At 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.
Colleen 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.
Kimberly 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.