Lawyers in the Public Interest

According to cliché, there are two kinds of lawyers.

The kind people make jokes about. And the kind they make movies about.

Lawyers who sell their services to the powerful. And lawyers who fight the powerful on behalf of ordinary people.

Abraham Lincoln (himself a lawyer) defined democracy as government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Yet, even in a democracy, powerful organizations can act contrary to the interests of individuals or communities. Which is why, for over 40 years, we have been a public interest law firm.

We believe clean air, clean water, the existence of wilderness, and the preservation of family farms are in the public interest.

We believe standing up for individual rights is in the public interest.

We believe supporting local government, and holding it accountable, are in the public interest.

When you work for your ideals you work harder.

We’ve been working for ours since 1972. 


Retiring after 28 years!

Ruth Ann Liebziet is retiring on July 2, 2015, after 28 years with our firm, supporting our office and clients. We couldn't have gotten where we are today without her help. We are grateful for her time and the memories along the way! Join us in wishing her all the best in her retirement!

July 2, 2015 

Partnership Announcement

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

March 20, 2015 

Larry McKay & Joan McKay have joined our firm!

Olson, Bzdok & Howard welcomes Larry McKay and Joan McKay into our firm as Of Counsel attorneys. Olson, Bzdok & Howard will continue to maintain offices in both Traverse City and Frankfort, so that we can more conveniently serve clients in the surrounding counties throughout northern Michigan.

January 1, 2015