Jeffrey L. Jocks

Reported Decisions

Jeff is a partner with the firm and practices environmental, natural resources, real estate, municipal, and zoning law.  He also designs creative estate plans which include trusts, wills and powers of attorney.  Jeff's clients include Michigan citizens, Michigan municipalities, and Michigan for profit and non-profit corporations.

Jeff's regular practice includes litigation in State and Federal Courts throughout Michigan.   He provides his municipal clients with advice on Michigan municipal, zoning, and road law, as well as  employment matters, special assessments, sewer and water, Open Meetings Act issues and Freedom of Information Act issues.   Jeff's experience with riparian, water law, and beach and dock disputes, as well as road and easement disputes, has earned him clients throughout Michigan.  His practice also includes residential and commercial real estate transactions, conservation easements, and oil and gas matters.

Jeff graduated summa cum laude and second in his class from Michigan State University College of Law.  He was also a member and officer of the Michigan State Law Review.  Jeff is currently the President of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is also member of the Grand Traverse Watershed Center Board of Directors.  He and his family live in Traverse City where they spend their time learning and playing in the Grand Traverse region's wonderful natural resources.

Jeff has published articles in property, municipal and constitutional law, and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.




Jeff has appeared as attorney or co-attorney of record in the following reported decisions:

Pine Bluffs Area Property Owners Association v Dewitt Landing and Dock Association,287 Mich App 690 (2010)

Dextrom v Wexford County,287 Mich App 406 (2010)

Houdek v Centerville Twp, 276 Mich App 568 (2007)

Anglers of the Au Sable, Inc v Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 283 Mich App 115, aff'm in part and rev'd in part 488 Mich 69; dismissed as moot on rehearing 489 Mich 884 (2011).


Kate Redman Discusses Crowd-Funding Rules in TC's Record-Eagle

“Investment crowdfunding has been leading the industry globally, but we should see a really startling growth in the U.S. once these new rules are effective,” said Kate Redman, attorney with Olson, Bzdok & Howard PC in Traverse City. Redman will offer training “labs” starting in May for businesses and nonprofits interested in investment crowdfunding. Contact her at for more information.

Traverse City Record-Eagle (01-24-16) 

The Traverse City law firms, Olson, Bzdok & Howard, P.C. and Sondee, Racine & Doren, PLC, are pleased to announce our formal affiliation as of January 1, 2016. Our firms will be working together closely to represent clients as a team, and provide our clients with a greater variety and depth of legal services.

Each firm will retain its own identity, but Sondee, Racine & Doren will be “of counsel” to Olson Bzdok & Howard. This means that all of our attorneys will have a close, continuous and regular professional relationship and that we all will work together for you.

Each firm will be maintaining its own office and staff, and all attorney contact information will remain the same.


Public Trust Framework Recommended for Great Lakes

The International Joint Commission (IJC) of the United States & Canada has issued a report recommending the application of a bi-national Public Trust framework to help fill regulatory gaps and guide decision-making that will ensure the protection of the long-term ecological integrity, economic stability, and the many public and private uses of the Great Lakes.

Firm founder Jim Olson has advocated for the active implementation of Public Trust principles in Great Lakes decision-making for decades, so this recommendation is both a welcome development, and a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations Jim!

Full Report (pdf): Protection of the Waters of the Great Lakes 

Kate Redman is one of TC's 40 under 40!

Kate Redman, Community Enterprise Attorney and Partner at Olson, Bzdok & Howard, has been selected as one of Traverse City's Most Influential Professionals under 40 for 2015. This is the second year in a row Kate has been selected by the TC Business News as part of TC's "40 under 40." Congrats Kate!

Sept. 1, 2015 

Partnership Announcement

Olson, Bzdok & Howard is pleased to announce that Ross A. Hammersley and Kate E. Redman became shareholders with the firm. Please take a look at their attorney profiles to learn more about these young legal trailblazers.

March 20, 2015