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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
Fax: 586-771-0735
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Michigan Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Family Law, Bankruptcy: Consumer, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning & Probate, General Litigation
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Donald C. Wheaton, Jr. is a litigator in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Don represents clients throughout the metropolitan Detroit area, handling matters in family law (divorce, custody, parenting time, support, guardianships, and conservatorships), criminal law, DUI/DWI, bankruptcy, driver’s license restoration, and probate. 

Don has more than 30 years' experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in both civil and criminal law. He is trained in collaborative divorce practice and is a trained domestic relations and civil litigation mediator. An established attorney within his region, he has received awards and acknowledgments from the Macomb County Bar Association, Avvo.com, the Lawyers of Distinction, Marquis Who’s Who, and Pinnacle Who's Who, in addition to his selection to SuperLawyers.

Outside his law practice, Don stays involved in his legal community and is committed to professional development. He is a Council Member of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, and he presented at the Section's Midsummer Conferences in 2020 and 2021. Don also is ending his term as the Chair of the LGBTQA Section of the State Bar of Michigan in October 2021. He was a practicing contributor to Black’s Law Dictionary (9th Ed.), and has contributed articles to the Michigan Family Law Journal, the Macomb County Bar Association's Bar Briefs, and the Michigan Defense Trial Council.

Active in his community, Don 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 a Course Director in 2018.

Don earned his 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 and holds a license to practice law before all state and federal courts in Michigan.

Don has established a reputation as pragmatic and resolution-oriented, but who is also a lawyer not afraid to try a case when required. He works with real people, with real problems -- and helps to solve them.

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

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Bankruptcy Law, 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, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Litigation

Selections

6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022

About Donald C. Wheaton, Jr.

First Admitted: 1989, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://lawyerhousecalls.com/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Represented a woman in her divorce case, and spent nearly 40 hours of time getting to a consent judgment of divorce.
  • Serving continuously with the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows ("No Kiddie Without a Christmas") since 2003, 2020
  • 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

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

Special Licenses/Certifications

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

Representative Clients

  • Bra-Vo Intimates: sued for Accountant Malpractice and successfully resolved the matter after one day of trial, 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
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Office Location for Donald C. Wheaton, Jr.

22811 Greater Mack Avenue
Suite 111
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

Phone: 586-551-7685

Fax: 586-771-0735

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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