We have successfully won 100’s of trials throughout the northern Michigan court system.

We represent clients in Petoskey, Cheboygan, Gaylord, Emmet County, Charlevoix County, Otsego County, Cheboygan County and the Eastern Upper Peninsula.


Attorney at Law

I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy, most notably serving on the USS IOWA (BB-61) from 1987-89.

After being honorably discharged from the US Navy, I attended U of M Flint where I received my BA in Economics. I attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI where I received my Juris Doctorate. I moved to Petoskey in May of 2000 to start my own law practice. I have always been fascinated by law, as it is always changing. The thought that one person could change the course of someone’s life through the practice of law intrigues me.

I have taught pre-law and criminal justice classes at North Central Michigan College as well as I have taught the concealed pistols class for Harbor Springs Outdoor Club for the last 17 years.

I am a member of the Criminal Defense Attorney of Michigan, Michigan State Bar, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as the former President of the Charlevoix/Emmet Bar Association.

I am actively working on establishing a veterans court in Northern Michigan.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, riding my motorcycle, working on an occasional round of golf and traveling with my wife Monica.


Legal Assistant

Patty is a paralegal in the area of Criminal and Family Law and brings more than 24 years of experience. Patty has experience in all aspects of the criminal and family litigation process including drafting pleadings, research, instructing experts/investigators and assisting the attorneys with litigation readiness. She plays an integral role in the intake of new cases and works closely with each and every client. Patty is aware of the status of each case and remains involved with all clients each step of the way throughout the process. She plays an essential role which enables this law firm to represent all clients at the highest level of professionalism with a great deal of success.

Patty first joined Klawuhn Law Firm as a paralegal in 2009.
• Attended Northern Central Michigan College
• Certified as a Legal Secretary in 1996
• Certified in Family and Criminal Law in 1998

In her personal time, Patty enjoys anytime spent outdoors, but especially gardening, camping and fishing. She is happiest spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.


Executive Assistant

Keisha is a highly organized executive assistant with years of experience in staff and office management, event coordination, and is technologically savvy. Keisha is responsible for assisting our attorney and paralegal. She handles many of the administrative tasks such as answering phones, scheduling court dates, billing clients, and assisting with trial preparation.

Keisha joined Klawuhn Law Firm in 2013. She received her BA from Alma College and her MA from Central Michigan University.

In her personal time she enjoys exercising, reading, boating, and spending time with her family and friends.


Visiting an attorney’s office can be stressful and intimidating. The team at the Klawuhn Law Firm will make sure your experience will be friendly, enjoyable and respectable.