Commercial and Corporate Litigation; Contracts; Corporation, Limited Liability Company and Partnership Formation; Member, Partner and Shareholder matters; Buy-Sell Agreements, Business Sales and Purchases; Real Estate, Commercial and Residential; Retirement 401(k), 403(b), Pension, Profit Sharing and Money Purchase Plans and Planning, Cafeteria Plans, Other Employee Benefits, ERISA; NLRB, FLSA, MERC, Labor, Employee Relations, Employee Termination Matters; Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Administration, and Probate Matters, and Probate Litigation.
Matt W. Zeigler is a Detroit area native.
1976: admitted to State Bar of Michigan and all Michigan Courts;
1976: admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; 1979: admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; 1979: admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1991: admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan;
1992: admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit;
1996: admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court; 2007: admitted to practice, pro hac vice, before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern Dist of New York.
Active Duty, United States Army, 1967-1970, Honorable Discharge; 1969-1970: Republic of Vietnam; 23rd Admin Company; Chu Lai, RVN.
Michigan State University; University of Maryland, Far East Division; Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science, 1972; University Of Detroit School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1975.
State Bar of Michigan, since 1976; Sections of Business and Corporate Law; Employment and Labor Law; Probate and Estate Planning; and Taxation.
Probate and Estate Planning Certificate
Matt W. Zeigler holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan; 2007.
Matt has made presentations before many different groups, including the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), the Small Practitioners Group of the MACPA; the Independent Accountants Association of Michigan (IAAM); the Michigan Grocers Association; and he has conducted estate planning and employee benefit seminars both privately for clients, and publicly in connection with various groups for years, including the Troy Public Library.
Matt has been an active member in the Troy Rotary Club from 1988 through 2005, serving on the Board of Directors, and as President (1994-1995) and was a founding member of the Troy Rotary Foundation and its Pot O’ Gold fund raiser for many years. In 1995, Matt received the coveted Paul Harris award for distinguished service from his fellow Rotarians. Matt also served as a member of the Troy Historical Commission for the year 1993-1994.
Published and Reported Case Studies
Diederich Agency v. Holbrook et al., Oakland County Case # 08-089497-CK[Mich] (Representing the Defendant)
Ashcraft’s Market, Inc. v UFCW, Local 586; 246 NLRB 471, 102 LRRM 1592 (1979). (Representing the Employer.)
Great Day, Inc. v. UFCW Local 20; 248 NLRB 527, 103 LRRM 1451 (1980). (Representing the Employer.)
MICHIGAN BAR JOURNAL
Nuts and Bolts of the Restatement TRA 1986 Process, Vol. 69, No. 11, November, 1990;
MICHIGAN TAX LAWYER
Section 89 Internal Revenue Code – Tax On Employee Fringe Benefits, Vol. 15, Issue No.1, First Quarter, 1989;
News On Section 89, Vol. 15, No. 3, Third Quarter, 1989;
MICHIGAN FOOD NEWS
Delay Announced for Sec. 89 – But No Repeal, Vol. 43, No. 6, June, 1989;
Retirement Plan IRS Compliance, Vol. 44, No. 1, January, 1990;
Congress Expands COBRA Coverage, Vol. 44, No. 2, February, 1990;
Retirement Plans – New Minimum Coverage, Vol. 44, No. 4, April 1990;
Retirement Plans and Nondiscrimination, Vol. 44, No. 6, June, 1990;
New Minimum Rules for Retirement Plans, l Vol. 44, No. 8, August, 1990;
Americans with Disabilities Act, Vol. 44, No. 10, October 1990;
O.B.R.A. 1990 Employee Tax Matters and Planning for 1991, Vol. 44, No. 12, December, 1990;
Premium Only Cafeteria Plans, Vol. 45, No. 2, February 1991;
New Living Will for Health Care, Vol. 45, No. 4, April, 1991;
Employment Separation Agreements, Vol. 45, No. 6, June 1991;
Employer Social Security Contributions in Retirement Planning, Vol. 45, No 8, August, 1991;
Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Administration, Probate Matters and Probate Litigation; Corporate Operations; Employee Handbooks, Employee Relations, and Employee Termination Matters.
Heidi E. Castle is a Legal Assistant and Business Manager for Zeigler Townley P.C., Attorney And Counselors At Law.
She is a Detroit area native and has been working for the Law Firm since 1990. Heidi has extensive experience in Probate Court estate administration and in pre-death and post-death administration of trusts. In estate planning, Heidi writes wills, trusts, special function trusts, durable powers of attorney and patient advocate designations, the so-called “living wills”. She prepares and files the US Form 706 for the Federal Estate Tax Return. She assists clients in the funding of assets to their trusts, including the titling and re-titling of assets and transferring real estate and personal property throughout the United States. Heidi also evaluates the allocation of assets between trusts.
In Probate Administration and Trust Administration, Heidi opens, administers, and closes estates and trusts. She also reviews and writes employment handbooks, solves employment law issues and prepares annual corporate minutes. In addition, she is responsible for business management and administration of all areas of finance and personnel of the Law Firm.
Heidi has the unique ability to resolve difficult problems quickly and is able to work with clientele in a respectful and courteous manner. She is sensitive to the financial concerns of our clients and is able to efficiently move forward with economical solutions to the tasks at hand.
Bruce L. Townley
Areas of Practice
General Civil Litigation; Collection; Landlord and Tenant; Real Estate; Land and Title Disputes; Employment Law; Family Law; Post-Divorce issues; Spousal Support; Child Support; Parenting Time; Pre-Nuptial Agreements; Bankruptcy Claims and Adversarial Litigation; Estate Planning; Probate Litigation; Contract Dispute; Criminal, including all felonies and misdemeanors; Drunk Driving; Marijuana Possession or Distribution; Domestic Violence; and Minor in Possession
1992: Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and all Michigan Courts
1992: Admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
1999: Admitted to practice in U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.
John Brown University, Bachelor of Arts, 1988; University of Detroit School of Law, Juris Doctorate 1992
Past Case Evaluator for Lapeer County
Past Public Defender for Lapeer County
Past Public Defender for Sterling Heights
Case Evaluator for Oakland County
Bruce has lived in Metropolitan Detroit since age 14 and has practiced law in the Tri-County area for almost 23 years. He has a varied practice from Criminal Defense to Civil Litigation to Family Law to Probate. He successfully defended the first State RICO case brought against a gang in Genesee County and has obtained substantial jury awards in civil matters.
Bruce has handled matters in every local court, including the State District Courts, State Circuit Courts, U.S. Federal District Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Court and U.S. Immigration Court.
USSF Referee, Grade 7.Coach for local soccer teams, active in Relay For Life, runner in local races including The Crim and Detroit Half-marathon, father of three. Avid supporter of various local theatre groups.