Eric R. Schroeder

Eric R. Schroeder

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Eric R. Schroeder has a unique background and has expertise in several areas of the law and nearly six years of criminal and civil litigation experience.

Eric graduated magna cum laude from Albion College and magna cum laude in Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in law school, he served as Secretary and later President of his law fraternity, Delta Theta Phi. Additionally, he possesses Master’s Degrees in Insurance Law and a Master’s in Public Administration.

While in law school, Eric worked at the WMU-Cooley Innocence Project as an intern and was later promoted to staff attorney at this well-respected project. During his time in the project, he gained an advanced understanding of DNA-testing and other forms of forensic analysis. As a result of his efforts with the Project, he helped exonerate two clients who spent a total of 49 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Eric also successfully obtained post-conviction DNA testing for two other clients.

Eric also served the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office as an intern where he represented clients charged with misdemeanor offenses in the 14-C District Court.

Eric has gone on to practice in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, and family law. His first criminal jury trial in the Jackson County District Court resulted in an acquittal. Eric helped other clients get their criminal charges dismissed or drastically reduced.

While working for an insurance defense firm, Eric successfully researched, drafted, and argued motions for summary disposition across the State that resulted in all claims being dismissed against his clients. He now wishes to use the tricks he learned from the insurance companies to help injured people get the justice they deserve.

Eric has been successful in helping clients resolve their divorce and other domestic relations matters. For the year prior to joining the Nichols law firm, he served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Janice Cunningham in the Eaton County Circuit Court; Judge Cunningham is recognized statewide as an expert in family law.

Eric likes to spend time with his wife, Erin, a lawyer with the Ingham County Public Defenders Office, their son, Phillip and their two cats. He also collects political campaign items and is a member of a local Toastmasters Club.

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

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