Donald C. Wheaton, Jr.

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in St. Clair Shores, MI

Donald C. Wheaton Jr. PC
 | 22811 Greater Mack Avenue, Suite 111
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
Phone: 586-551-7685
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (60%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%),
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Donald C. Wheaton, Jr., is a solo litigation attorney in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Mr. Wheaton represents clients throughout the metropolitan Detroit area, handling cases in family law, bankruptcy, criminal law, DUI/DWI, driver’s license restoration, probate, and  estate planning/trusts and wills. 

    Mr. Wheaton has over 30 years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants, in both civil and criminal law. He is trained in collaborative divorce practice and is a certified domestic relations mediator. An established attorney within his region, he is the recipient of awards from the Macomb County Bar Association, Avvo.com, the Lawyers of Distinction, Marquis Who’s Who, and Pinnacle Who's Who. 

    Outside of managing his law practice, Mr. Wheaton enjoys staying involved in his legal community and is committed to professional development. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section Council, to which he presented at its Midsummer Conference in 2020, as well as the Chair of the LGBTQA Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He was a practicing contributor to Black’s Law Dictionary (9th Ed.), and has contributed articles to the Michigan Family Law Journal and the Macomb County Bar Association's Bar Briefs.

    Active in his community, Mr. Wheaton volunteers with the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows ("No kiddie without a Christmas") and has served on the Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education for 28 years. Over the years, he has volunteered and held various leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America and has received the Silver Beaver Award, the Bronze Pelican Award, and the Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow. An active Scout trainer, he also has served on five Wood Badge Staffs, including as Course Director. 

    Mr. Wheaton earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and sociology from Alma College, graduating with honors in both majors, and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He holds a license to practice law before all state and federal courts in Michigan.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Family Law
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%Criminal Defense
    • 10%Bankruptcy: Consumer
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Litigation, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Failure to Pay Child Support, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Probation, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Bankruptcy Law

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021

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    About Donald Wheaton, Jr.

    Admitted: 1989, Michigan

    Professional Webpage: http://lawyerhousecalls.com/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Selected by the youth of the Lodge for this prestigious honor as a recognition not of the service already performed, but for the service expected from you in the future, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow, Noquet Lodge of the Great Lakes Field Service Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2012
    • Awarded for Distinguished Service to Youth, Silver Beaver Award, Great Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2011
    • District Award of Merit, Boy Scouts of America, 2010

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Trained in Collaborative Divorce Practice, 2020
    • Certified in Domestic Relations Mediation/Mediator, 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Named a Pinnacle Professional Member of Continental Who's Who, 2020
    • Named a Top-Rated Lawyer by Avvo.com, 2017
    • Named in Who's Who In America / recognized by The Marquis Who's Who Publication Board, 2020
    • Named a Top-Rated Lawyer by Avvo.com, 2020
    • Named a Top-Rated Lawyer by Avvo.com, 2019
    • Named a Top-Rated Lawyer by Avvo.com, 2018
    • Named to America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys - Michigan, 2020
    • Named to Lawyers of Distinction, recognizing excellence in the area of Family and Divorce Law, 2018
    • Named to America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys - Michigan, 2019
    • Named to Lawyers of Distinction, recognizing excellence in the area of Family and Divorce Law, 2020
    • Named the "Member of the Month" of the Macomb County Bar Association, May 2019, 2019
    • Named to Lawyers of Distinction, recognizing excellence in the area of Family and Divorce Law, 2019
    • Elected to the Council of the Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, 2018
    • Elected to the State Bar of Michigan, LGBTQA Section Council, 2017
    • Named to the Executive Board of the LGBTQA Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan, 2018

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Serving continuously with the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows ("No Kiddie Without a Christmas") since 2003, 2020
    • Represented a woman in her divorce case, and spent nearly 40 hours of time getting to a consent judgment of divorce.
    • Served as the Course Director for Wood Badge C2-784-18-2, 2018
    • Serving as a Trustee of the Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education, 2020
    • Serving as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1490, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, since June 2014, 2014
    • Serving as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1490, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, since June 2014, 2020
    • Served as the District Chair of the Sunrise District, and on the Executive Board of the Great Lakes Field Service Council, Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2015
    • Served as the District Chair of the Sunrise District, and on the Executive Board of the Great Lakes Field Service Council, Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2016
    • Serving as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1490, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, since June 2014, 2019
    • Served as a Trustee of the Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education, 2015
    • Serving as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1490, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, since June 2014, 2018
    • Serving as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1490, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, since June 2014, 2017
    • Served as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1490, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, 2016
    • Serving as the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1490, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, since June 2014, 2015
    • Served and was Re-Elected as a Trustee of the Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education, 2016
    • Served as a Trustee of the Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education, 2017
    • Served as a Trustee of the Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education, 2018
    • Serving as a Trustee of the Lakeview Public Schools Board of Education, 2019

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    Representative Clients:

    • Bra-Vo Intimates: sued for Accountant Malpractice and successfully resolved the matter after one day of trial, 2020
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    22811 Greater Mack Avenue
    Suite 111
    St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

    Phone: 586-551-7685

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