Flint, Michigan-based criminal defense law firm handles cases statewide
FLINT, Michigan (April 26, 2017) – Michigan criminal defense and personal injury attorney Dustyn Coontz recently joined the Flint law firm of attorney Michael P. Manley, who “has a sterling reputation” and is “one of the most well-respected criminal defense lawyers in the state,” Coontz said.
“I’m incredibly excited and honored to team up with attorney Manley to represent the legal needs of residents in Genesee County, in the Tri-City Area, and throughout mid-Michigan,” Coontz said recently. “The work we do significantly impacts the lives of the individuals we represent. That’s why I have so much passion for what I do and why I take this work so seriously. I’m looking forward to my future with the firm and to keep on providing premier legal services to Michiganders grappling with grave legal problems.”
The decision to hire Coontz was a simple one, according to attorney Manley. “Dustyn brings a tremendous amount of legal experience and knowledge to our firm,” Manley said. “Most importantly, he’s passionate about his work and defending the rights of individuals who face very serious legal situations. He’s a tremendous asset for our firm, and I’m honored to work with him.”
A native of Michigan, attorney Dustyn Coontz graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015 and summa cum laude from Spring Arbor University in 2011. Mr. Coontz was admitted to practice law in Michigan in 2015.
Before joining attorney Manley's firm, Mr. Coontz served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge Jennie E. Barkey of Genesee County Probate Court in Flint. As a Judicial Law Clerk, Mr. Coontz drafted and revised legal opinions and orders, including cases involving criminal law, probate, mental-health issues and family law. He also oversaw the daily functions of the courtroom.
Previously, Mr. Coontz also worked as a Law Clerk for Legal Services of South Central Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI; as a Law Clerk for Murphy & Spagnuolo, P.C., of East Lansing, MI; as a Legal Intern for Prima Civitas of East Lansing, MI; and as a Student Clinician for Michigan State University's Legal Clinic's Urban Farm, Food, and Agricultural Law Practicum in East Lansing, MI. He has also had his scholarly work published in the Michigan State Law Review, where he served as Executive Editor in 2014–15.