The Law Offices of
Casey D. Conklin, PLC
The Law Offices of Casey D. Conklin, PLC is comprised of an exceptionally talented team that are experienced in a wide variety of areas including, but not limited to, Business Law, Estate Planning, Employment Law, Family Law, and Civil Litigation. We are an expanding firm, and all are committed to providing superior quality legal representation to our clients.
Our goal is to be your trusted advisor who can help you make the very best personal, financial, and legal decisions for your family throughout your lifetime. We want to help you not just now, but also when you can't be there so that we can help guide your loved ones through a difficult process.
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, Copyright, Contracts, Tax Issues, Business Organization, Wills and Trusts, and Compliance. 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. Additionally, Casey is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor.
Casey D. Conklin
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.
Tom is a seasoned attorney at our firm, providing a wealth of experience and expertise protecting clients in tax law, estate planning, contracts, and agricultural law. He was previously involved in tax policy and tax appeals with the Michigan Department of Treasury, and he was an attorney with PricewaterhouseCoopers, putting to good use his understanding of both sides of the issues. Tom has been involved in defending taxpayers as an enrolled agent, which is licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.
Tom grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and received his bachelor’s degree from Oakland University School of Business Administration. From there, he went on to complete his Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law, where he was awarded prestigious Jurisprudence Awards in Basic Wills Drafting, Estate and Gift Taxation, and International Taxation and Treaties. He also completed a Master of Laws specializing in Eminent Domain from the University of Windsor.
Tom is a proud member of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Michigan. He is licensed to practice law before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the Supreme Court of Michigan. In addition, Thomas is a trained general civil mediator under the State Court Administrative Office, an administrative agency of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Tom is devoted to hard work and fighting for his clients.
Elizabeth Johnson is the firm’s Executive Legal Assistant / Office Manager. Mrs. Johnson’s legal experience includes over thirty (30) years in various areas of law including criminal, civil, corporate, business, employment, bankruptcy, and medical malpractice. Mrs. Johnson is currently assisting the firm in the areas of civil litigation, estate planning, corporate, business and tax law. Additionally, she supervises support staff, coordinates/monitors activities within the firm, provides backup for the receptionist position and assists other attorneys as needed.
Executive Legal Assistant
Emily is the firm's paralegal. She is currently a law student at WMU- Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Emily goes to school part-time which allows her to gain practical work experience in the legal field. Working with the firm's attorneys is a great opportunity for her to further her career goals while she is finishing her education.
Emily holds a Bachelor degree of Business Administration in Sport, Event, and Promotion Management. She has prior work experience as a legal assistant, but she has also worked in the education and sports fields. Emily has not yet determined the type of law she would like to practice. However, she is eager to learn from the attorneys at the Law Offices of Casey D. Conklin and be introduced to all of their practice areas during the remainder of her time in law school.
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
We are a full-service, estate planning law firm based in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan.
We believe estate planning is a process designed to improve the quality of life for your loved ones. Estate planning empowers you to control how your assets are used in the event of an illness as well as how your assets are to be passed onto future generations.
Our firm emphasizes the need for expanded client counseling and education on how your estate plan works and on what actions you need to take care of during your lifetime to assure that your estate plan performs in the manner you expect. The administration of your plan is as essential as the quality of the legal documents themselves.
This commitment to full service requires a higher level of client support than provided by most legal firms. Our estate plans are designed to succeed beyond what is common in today’s marketplace.
Brian Hilderley earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Detroit. He then earned his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 1999.
Brian is a native of Jackson, Michigan. He began his legal practice working in Jackson at the office of Robert Flack, representing clients in the Probate Court, both Circuit and District Courts for civil litigation, municipal and real estate matters and preparing personal estate planning. He was then employed by Collins, Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff in Southfield, Michigan, practicing in the area of toxic tort litigation. He then returned to Jackson to the law office of Parker & Adams, P.C. practicing in the areas of business/corporate law, real estate, civil litigation and estate planning, prior to starting his own practice. Brian joined the law office of Wilson & Brown, PLLC in 2006, and is now a founding member of Brown & Hilderley, PLLC.
Brian Hilderley continues to specialize in the areas of criminal matters, and family law. Brian works with clients on criminal defense, felonies and misdemeanors, drinking offenses, driving offenses, drivers license restoration, juvenile law, divorce, custody, child support, and visitation.
Ralph W. Carmichael
Ralph W. Carmichael has over 30 years of legal experience. Since 1989, he has encountered numerous issues in corporate, administrative, real estate, bankruptcy, restructuring and financial services law and regulations. As a litigator, his experience ranges from minor employment issues to complex financial transaction cases. He began his career on Wall Street over thirty years ago with Bear, Stearns, & Co., Inc. Mr. Carmichael also worked as an Associate at the oldest Wall Street law firm, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and clerked for Hon. John E. Sprizzo in the US District Court. Mr. Carmichael is a patent holder and has significant experience in intellectual property and entrepreneurial transactions. Also, Mr. Carmichael is a Associate Professor in Finance at Michigan State University. His industry expertise ranges from financial services to technology driven companies in the medical and aerospace industries. He is a member of the bar of the state of New York, District of Columbia, Michigan, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Carmichael received a J.D. degree from New York Law School in 1989 (where he was a Law Review Editor) and M.B.A. and B.A. degrees from Michigan State University in 1985.