Nicole L. Gettler

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Nicole L. Gettler

Nicole L. Gettler has spent her entire legal career handling litigation matters in the metro-Detroit area. Originally from Western New York, she earned dual bachelor’s degrees, magna cum laude, in English and Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2007.

After graduation, she was a reporter for a group of newspapers. Her investigative work ultimately prompted her to change course and pursue a legal career. In 2012, she graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude, in the top 3 percent of her class.

Nicole is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and New York. During her tenure, she has handled real estate matters, including quiet title actions, landlord-tenant disputes, first and third-party No-Fault automobile claims, property insurance claims, cases of suspected arson and fraud, medical malpractice claims against healthcare providers, family law, estate planning, and general civil disputes. She joined Linnell & Associates in September 2023.

Currently, Ms. Gettler is President of the Women’s Bar Association – Oakland Region. She has actively served on this board since 2017. She is a long-time Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Stars recipient, and was named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in 2022 and 2023. She was also named to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyers, Class of 2022.

Ms. Gettler is an avid supporter of Operation Good Cheer and Humble Design. She lives in Novi, Michigan, with her husband and young daughter.

Wanda Roberts

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Wanda is originally from Presque Isle County in northern lower Michigan. She attended Alpena Community College before graduating from Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

Wanda worked for Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) before retiring to attend law school. During her last few years with MSUE, Wanda served as a financial educator with the Financial and Homeownership Education Team in Southeast Michigan.

Throughout her time at W.M.U. Cooley Law School, Wanda served as a student attorney with the Family Law Assistance Project, Pro Bono Bankruptcy Program, and Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan Elder Law & Advocacy Center.

Additionally, Wanda received certification from the Oakland Mediation Center. As a licensed attorney, Wanda worked at Lakeshore Legal Aid representing low-income individuals, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with legal issues related to family law, landlord/tenant matters, public benefits, unemployment, social security, and consumer issues.

Most recently Wanda’s practice has focused on Probate Administration and Estate Planning.

Wanda has a passion for diversity and a focus on improving the lives of families and communities.

In her free time, Wanda enjoys traveling and camping with her husband, Bruce, sewing, reading, expanding her houseplant collection, and training her two rescue dogs.

Richard Linnell

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  • Undergrad: University of Michigan 93’
  • Law School: Wayne State University 98’
  • Practicing Since: 1998
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Rick is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State Law School. He has been an attorney in private practice since 1998. Involved in real estate since 1996, Rick focuses his experience in commercial and residential real estate, as well as corporate law. Rick has also been actively involved in commercial and residential real estate development including acquisitions, development, complex financing, syndications and work outs. Rick is the owner of Linnell & Associates. His law firm has become one of Michigan’s most trusted law firms specializing in real estate law, short sales, foreclosure, and other forms of loss mitigation. The law firm has a combined total of over 75 years of legal experience in real estate law.

Hunter Avis

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  • Undergrad: U of M 2010
  • Law School: Cooley 2014
  • Practicing since: 2014
  • Areas of Practice:
    1. Riparian Rights

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Dakota M. Offman

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  • Undergrad: Michigan State 17’
  • Law School: Michigan State 20’
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Dakota grew up in New Boston, Michigan and attended Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2017. While attending Michigan State University, Dakota served as a Student Rights Advocate. In this role, Dakota helped shape student policy and helped students understand and act on their rights. In 2017, Dakota was selected as one of 20 students to participate in a new program which paired undergraduates with opportunities in the legal field. As part of this program Dakota clerked at MCV Law in East Lansing, Michigan, where he provided assistance with family law and criminal cases. Dakota then attended Michigan State University College of Law from 2017-2020. During his time in law school, Dakota was a law clerk at Oade, Stroud & Kleiman, PLLC, in East Lansing, Michigan. During law school, Dakota focused on property law, contract law, and construction law. As a clerk at Oade, Stroud & Kleiman, Dakota honed these skills even further and participated in large scale construction litigation, and real estate disputes as well as transactions involving real estate. Dakota was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2020 and immediately began litigation work. As a licensed attorney, Dakota represented clients in complex cases such as auto no-fault cases, commercial litigation, construction litigation, and products liability. Additionally, Dakota has represented clients in commercial/construction arbitration proceedings. Currently, Dakota specializes in real estate transactions and litigation as well as construction law disputes.