Our Lawyers

Sean M. LilesSean M. Liles
Sean's primary focus has been in all aspects of litigation for the past 15 years. He has business litigation experience, including, but not limited to, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLC), formation, contracts, licensing issues, environmental matters, commercial real estate / business transactions, disolution, and litigation.

Sean also has experience in family law, divorce, custody, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and property settlements involving businesses with values in the millions.

Sean has success with personal injury matters involving no-fault auto insurance first and third party claims.

He is also a Member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys where he has been involved with Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcies as well as adversarial proceedings.

As typical, many bankruptcies involve mortgage modifications and foreclosures, which this firm handles.

Sean and his family live in Traverse City. Sean is also owner of the Traverse City Wolves, a semi-pro football team.

Of Counsel

Sara L. CaesarStephen J. Kane
Stephen J. Kane is a 1993 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and a 1990 graduate cum laude of Arizona State University. He is licensed by all state and federal courts in California to practice law. Mr. Kane has tried complex, multi-party litigation as well as simple lawsuits to successful jury verdict. He is also a proponent of utilizing alternative forms of dispute resolution - in addition to obtaining successful arbitration results, he has negotiated, both through formal mediation processes and informal negotiation, well in excess of $100 million worth of disputed claims.

Mr. Kane has authored articles on construction defect litigation and client concerns in hiring attorneys. He has taught classes on legal ethics and on legal writing, and is a member of a number of local chambers of commerce and bar associations.



Hiring an Attorney

The questions you should ask will vary with your case. Consider the following list to be a starting point:

  • What are your areas of specialization?
  • What is the cost of the intial consultation?
  • Have you handled cases like mine before? How many? What was the outcome?
  • Will you be the only attorney who works on the case? If not, who else will work on it?
  • How long will it take for this case to be resolved?
  • How much will my case cost? Can you take my case on a contingent fee basis?
  • Can I do some of the work on the case to keep the cost down?
  • Are there things I should do to improve my case, or to help you?
  • How will you keep me informed about the progress of my case?
  • If I contact your office with questions, how long will you take to return my call?
  • If you are unavailable or on vacation, who can I speak to about my case?
  • Can I reach you after hours, if I have an emergency?
  • How often do you go to trial?
  • If I am not happy with a settlement offer, and you want to settle, will you go to court anyway?
  • If I am happy with the offer, but you think we can win more at trial, will you follow my wishes?
  • Have you ever been disciplined by an ethics committee, or been suspended from the practice of law? If so, why?
  • What "continuing legal education" courses have you attended during the past few years?

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