has nearly 45 years of experience serving clients across Northwest Michigan.  For individuals, John handles all matters relating to estate planning including wills, trusts, and probate litigation.  In addition, he works with his clients on issues relating to succession planning, business and corporate law, and real estate law.  John is also a certified mediator for civil, domestic, and probate cases.

John is very active in the legal profession and the Traverse City community.  Throughout his career, he has served as a prosecuting attorney, founded a local Estate Planning Council, served as president of the local housing commission, and served in numerous leadership positions for local and statewide legal organizations.

John is a graduate of Western Michigan University (B.A., 1960) and University of Detroit (J.D., 1965).

jblakeslee@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4555


of counsel attorney

Steve Chambers

Stephen C. Chambers has more than five decades of experience serving clients in the areas of estate planning, probate law, real estate, oil and gas, municipal law, cooperatives, zoning and business transactions.

He and his wife, Carol, have three adult daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, swimming, tennis, and skiing.   He is a graduate of the University of Colorado (B.A. 1963) and the Kansas School of Law (J.D., 1966).

schambers@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4546


Staff

office manager

Kerry McFarlane.  Kerry wears many hats around the office--bookkeeping, marketing, management, and anything else that needs to be done.  She has worked in the legal field for her entire career.  Kerry has two adult daughters and lives in Leelanau County.

kmcfarlane@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4516

Paralegal

Stephanie Studzinski. Stephanie has been a paralegal for over 25 years, primarily supporting litigation practices in a wide variety of areas.  Clients appreciate her ability to be both thorough and efficient.  Stephanie lives in Traverse City with her husband and two children.

sstudzinski@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4530

Legal Assistants

Stacey BivonaA Long Island native, Stacey graduated from Michigan State University and then worked for a law firm in Manhattan before moving to Michigan in 2004.  She assists attorneys and clients with estate planning documents, litigation support, and many other transactions.  She lives on Old Mission Peninsula with her husband and two rescue dogs.

sbivona@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4508

Betsy BunnBetsy is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training.  After working in Philadelphia and Washington DC, Betsy moved back to Traverse City, where she spent 15 years working for 2 local banks as a Senior Recordkeeper and Assistant Vice President of Retirement Plan Services.  Betsy returned to the legal field 9 years ago and works with attorneys in the areas of estate planning, real estate and other transactional matters.

bbunn@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4524

Jennifer Stratton.  Jennifer is a Traverse City native and a graduate of Traverse City High School.  She has been a legal assistant for 15 years, in firms in Traverse City and Texas.  She has expertise in assisting litigation, bankruptcy, and a variety of transaction matters. 

jstratton@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4536

Receptionist

Kathleen HarriganKathy has been working in the legal field for 39 years.  She is a Traverse City native who enjoys the four seasons this area offers, spending time outdoors, and being active with her husband and four grandchildren.

kharrigan@parkerharvey.com; (231) 486-4559