Mike practices in the areas of estate and gift tax planning, special needs planning, asset protection, charitable giving, elder law, and business succession planning. He focuses on helping clients protect and transfer wealth efficiently.
Mike works with high net worth families, primarily business owners, physicians and athletes. He practices in Metro Detroit, Chicago and South Florida.
A Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, Mike holds the Retirement Planning Specialist designation from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He is also a member of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Mike is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of Michigan, a member of the board of directors for Crossroads for Youth and the Clarkston Foundation.
Mike earned his J.D. from Wayne State University in 1989. He received a B.A. from Michigan State University, James Madison College in 1986.
Admissions - State
- Wayne State University
- Michigan State University, James Madison College
Honors and Awards
- Selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers (2011-2017)
- AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Public Service and Volunteerism
- Clarkston Foundation (Board Member)
- Crossroads for Youth (Board Member)
Episode 02: Preparing your business to be sold
Episode 01: Federal tax credits' impact on natural disaster recovery
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Top 10 ways to protect your assets
Durable Power of Attorney: What you need to know
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Asset protection for children
MH Business Exchange now available on Google Play
MH Business Exchange Episode 2 informs owners how to prepare business for a sale
McDonald Hopkins launches MH Business Exchange podcast
Eleven attorneys at McDonald Hopkins honored as Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Michael Witzke named Chair of Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group at McDonald Hopkins
Twelve attorneys at McDonald Hopkins honored as Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Estate planning attorney Michael P. Witzke joins the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins
- Tax Reform Analysis: The impact on you and your nonprofit | Thursday, January 11, 2018
- Tax Reform Analysis: The impact on you and your business | Wednesday, January 10, 2018
- Leaving a legacy | Thursday, October 29, 2015