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Dean Ernst Sheldon III

Law Office of Dean E. Sheldon III
  • Bankruptcy, Consumer Law
  • Michigan
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Dean E. Sheldon III is committed to providing you with top notch legal service. We approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding. We fight for you!

Dean E. Sheldon III received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1986, graduating with honors in federal jurisdiction. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar and served as a law clerk for Hon. Judge Don J. Young, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division.

In 1987, Dean joined the law firm of Nathan & Roberts in Toledo, Ohio as an associate attorney, specializing in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. During this time, he also worked as an attorney for Chapter 7 Trustee, H. Buswell Roberts, Jr. In 1990, Dean joined the firm of Donald D. Simmons, former Wood County Common Pleas Judge. Dean started his solo practice in 1991. In addition to bankruptcy, his practice included real estate, probate, juvenile, domestic relations, criminal, creditor's rights, landlord/tenant, personal injury, worker's compensation, social security and business law.

Drawn to the natural beauty of northern Michigan and wanting a healthy community for their two year old daughter, Dean and Sally Sheldon moved to Traverse City in 1997. Dean worked for a year as closing agent at Mid-American Title Company. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1998. He started Good Harbor Mortgage Company in 2000. Dean is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts of Michigan, Western Division. Dean is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Miami University of Ohio
B.A. | English with emphasis on Professional Writing and Political Science
Honors: Dean's List - 4 Semesters
Activities: Editor - "Dimensions" Miami University's student magazine of the arts.
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University of Dayton
J.D. | School of Law
Honors: Graduated in top third of class, with honors in Federal Jurisdiction, July, 1986. Editor-in-Chief, EQUITABLE RELIEF, law student newspaper.
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Professional Experience
Law Office of Dean E. Sheldon III
- Current
Licensed to practice law in Michigan. Inactive status in Ohio.
Articles & Publications
Private Revitalization and Housing for the Poor
Zoning and Planning Handbook, Clark Boardman Co., Ltd., New York, NY 10014.
“Mitigating the Effects of Private Revitalization on Housing for the Poor,"
70 Marquette Law Review 1
“Private Revitalization and Low-Income Housing,"
Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 9, no. 6, Clark Boardman, Co., Ltd., New York, NY 10014
Honors in Federal Jurisdiction
University of Dayton School of Law
Professional Associations
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
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Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim Bar Association
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Activities: written articles for newsletter
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
    Flat Fee for basic Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Payment plans available.
Practice Areas
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Consumer Law
Class Action, Lemon Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My son has many bills. He owes the county Jail here $1250 for a recent stay. Would bankruptcy erased by it.
A: Yes! Housing fees are dischargeable in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.
Q. Looking for a Bankruptcy Lawyer,,,,, Susan Jackson @ 313 633-5272. Email -
A: That's what I do. www. Please check out the testimonials. We can work by mail, fax and email if you are out of my area. Dean Sheldon 231-932-9388
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Contact & Map
1378 Gold Court
Traverse City, MI 49696
Telephone: (231) 932-9388
Fax: (866) 921-3317
Notice: We have had a home office in Traverse City for the last 15 years. We are open 9-5 M-F. We have a great link on our website that will allow you to start building your bankruptcy case immediately! Please call. Thank you!