OFFICE OF STUART R. SHAFER, P.C.


1223 Turner St., Suite 333
Lansing, MI 48906
Office: 517.487.6603; Fax: 517.487.6604
E-Mail: stu@StuShafer.com
URL: www.stushafer.com

BAR AFFILIATIONS:

Admitted State Bar of Texas, May, 1975.

Admitted State Bar of Michigan, October, 1975.

BAR ADMISSIONS:

United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Western District of New York, and all Michigan Courts.

EDUCATION:

St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. J.D., December 1974. Phi Delta Phi, Honor Fraternity.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. M.A. (Curriculum Development), August 1971.

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. B.S. (Secondary Education), December 1970.

RATING

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell / Strathmore Who’s Who / Super Lawyers

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:


19731975

Legal Aid Association of Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas. Law clerk while attending law school. Domestic relations, Immigration, Estate, Tort Defense, and Bankruptcy.

19751987

Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, Lansing, Michigan. Chief Attorney, Priority Prosecution Unit (PPU). Investigate and prosecute murder, drug, fraud, political corruption, habitual offender, and other priority cases. Supervision and training of attorneys in screening, investigation, pre-trial, trial, and disposition of criminal cases.

19871995

Reid and Reid Law Firm, Lansing, Michigan. Partner, February, 1988. Divorce and Family Litigation and Mediation. Drunk Driving. Federal and State Criminal Defense, Commercial and Corporate Litigation.

1995 – Present

Stuart R. Shafer, P.C: President. Divorce and Family Litigation and Mediation. Drunk Driving. Federal and State Criminal Defense, Commercial and Corporate Litigation.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:


  • 2017

    Ted Swift Civility Award: Awarded by the Ingham County Bar Association.

  • 2014

    Michigan State University College of Law Professionalism in Action Program. Presenter for Professionalism Workshop for new students.

    2014

  • 2011

    Ingham County Bar Association Bench Bar Committee. Appointed by Bar President to Committee.

  • 2009 - 2016

    Thomas M. Cooley Law School Professionalism in Action Program. Presenter for Professionalism Workshop for new students.

    2009 - 2016

  • 2009 – 2010

    Executive Clemency Advisory Counsel. Appointed by Governor to 7 member counsel, which reviews and makes recommendations to the Parole Board and the Governor regarding applications for clemency and pardons.

  • 2008

    Election Watch: Review ballots for validity issues during November election.

    2008

  • 2005

    American Inns of Court / Thomas M. Cooley Chapter. Executive Board (2007 – ) President (2008 – ).

  • 2001

    Lake Geneva Property Owners Association. Board of Directors (2001-).
    President (2002 – 2008).

    2001

  • 1989 – 1994

    Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Adjunct Professor, “Lawyering Before Trial” and “Texas Civil Procedure.” Judge in “Trial Workshop” program. Presenter for Professionalism Workshop.

  • 1991

    National Business Institute, Inc. Faculty for Seminar, “Administration of the Estate in Michigan,” in the area of “Litigation and Probate.”

    1991

  • 1982 – 1988

    Capitol Area Substance Abuse Commission. Past Chair (1984-1986). Supervise and coordinate funding and programming of substance abuse programs in four county area.

  • 1984 – 1987

    East Lansing Child Abuse Task Force. Coordinate program and community resources.

    1984 – 1987

  • 1975 – Guest Lecturer

    Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan, American College of Emergency Room Physicians, Michigan State Police Training Academy, Lansing Community College, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan State University, The Listening Ear, Michigan State University Rape Crisis Center, Council Against Domestic Assault, Scouts, and numerous other business and educational organizations.

Practice Areas


  • Click for information regarding divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, property division, domestic partnership agreements / separation, personal protection orders, and domestic assault

Our Location


  • Address: 1223 Turner St #333
    Lansing, MI 48906

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People come to me when they have problems. My job is to help people solve their problems, and I have been doing that for over 45 years (since 1975). I began practicing law in 1975 when I became an assistant prosecutor for Ingham County. While there, I was the Chief Attorney for the Priority Prosecution Unit.

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