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Scott Graham

30+ years of experience


AV Rated®

Licensed to practice in:



United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois

United States Court of Claims

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuits 

United States Supreme Court


Offices located in Portage, MI

Grand Rapids, MI

Chicago, IL

J.D. from John Marshall Law School

Former Staff Attorney for the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender

Former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois (1983-1988)

Former Partner with Gemrich, Moser, Bowser & Graham

Former Shareholder at Howard & Howard, P.C.

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Clare Freeman

Ave Maria School of Law, J.D., 2006

Magna Cum Laude

Top 10% of Class

Senior Editor, Ave Maria Law Review

Licensed to practice in:

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

State of New Mexico

Offices in

Portage, MI

Grand Rapids, MI

La Porte, TX (Houston metro)

Clare spent over eight years with the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Michigan (Grand Rapids) as a Research and Writing Attorney before starting her own practice and legal-research firm. Colleagues have sought her research and writing skills, hiring her to draft their motions, sentencing memos, appellate briefs, and Supreme Court petitions. She joined her colleague Scott Graham in 2019. 


Alternative Methods for Sentencing Youthful Offenders: Using Traditional Tribal Methods as a Model, Ave Maria Law Review, Volume IV, Issue 1, Winter 2006

Mindfulness: Increase Professional Satisfaction, Decrease Stress, and Renew the Dynamism of Your Practice with Simple Exercises and Focused Perspective, Idaho State Bar's Advocate, Volume 59, Issues 3-4, March-April 2016 

Clare has taught legal-education seminars for various bar associations, including Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), the CJA panels for the Western and Eastern districts of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the Legal Aid Association of California, the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Idaho Women Lawyers, the state bars of New Mexico and California, and the Federal Bar Association.

Beth Smeal


Beth will work with you to keep you fully informed about your case, scheduling, and filings.

Research Support

Research Assistance

Scott uses research support to stay on top of the latest legal developments. He and Clare use the most sophisticated software and resources available to stay abreast of case-law developments and execute the research necessary to fully work every case. 



Scott employs top West Michigan investigators to fully work your case.


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1911 West Centre Ave.

Suite C

Portage, MI 49024-5399

Phone: 269.327.0585 
Fax: 269.327.0811

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