Richard V. Stokan

Member
248-433-2000
rvstokan@odtlegal.com

EDUCATION
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, B.A., 1997, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., J.D., 2000

PRACTICE AREAS
Municipal Law, Civil Rights, Medical Liability, Misdemeanor Criminal Defense

MEMBERSHIPS
American Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan State University Alumni Association

ADMISSIONS
State Bar of Michigan, 2000, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2001

BIOGRAPHY
Mr. Stokan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Law and Political Science from Michigan State University in 1997 and his Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School in 2000.  During his time in Washington, D.C., Mr. Stokan worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Representative James Barcia.  He also participated in the first summer law clerk program with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office working in the departments appellate division.  After graduation from law school, he was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2000 and joined O’Connor, DeGrazia, Tamm & O’Connor, P.C. in January 2001.  Since joining the firm, he has focused his practice in the areas of civil rights, municipal law, medical and hospital liability, and general liability.

In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Mr. Stokan has been admitted to practice in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan since 2001 and is a member of the American Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Association and the Michigan State University Alumni Association.

Representing municipal clients, Mr. Stokan has successfully argued motions for summary dispositions before federal and circuit courts in addition to organizing discovery for mass tort claims involving sewer backup and civil rights litigation with claims in excess of $1 million .  Mr. Stokan also sat second chair in mass tort civil rights case involving jail detainees.  Mr. Stokan has worked with municipalities on local ordinance issues, zoning laws, real estate, municipal contracts, internal policies and procedures and Freedom of Information matters.

In addition to working closely with medical and municipal clients defending civil actions, Mr. Stokan functioned as prosecuting attorney for the Charter Township of Northville in the 35th District Court for seven years.  His duties as a prosecuting attorney included the prosecution of criminal defendants as well as enforcement of zoning and building ordinances.  Prosecutorial duties also included defending motions to dismiss, pre-trial evidentiary motions, preparing witnesses and conducting formal hearings as well as bench and jury trials.  With more than seven years experience in district court, including numerous jury and bench trials, Mr. Stokan has also represented clients on misdemeanor offenses relying on his knowledge of prosecutions and criminal law.

In working as a prosecuting attorney, he had the opportunity to work closely with law enforcement and the courts to learn the intricacies of district court prosecutions allowing him to understand the position of the prosecutor as well as the court in dealing with misdemeanor charges and municipal civil infractions.