SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:
An accomplished trial advocate in hundreds of criminal trials and assorted civil matters.
Successfully supervised attorney staffs in both traditional and virtual office settings.
Experienced in recruiting and training professional staffs to achieve firm goals in government and civilian settings.
Dynamic and energetic about professional growth and development
Major: B.A. History: Concentrations in
United States ,
and Eastern European History. Minor Political Science,
, Ml, August 1969.
, Ml, May 1972. Federal Appellate Intern-Spring Semester, 1972-Researched, drafted brief, and prepared Professor presenter on successful criminal appeal to United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hightower v. United States
Michigan Prosecuting Attorney Summer 1971.
Governmental intern-served as assistant legal counsel to Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority (SEMTA),
Resident Partner IMHOFF & ASSOCIATES, P.C. (Formerly the Cochran Law Firm, & MILLER & ASSOCIATES, P.C.) March 2003 to present. Represent clients of the firm in the State and Federal Courts in the states of
South Dakota and
Eastern Regional Director of Attorneys, MILLER & ASSOC, P.C. Santa Monica, CA, May 2000 to February 2003 .Recruit, train and manage a network of over 100 criminal defense attorneys in all states east of the Mississippi River.
Assign cases retained by the nation's largest criminal defense firm with fees in excess of $5 million annually in the Eastern region. Supervise the representation of clients through a real time monitoring program.
Conduct quarterly training programs for staff attorneys. Review and facilitate client issues and refund procedures.
Midwest Regional Director of attorneys, MILLER & ASSOC., P.C.
Farmington Hills ,
, May 2000 to August 2001. Managed an attorney network in the states of
Illinois , and
Conducted quarterly training programs and developed effective virtual supervisory program for large criminal defense firm headquartered in
Santa Monica ,
I ndependent Contract Criminal Defense Attorney, MILLER & ASSOC., P.C. Farmington Hills, MI, July 1999 to May 2006. Represented retained clients of firm in courts of
Southeast Michigan .
Sole Practitioner, Mitchell H. Nelson, attorney at law.
, October 1998 to May 2000. Trial practice specializing in criminal defense.
President, Nelson Law Offices, P.C., Grand Haven, Ml, June 1979 to October1998. Founded a Criminal Law Firm which successfully represented clients in both State and Federal Courts of Michigan in area from Ludington on the North,
Lansing on the East, and
on the South.
Chief Assistant Public Defender, Washtenaw County Public Defender, Ann Arbor, Ml, September 1988 to May 1989. Supervised attorney staff of 12 full time attorneys, part time clerks, and student interns. Scheduled case assignments for attorney staff, developed computer budget analysis system to aid Chief Public Defender in budget presentations to
. Facilitated training and update programs for weekly staff meetings Chief trial attorney-handled cases with most severe penalty potential and greatest notoriety in community.
Senior Assistant Public Defender,
, Ml, January 1980 to August 1980. Supervised Felony Trial Attorneys for the Washtenaw County Public Defenders Office in the representation of indigent defendants.
Assistant Public Defender, Washtenaw County Public Defender, Ann Arbor, Ml, October 1979 to May 1980. Assisted Washtenaw County Public Defender in representation of indigent criminal defendants in state courts of
Partner, Sallade, Schwartz and Nelson.
Ann Arbor , Mi and
, Ml, January 1973 to September 1979. Partner in General Practice of Law in
with emphasis on criminal defense
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys of
State Bar of
United States District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Court of Claims
Supreme Court, January 19, 1991
RECENT REPRESENTATIVE CASES:
Not Guilty - Detroit Federal Court Client accused of conspiring to import 3 tons of Hashish in Pickled Mango shipment from India.
Not Guilty in Grand Rapids Circuit Court client accused of molesting three teenagers during course of a pizza delivery
Not Guilty - Client Shelby Township District Court client accused of domestic violence during visitation with his daughter