Casey D. Conklin
Casey D. Conklin
Attorney

Born and raised in Mid-Michigan, Casey attended Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Advertising.  Casey worked for years in advertising, marketing, and business consultation before deciding to attend law school.

In 2013, Casey graduated Cum Laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School (now Western Michigan University Cooley Law School), with a concentration in Intellectual Property.  While attending law school, Casey worked on various consumer protection projects with the Attorney General of Michigan, as well as interning for an East Lansing based law firm.

In 2014, Casey was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan, and is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan, is admitted to practice in the Michigan Federal Court of the Western District, and has been admitted to practice in the Colorado Federal Court, as well as the United States Tax Court.  Since becoming licensed, Casey has been working as a solo practitioner in Michigan.  Casey has worked in a wide variety of areas including Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Copyright, Contracts, Tax Issues, Business Organization, Wills and Trusts, Bar Exam Appeals, Collections, Construction Law, and Compliance. Recently, Casey has received a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

 

Collin Nyeholt
Collin Nyeholt
Associate Attorney

Collin Nyeholt earned a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Michigan State University College of Law in May of 2010.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance, and a Associate of Applied Arts in Music.  Collin was admitted to the Bar on October 21, 2010.

Collin’s main concentration has been plaintiffs’ side litigation.  His primary areas of practice are civil rights, employment, and consumer and commercial litigation.  Collin has extensive experience litigating at the trial and appellate levels in both the state and federal courts against both private and public entities.  He boasts, among other accomplishments, a $350,000 trial judgment in a Title VII Retaliation case against the State of Michigan that was upheld in a published decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.   He has also written, appeared on, and argued numerous cases in the Sixth Circuit and the Michigan Court of Appeals.  He was a substantial contributor on a published decision that established State employees’ right to seek reinstatement to their positions if they are terminated for exercising intermittent FMLA leave in the Sixth Circuit.  And, he has written several articles and comments for various publications.

Collin is admitted to practice before the Michigan Bar, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. 

 

Robert L. Hood
Robert L. Hood
Of-Counsel Attorney

In Memoriam

Robert passed in July 2019.  Robert was a great attorney and friend. 

Robert was admitted to the Michigan Bar Association in 1967 and has practiced law providing services to business clients operating as corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies, professional corporations and professional limited liability companies. Mr. Hood also deals extensively with trade associations and tax-exempt entities and matters pertaining to various forms of taxation, security issues, insurance entities forms and alternatives. His experience in international business and tax matters includes advising on taxation of international transactions, advising US citizens working in foreign countries on taxation issues, assisting investors immigrants on US Visa investments issues.

Mr. Hood was a member of the adjunct faculty at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School from 1978 to 1985, teaching courses in accounting for lawyers and business planning. He regularly prepares materials for and lectures in various continuing education programs in his area of practice. Mr. Hood is a regular contributing columnist for a number of trade associations and business-oriented periodicals and has a number of speaking credits pertaining to business, taxation, tax-exempt organizations and succession planning issues. His is a Director of Conveivex, Inc. (Chair, Audit Committee). Mr. Hood is a seven time winner of the People’s Choice Award as “Best Attorney” voted by the readers of the Towne Courier and Ingham County News.

 

Ashley Prew
Ashley Prew
Of-Counsel Attorney

Ashley earned her Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law in 2013.  While in law school, Ashley completed the Trial Practice Institute program, participated in the International Moot Court program and nation-wide competition, and worked as a legal assistant at a private practice law firm.     

One of Ashley’s passions is assisting clients with the formation of business entities and personal asset protection through effective estate planning. She believes in the importance of educating clients and members of the community about legal matters that affect both their business and personal assets and affairs.  Ashley also represents clients in probate matters and complex probate, business, and real estate litigation.  Ashley’s practice areas include business law, estate planning and probate, intellectual property matters (trademarks, service marks, and copyrights), tax matters, collections, construction law, and real estate law.

Ashley has a passion for helping people through her work and community service. She is a member of the Howell Rotary Club and serves on the planning committee for Tour de Livingston.  Ashley is also a member of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

 

Joseph O'Connor
Joseph M. O'Connor
Of-Counsel Attorney

Joseph M. O’Connor was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1995.  After successful careers in law enforcement, and the U.S. Army Reserves, Mr. O’Connor now practices law relying extensively on the experience garnished in his previous careers.

Operating in an “Of-Counsel” position with the Law Offices of Casey D. Conklin, PLC, Mr. O’Connor brings a unique perspective to the Firm through his knowledge base of criminal laws, including firearms, personal protection orders (PPO), felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic laws, as he was responsible for implementing the PPO policies for the Michigan State Police, as well as investigating criminal matters and numerous fatal/injury traffic accidents while assigned to the State Police Detroit Post.

Mr. O’Connor works with families and individuals that have sustained disabilities and are seeking Social Security Disability Benefits, as well as Veterans seeking Military Disability Benefits as a Certified Attorney with the Veteran’s Administration.  Mr. O’Connor is well versed in Estate Planning Measures after handling the affairs of many clients, ensuring wishes and desires of the decedent are fulfilled upon his/her death through the proper use of documents including Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney for Healthcare/Financial Matters.

Mr. O’Connor is knowledgeable about Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant and Real Estate Matters having handled matters through the Appeals Process and drafting several types of documents including deeds on behalf of clients planning for life estates, marriages, divorces, and business arrangements. 

Academically, Mr. O’Connor obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Detroit, and his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Sociology and Military Science (ROTC) from Eastern Michigan University.  Mr. O’Connor has instructed courses in Paralegal Studies, Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, amongst other courses.  Mr. O’Connor is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and has taught ROTC courses at Michigan State University.

 

Cortney Gibson
Cortney Gibson
Of-Counsel Attorney

Cortney Gibson earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law school in 2009, where she earned the Raymond Burr Award for academic excellence and the Blue Book Award, both in Criminal Law. During her law school matriculation, Cortney was very active in community service and assisted in conducting seminars through her local church on “Street Law”; helping citizens to understand their rights under the law.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University, with a minor in Psychology.

Cortney has experience in several areas of law, beginning with estate planning through an internship at a boutique in Dearborn.  She has since completed a clerkship with the Department of Justice Health Care Fraud task force, clerked for a circuit court Judge, and worked in criminal law helping to defend clients in DUI and other misdemeanor cases.  Cortney’s practice areas include criminal law, family law, wills and trusts, healthcare law, and entertainment law, and is currently expanding to include personal injury and civil rights. 

Cortney is active in philanthropic service, and has a passion for aiding in the education and empowerment of marginalized and/or underserved communities.  She has been conducting free seminars through a community of churches, along with Hope Int., on various subjects of expertise including assisting with free expungements throughout Pontiac and Detroit.  She is also active in assisting the LGBTQ  community tackle the specific legal issues that often challenge this community through her work with  Affirmations and Center on Halsted, inc.  

 

Elizabeth Nault
Elizabeth Nault
Executive Legal Assistant

Elizabeth Nault is the firm’s Executive Legal Assistant / Office Manager. Ms. Nault’s legal experience includes over twenty five (25) years in various areas of law including criminal, civil, corporate, business, employment, bankruptcy, and medical malpractice. Ms. Nault is currently assisting Attorney Robert L. Hood in the areas of corporate, business and tax law and manages the office budget for Robert L. Hood, PLLC. Additionally, she supervises support staff, coordinates/monitors activities within the firm, provides backup for the receptionist position and assists other attorneys as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Anthony
Jason Anthony
Paralegal

Jason is a proud native of the South Lansing area. He has worked as a paralegal since the Summer of 2013; first for Fixel and Nyeholt Law Offices, and later for the Law Offices of Casey D. Conklin, PLC. During his time as a paralegal, Jason has supported attorneys working in the fields of employment, civil rights, and social security, but is currently expanding into other areas to further his professional capabilities.

Jason graduated with high honors (Summa Cum Laude) from Lansing Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business (majoring in Paralegal Studies). He also received an award for his argumentative writing skills and was consistently noted on both the Dean and Presidential Lists for Academic Excellence during his academic journey.