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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It’s a huge utility bill that one homeowner says is all wet: a water bill that can’t be real, but is.
A Detroit entrepreneur, and convicted felon, is doing his part to educate the public about the need for health insurance.
A Wayne State professor was scheduled to speak at a Catholic college about gay marriage but then suddenly was asked not to speak.
By midnight tonight, the federal government may be out of business — at least temporarily. If that happens, what would it mean for local governments?
It’s your chance to be a part of the music video for a love song for Detroit.
He said non-payment of taxes has become a kind of culture in Detroit.
One person will have the say as to whether there was criminal activity over the $91 million cost overrun of the Wayne County Jail.
“We don’t trust the consultants they’ve engaged,” an ACLU spokesman said.
Detroit Institute of Arts Director Graham Beals says there are false comparisons being made between the museum and pensioners.
“Detroiters are not dumb; Detroiters are not lazy. Detroiters work very hard,” says Saunteel Jenkins.
An outlandish idea is gaining some interest now that Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 protection.
A New York auction house could be interested in putting the DIA’s art collection on the block.
“I think it’s despicable… and I think every Detroit resident will also find that this action is despicable,” said Richard Mack, Jr., an attorney for AFSCME Council 25.
Reprimanded by the judge, Joe Gentz swiftly changed his mind and was returned to prison.
The survey concluded that just 15 percent believe white Americans are more racist.
Why is the city of Detroit, which is on the brink of bankruptcy, paying lawyers nearly $1,000 an hour?
The public is welcome to drive by to check out the display …
“Anyone looking to prove the state has taken over the city, now has 225,000 reasons,” Langton said.
The attorney for a mother who claims embattled Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh had an inappropriate relationship with her teenage son says the case is strikingly similar to that of convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky.
Major reforms are in the works for Detroit’s 36th District Court after a recent report found the system is $4.5 million over budget and has failed to collect over $280 million in fines.
I seem to recall from history class that presidents of the U.S. were restricted to serving only two terms.
Is it a crime to post pictures of your ex online? What about naked pictures?
WWJ’s Charlie Langton got a chance to talk to Jeb Bush, ahead of his keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference.
Some local parishioners are upset about a Catholic solicitation in honor of a priest who is currently being investigated by the FBI for allegedly stealing over $400,000 from a Troy church.
Many say these middle schoolers are too young to be thrown into these dangerous situations,” said WWJ legal analyst Charlie Langton.
“If I collected from every dead person, I don’t think we’d put a number on that because those people, most often, have more than one ticket,” said Chief Judge Kenneth King.
The morning-after pill will now be available to girls as young as 15, and it’ll be placed on store shelves instead of behind the pharmacy counter. But do these new regulations conflict with Michigan law?
Anthony Gerard Ciccone, better known as Madonna’s older brother, is in trouble with the law once again. Ciccone’s most recent brush with the law came last night in a bar in his hometown of Traverse City.
“How much do you think he makes?” That question could come out of dirty corners around the office watercooler and get out in the sunshine if Michigan women’s groups have their way.
“Essentially, Michigan loves fat people,” Langton said.