Ronald J. DeGraw

Ronald J. DeGraw

Ron graduated from Hope College in Holland Michigan with a degree in Economics and Business Administration and received his law degree from the University of Michigan. A native of St. Joseph Michigan, Ron started practicing law with Lewis Schroeder and Joseph Schroeder in 1959.

Ron has always enjoyed a challenge whether it be large or small. His practice extends to several areas of the law, but he primarily works in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business matters, litigation, health care, real estate, taxation, condemnation, and contract law.

Examples of Ron’s representative experience include:

  • Federal estate tax discounts between 30 and 44 percent for estates exceeding 20 Million Dollars
  • Condemnation actions including highway, pipeline and electric line right of ways. This included over six miles of I-69 highway right of way, resulting in what were then the two largest condemnation awards in Calhoun County.
  • Establishing and advising small businesses and nonprofit corporations
  • Authoring one of the first City-Township Master Agreements for Development under Section 425 of the Public Acts of 1984 (city and township “425 agreements”) and incorporating a joint city-township planning commission.
  • Assisting families with trust, probate, Medicaid, tax, and business succession matters.
  • Representing land owners in the negotiation of oil and gas leases and the sale of mineral rights and underground storage rights.
  • Negotiating the sale and merger of corporations and other business entities.

Ron is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, Calhoun County Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan and the United States Tax Court.

Ron has always been active in his community. Many of his, and his wife Jayne’s, contributions have been behind the scenes or passed without recognition at their choosing. Among his many successful challenges are leading the campaign to prevent the closure of Oaklawn Hospital which is now Marshall’s largest employer, co-chair of the fund raising group that built the Marshall High School Football Stadium, chairing successful Marshall Public School millage campaigns, and his guidance in creating the Cronin Foundation a private foundation that now has assets of over Ten Million Dollars.

Millard N. Mayhall

Millard N. Mayhall

Bill Mayhall graduated from Michigan State University in 1974 with a degree in economics. He received his law degree from Wayne State University in 1977. Bill’s practice focuses primarily on representing individuals and families who suffer serious personal injuries. This includes representation of those injured in motor vehicle accidents, persons injured by toxic substances such as exposure to oil or exposure to toxic substances in food and persons injured by dangerous or defective products. Cases that are accepted are generally handled on a contingency fee basis meaning there are no legal fees charged unless a recovery is received for the client.

Bill is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the Calhoun County Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in all State Courts in the State of Michigan and in federal courts in the Western and Eastern Districts for the State of Michigan.

David J. DeGraw

David J. DeGraw

David is a Marshall native who graduated in 1981 from Hope College in Holland Michigan with a degree in economics and in 1984 from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Juris Doctorate.

Like members of many small firms, David’s practice extends to several areas of the law, but he primarily works in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardian and conservatorship matters, health care, real estate, business, tax, condemnation, and contract law.

Examples of David’s representative experience include:

  • Corporate compliance attorney
  • Assisting professional and non-professional fiduciaries with planning, administering and litigating trust, conservatorship, and estate matters
  • Establishing and operating small businesses and nonprofit corporations
  • Assisting families with trust, probate, Medicaid, tax, and business succession matters.

David is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, Calhoun County Bar Association, Calhoun County Estate Planners Council, and is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan, United States District Court for Western Michigan, United States District Court for Eastern Michigan, and the United States Tax Court. David holds 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.

David has provided pro bono services for several local churches, social organizations, community projects, work groups, and events; his membership has and does include several local organizations such as the Marshall Area Development Alliance, Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services, Homer Education Foundation, Marshall Lions Club, Marshall School Board of Education, First Presbyterian Church of Marshall, Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall Junior Football League, Marshall United Way, Marshall Junior Baseball League, Boy Scout Troop 337, Marshall Zoning Board of Appeals, and Kellogg Community College Paralegal Advisory Board. David is a member of the community board of directors for Chemical Bank. Occasionally, the local paper will print articles David has written on timely legal issues affecting people.

Lisa A. McNiff

Lisa A. McNiff

Lisa McNiff assists clients primarily in family law matters. She also practices in the areas of municipal law and domestic mediation. She received her J.D. from Wayne State University, cum laude, in 1995 and her B.A. from Yale University in 1987. She was admitted to practice law in Michigan in 1995.

Lisa is a member of the Calhoun County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Calhoun County Friend of the Court Committee, the Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

Lisa has received her Certificate of Completion for the Family Law Certificate Program, sponsored by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Michigan. Lisa was the 2012-2013 Calhoun County Bar President.