Professional Staff

LogoAt the heart of every great law firm is a dedicated professional staff. At Olson, Bzdok & Howard, our staff provides an unmatched and invaluable combination of organizational skills, document and file management, attention to detail, conscientious client care, and – critically – a sense of humor. Unlike at other firms, the professional staff at our firm are assigned to clients rather than to attorneys. We believe this system optimizes efficiency, improves quality control, and ensures that clients have direct relationships with the managers of their files.

 

ColleenColleen Mulligan joined our firm in 1996 and during that time earned her legal assistance certification and a bachelor's degree in business administration.  Colleen has handled many roles during her years with the firm including reception, billing, legal assistance, bookkeeping and general office management.  Colleen's knowledge in all of these areas contributed to her current role as the firm’s business manager including overseeing accounting, billing, marketing, and all aspects of client relationships.

 

 

KimberlyKimberly Flynn has over a decade of law office experience, and, as our receptionist and intake specialist, she plays an important role as the firm’s first point of contact with potential and current clients, and with other attorneys. Kimberly is part of the firm’s energy law team, and supports our representation of clients in cases before the Michigan Public Service Commission. In addition, she handles client billing and general office management.

 

 

Nancy Chmielewski joined our firm as part of the merger with the McKay and McKay law firm in 2015, bringing more than 30 years of legal experience with her. Nancy has a background in the legal field as a billing specialist, property manager and accounts receivable supervisor for an insurance defense litigation firm in Farmington Hills.  In 1999, she moved to Frankfort and worked as an office manager/legal assistant for an Indian law practice in Traverse City.  Most recently, Nancy worked in Frankfort as a legal assistant in real estate, probate litigation, and municipal law for the McKays.  

 

Karla Gerds is the newest member of the OBH staff. She joined our firm in June of 2015 as a legal assistant. Karla has a Bachelor of Arts in History, specializing in Historic Preservation and a Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate from Oakland University. Prior to joining our law firm Karla had been working in the legal field since 2010. 

 

Our attorneys and staff work hard to keep abreast of developments in environmental science and technology, and to develop and maintain networks with lawyers and other professionals across the country. Through the innovative use of technology and personnel, we offer the amenities and results of a large metropolitan law firm, but at a substantially lower cost to our clients.


NEWS

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 

Retired after 28 years!

Ruth Ann Liebziet retired 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