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About Michael L. Rutkowski

Mike’s Passion Is Helping People.

Whether it’s his career in estate planning, business coaching, or the gym he runs out of his garage, helping others gets him out of bed everyday (at 4:30am!). Mike’s legal career started in workers’ compensation insurance defense, where he would focus the majority of his practice until 2010, when many people in Mike’s life began having children. Out of this change, bore his love for estate planning, where he was able to use his skills as an attorney to help others plan for the future. From there, Mike’s passion expanded into Elder Law, where he has been successful in using legal techniques to protect his clients’ hard-earned life savings from the tremendous expense of long-term care.

Recognizing his expertise in the area of estate planning, the State Bar of Michigan has asked Mike to speak about Trusts and other estate planning topics. He has been a featured speaker throughout Metro Detroit at numerous events, from corporate engagements to university forums. Mike also regularly educates the public about the necessary elements of estate planning through monthly educational workshops, where he provides answers to questions from those in attendance. A networker by nature, Mike also regularly hosts events for business professionals, and his Meet Up group has grown to include over 1,100 members and is ranked 2nd in the Detroit area.

Mike was born and raised in Rochester, Michigan, where he now lives with his wife, three daughters, and two Labrador Retrievers. Mike devotes his time away from the firm to being with his family. He truly commits himself to being around for his kids, taking them to various activities, soccer practices, etc. after work daily. (So please don’t keep him too late on a weeknight!) He also enjoys golfing, CrossFit, skiing, and running. Mike has completed four marathons, three triathlons, and numerous CrossFit competitions around South East Michigan.


Mike’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Sales and Business Marketing from Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business. Mike earned his Juris Doctor, with a concentration in Business Transactions, through Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s challenging accelerated two-year program. Before starting the Rutkowski Law Firm, Mike spent six years at the fast-paced firm of Evans Pletkovic, PC, advising clients on business formation, negotiation, and contracts, as well as handling numerous workers’ compensation and employment law matters.

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  •  I first met Mike Rutkowski when my mom needed to update her estate plan, Will and establish a “Living Trust”. In the year that followed, Mike provided us with continuous support through challenges in Probate Court by mom’s family and subsequent revisions to mom’s estate plan and Will. Since mom’s passing, Mike has continued to give me great support as the Trustee of her estate. Recently, I chose Mike’s firm to set up my own Will and Trust. Rutkowski Law Firm and its staff have been a constant support to me at every step of the process. I would recommend Rutkowski Law Firm to any and every one for issues related to Wills, Trusts, Probate, etc. Definitely a reputable firm to trust with your life planning. I give my highest recommendation to this firm for their honesty, integrity and reliability.

    C. Wade – Waterford, Michigan

    Honesty, Integrity, & Reliability

  •  After procrastinating for many years I finally decided to get my will and trust done. I expected it to be a lengthy and cumbersome process but I was pleasantly surprised! I chose Rutkowski Law Firm because I saw an ad in the local paper and they were convenient to where I lived. What I got was “white glove” treatment, a very professional and friendly staff, and most importantly, immediate response to all my questions and concerns. I worked with Michael Rutkowski and Trisha Harris—a great team! Without hesitation I would recommend them to anyone looking to get their “affairs in order”.

    S. Reno – Birmingham, Michigan

    White Glove Treatment at Rutkowski Law Firm

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