Professional Staff

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 MulliganColleen 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. Email Colleen

Kimberly FlynnKimberly Flynn joined our firm in 2011 and has over two decades of law office experience. As our intake specialist, she plays an important role as the firm’s first point of contact with potential, current clients, and other attorneys. Kimberly is part of the firm’s energy law team, which supports our representation of clients in cases before the Michigan Public Service Commission. Kimberly also assists with litigation and estate planning, as well as handling client billing and general office management. Email Kimberly.


Karla GerdsKarla Gerds joined our firm in 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. Karla supports our attorneys with litigation, municipal, tribal and property cases and is a part of the firm's energy law team. Karla began working in the legal field in 2010. 
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Breanna ThomasBreanna Thomas joined our team in 2018. Breanna has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on general science. She brings over eleven years of administrative experience to our team and is part of the firm's energy law team, supporting our representation of clients in front of the Michigan Public Service Commission. She also assists with accounts payable and marketing. 
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Jill SmigielskiJill Smigielski joined our legal assistant team in 2021 as a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Pre-Law minor. Jill supports our attorneys with litigation, municipal, tribal, and property cases and assists on the firm's energy law team. 
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Mailing Address

(For both locations)
Olson, Bzdok & Howard
420 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Traverse City

Olson, Bzdok & Howard
420 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Ph:   (231) 946-0044
Fax:   (231) 946-4807

Hours: M-F, 8:30am-5pm


Olson, Bzdok & Howard
427 Main St.
2nd Floor
Frankfort, MI 49635

Ph:   (231) 352-4412
Fax:   (231) 946-4807

Hours: By Appointment