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Michael Brenton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Traverse City, MI

Conklin Benham P.C.
815 Business Park Dr, Suite B
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: (231) 947-4300
Fax: (231) 947-3924
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Michigan Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation: Employer/Insurance
Attorney Profile

Prior to joining Conklin Benham, Mike Brenton was President and founding shareholder of Brenton Law Group P.C. He has a long and successful history defending workers’ compensation claims throughout Michigan, representing insurance carriers, third-party administrators, self-insured employers, and self-insured funds. He has also represented the State of Michigan and State Funds as a Special Assistant Attorney General since 1994.

Mr. Brenton completed his bachelor’s degree with high honors from Michigan State University and went on to earn his J.D from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Mr. Brenton is a member and past chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan, Workers’ Compensation section. He is a certified Civil Mediator, completing ICLE Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution training, and has served as an adjunct member of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.  He is an active member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, where he currently serves as a committee member on the Health and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Brenton previously served as the Michigan workers’ compensation liaison for the Defense Research Institute.

Mr. Brenton has received numerous professional and peer nominations supporting his commitment as a workers’ compensation attorney, including Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News Best Law Firms in America, Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory–AV Rated, Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, and Michigan Super Lawyers.

His passion for the Michigan wine industry was recognized in 2014 when he was appointed by Governor Snyder to be one of the two public representatives on the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, where he served two terms advocating for the development of the Michigan wine industry. He is a co-owner of a Northern Michigan winery, and for several years, was also the wine columnist for Lansing City Pulse Magazine.

About Michael Brenton

First Admitted: 1976, Michigan

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past Chairperson, Workers' Compensation Section, State Bar of Michigan.   Special Assistant Attorney General


Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Civil Mediator, 2013

Educational Background

  • Michigan State University, Honors College,  Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with High Honors, 1973

Industry Groups

  • Construction.
  • Food Service
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Staffing
  • Trucking
  • Waste Management
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Office Location for Michael Brenton

815 Business Park Dr
Suite B
Traverse City, MI 49686

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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