My real job is an attorney. I have been practicing law for nearly 25 years, have my own law firm, and have tried many cases in multiple areas of law. Some people might call me an ambulance chaser, as I handle a lot of car accidents, workers’ compensation cases, slips and falls and dog bites. Basically when somebody gets injured, that’s when they call me. I have also represented many criminal cases and actually find the criminal cases to be more interesting than the civil cases. Criminals just have so many more stories to tell.
The law has always been a part of my family. My father was an attorney until his retirement about 15 years ago. I remember, as a little kid, watching him spread out an entire file after dinner, going over the legal issues or arguing with him about the facts of the case. Obviously, joining the debate team at Notre Dame High School seemed to be a natural for me. It wasn’t until college that I slightly changed my interests.
I was a theater major at Kalamazoo College. I won the Best Supporting Actor award for my role as the dirty old man in William Inge’s play, “Picnic.” It obviously took a lot of hard work to portray that role. After graduating from the Detroit College of Law, I wanted to combine my legal training with my performing interests. When I was asked to host the Macomb County Bar Association’s cable television program, I knew I was up to the challenge. I had the opportunity to get one-on-one interviews with people like Rosa Parks, Johnnie Cochran, Charlton Heston, and even Barney the Dinosaur. I wanted to make broadcasting more than just a hobby. So, after ten years of practicing law, I enrolled at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.
After graduating number one in my Specs class, I was offered a job at WYUR-AM 1310 hosting a political-legal talk show from noon to one, Monday through Friday. Although the ratings were pretty good, the station eventually folded. I then went to WXYT-AM 1270 where I hosted a talk show Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 at night until the station flipped formats. It was at that time I knew that a career in broadcasting was definitely in my blood.
I have enjoyed some success in broadcasting. I won four Emmys and three Wade McCree Jr. awards for excellence in legal journalism presented by the State Bar of Michigan. I have been honored by the Macomb County Bar Association for outstanding service and have been asked to speak at various legal and charitable events, as well as moderate numerous political debates.
What you may not know about me is that I helped designed the Michigan quarter, am a big collector of Michigan art, a huge Beatles fan, attended the Detroit Tigers fantasy camp and can’t get enough of chocolate milkshakes! I am also honored to serve as a trustee at the Michigan State University College of Law.
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Attention for those who owe child support in Macomb County — you could be getting a visit from the Sheriff.
Jonathan Pommerville lives in Brightmoor on Detroit’s nortwest side. Some say it’s one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. With a cell phone camera and the volunteers of Northwest Brightmoor Renaissance he hopes to clean up his street.
“Whoever did this, which is stupid… Like, guys, wake up!”
One Michigan lawmaker says he has a “Plan B” to fix Michigan’s roads that does not involve a tax increase.
The fire broke out at the Brittany Park Apartments early Monday morning.
The price of gas is lower than it has been in about five years in metro Detroit.
“Essentially they showed up in a timely fashion and saved the guy’s life today.”
Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed is once again facing sexual assault charges.
The beating left Utash in the hospital for six weeks, suffering from severe head injuries.
“You know, it’s a lot of weight to support like…in that area.”
“I think that will send a strong message that that’s something that we can’t tolerate.”
This husband and wife team from Rochester Hills have discovered a whole new live together, thanks to garbage.
While collection days will stay the same, city contractors will be handling duties in neighborhoods in southwest Detroit and east of Woodward Avenue.
WWJ’s Charlie Langton is at the Max M. Fisher Theater on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit where people are already waiting in line for tickets.
The I-96 headaches have only just begun. The ripple effects will be felt on other freeways too, with people finding new alternate routes to work.
The city of Detroit is beginning to install cameras on 50 buses in an effort to halt the reports of violence.
Charlie Langton toured NAIAS 2014 to learn more about the guests and employees of the various companies attending the show. Learn about everyone from a self-proclaimed “Lady Stingray” to a vehicle detailing staffer to a purveyor of sweets.
“We are making life a littler easier on the lawyers, there isn’t this wandering about the building trying to find their case, find the judge. Assignments are much clearer. We have simplified things in terms of jury service.”
Over 500 lawsuits filed against the City of Detroit could be settled, or at least moved forward, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes holds a hearing to discuss progress on those lawsuits.
Thinking about having a holiday party?
Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird … it’s a plane … no, it’s a drone! Because of drones, are we losing our privacy? Should Michigan become a no-drone zone?
Relatives of a Southfield man missing since October are searching for answers after police find his abandoned car, but no clues as to why he vanished.
The charges just keep piling up for the Oakland County cancer doctor accused of giving chemotherapy to patients who didn’t need it.
The woman was flying home from Abu Dhabi when she reached into the seatback pocket in front of her and got the scare of her life.
Plasma donation has become a popular side business for some in Metro Detroit — especially during the holidays.
Wayne State University is experimenting with dogs and that’s not sitting well with a group of doctors who plan to file a lawsuit.
St. Clair Shores police say they don’t know why the Grosse Pointe Farms resident crashed into the Mercedes.
It took the U.S. Army 40 years, but the family of a veteran, killed in Vietnam, is finally receiving a special honor, and they have a local high school alumni president to thank for it.
I’m also thrilled that I’ve received a few phone calls from Jay, attended a taping of his show, met with him in Windsor, and had a tour of his fabulous car collection in Burbank.”
Nico Gatzaros, owner of the London Chop House and Fishbones, wants to dig a hole in the Brightmoor area of Detroit and allow people to dump there for free.