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Mr. Whims has been practicing law for 35 years.  He has tried hundreds of cases in both criminal and civil law courts.  In the civil realm Mr. Whims has tried construction matters involving dozens of parties and hundreds of claims, family law matters, and catastrophic personal injury cases.  In the criminal realm, Mr. Whims has tried homicides of nearly every nature, gang shootings, drug cases and a host of other charges.

As the founding attorney, Robert has established his practice as a client-centered law firm, dedicated to advocacy for clients in the following areas:

  • Construction Litigation

  • Criminal Defense

  • Business Law

  • Real Estate

  • Appeals to both the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court

  • Family Law

  • Mediation


Robert graduated from the University of Michigan in 1984, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BBA), focused in finance and marketing. He then obtained his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in Southern California, receiving a J.D. in 1988.

Afterwards, he served as a deputy district attorney in Orange and San Diego Counties for a decade. 

Mr. Whims also served on the Board of Directors for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan from 2005 to 2012, as well as the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIAOWIA) from 2018 to 2022.  MIAOWIA is an organization responsible for training hundreds of Michigan’s criminal defense attorneys on the ever-evolving science and law regarding what are commonly called “drunk driving” cases. Additionally, Mr. Whims continues to present continuing education to the State’s criminal lawyers at various times and on various topics and has also been a featured speaker giving criminal law updates to the State of Michigan’s district court judges at their annual meetings.

Mr. Whims has been a licensed residential building contractor since 1998.  From 2006 to 2011 Mr. Whims was on the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association – Grand Traverse Area (the HBA-GTA).  He was President of that organization in the year 2010.  Mr. Whims also presents the continuing education to builders so that they maintain their contractor’s license. 

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