Brian has served Student Legal Services as its lead attorney for the past 35 years. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in law school, Brian worked as an Administrative Assistant to a Michigan State Senator and with the Michigan Department of Attorney General in the Office of the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council.
After law school, Brian opened his own law office as well as signed on with ASMSU and COGS to begin his career at Student Legal Services. Brian focused his private practice on representing the legal needs of various business entities including for-profit and nonprofit organizations and developed an emphasis in zoning and land use law. Brian currently maintains his practice with Student Legal Services through the law firm of Jeffries and Associates, PLLC. Brian has very much enjoyed devoting his practice to helping students, as well as assisting the Associated Students of Michigan State University and the Council of Graduates Students with the unique challenges and issues they present.
Brian is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Ingham County Bar Association, and has served as an Assemblyperson of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan, as well as a member of the State Bar of Michigan District E Character and Fitness Committee. Brian is licensed and admitted to practice law in all State courts, the U. S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to practicing law, Brian has also held elective office for 27 years where he served as an Ingham County Commissioner, a Lansing Community College Board of Trustee Member, and a Lansing City Council Member. Brian has also served the Lansing community and region by volunteering on numerous local boards and commissions including the Lansing Housing Commission, Capital Area Community Services Board of Directors, Capital Regional International Airport Authority, Tri-County Office on Aging, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Lansing Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, and was appointed Co-Chairperson of Lansing Mayor Schor’s Transition Team. Other affiliations include the ACLU, NAACP (Silver Life), Trout Unlimited, and St. Casimir Catholic parish.
In his spare time, Brian likes to wade the PM and Manistee rivers to fish for trout, salmon, and steelhead; cook and bake pies; work on his home; and, most of all, Brian enjoys living life with his wife, Ellen.
Dave is the newest member of the Student Legal Services team and brings over 15 years of experience both in public and private legal practice. Dave has worked extensively with students and is devoted to serving their legal needs and those of ASMSU and COGS at Michigan State University. Dave prides himself on listening to and advising his clients to achieve a full understanding of their legal rights, risks, and options.
Dave is licensed and admitted to practice in all Michigan courts and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Ingham County Bar Association. Dave is licensed to practice law in all State courts, the U. S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Dave received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University-Chicago and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. While in law school, Dave was a member of the inaugural student group within the Chance at Childhood clinic; a Criminal Trial Advocacy participant; and worked extensively within the Eaton County Family and Probate Court. Shortly after law school, Dave became a legal clerk for Cass County circuit court judge, the Honorable Susan Dobrich, a strong role model who he was able to observe and assist in her development of that area’s first Family and Drug Treatment Court.
Dave moved on to be an associate with a private law firm, where he served as legal counsel to private clients as well as municipal counsel and prosecutor for numerous cities and townships. This experience provided him with extensive time in the courthouse, at board meetings, and working with governing bodies and committees. Dave then opened and successfully operated his own law office, working across Michigan in many different State and Federal courts on both civil and criminal matters. In Dave’s private law practice, he worked with both private and government clients, allowing him to build his knowledge and expertise in the courtroom.
In addition to practicing law, Dave has served on numerous boards and committees, most notably as a member of the inaugural treatment team and inaugural administrative board of the Ingham County Veterans’ Treatment Court founded by the Honorable David Jordon of 54-B district court in East Lansing. Dave most enjoys any time with his wife Rebecca and his children, Ford and Finley. Dave is continually looking to positively develop himself and support those around him, actively volunteering for organizations and programs such as Meals on Wheels and Special Olympics.
David is excited to work with the Michigan State University community and to use his experience as a part of Jeffries and Associates, PLLC, in its mission to help students and the organizations of ASMSU and COGS, with the unique challenges and issues they present through Student Legal Services.
Adam grew up in Oceana, West Virginia, and graduated from Mountain State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Adam obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School with much of his classwork and internships focused on client advocacy and communication.
During law school, Adam interned at the Sixty Plus Estate Planning Clinic where he performed client intakes, prepared estate planning documents, and supervised fellow students as a senior student manager. Adam also interned with Student Legal Services at Michigan State University. This internship focused primarily on client interaction and involved assisting attorneys in the representation of students. He conducted intake interviews, prepared research briefs, and assisted with pretrials.
Upon graduation, Adam joined a law firm practicing estate planning and, subsequently, accepted a position in the Detroit area reviewing and analyzing contracts. When an opportunity to rejoin Student Legal Services was presented, the time spent interning there and the desire to help students made it an easy decision to return. Adam has served in this position for the past 4 years and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with students and ASMSU and COGS on a wide variety of issues and concerns.
Adam is licensed and admitted to practice law in all State courts and is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association. In his free time, Adam is an avid fan of MSU sports, golf, and spending time with his wife Emily and their corgi Annabelle.
Breanna obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. After graduation, she immediately began her legal carrier by obtaining employment as a Family Law Legal Assistant at a major law firm in Southeast Michigan. While there, Breanna assisted with divorce and family law matters with a focus on litigation. In 2018, she returned to campus and began work as a Legal Assistant with Student Legal Services through the law firm of Jeffries and Associates, PLLC, and is thrilled to assist students with many different legal issues and concerns.
Breanna is a Notary Public and was the only active Legal Assistant member of the Macomb County region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan in 2017-18. Today, she remains active with the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and is also a member of the Ingham County Bar Association. In her free time, Breanna enjoys working on “do it yourself” projects at home, attending work-out classes, and hiking with her husband Vincent and their dog Chandler.
Danielle Jones (Fall Semester)
Danielle is in her second year at the Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to law school, Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. At Michigan State, Danielle is a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and serves as its Events Coordinator. She is the Law School Liaison to the Council of Graduate Students where she is a member of its Executive Board and also serves as the Graduate Liaison to the Student Bar Association. Her internships have focused on client advocacy and litigation, examining the effects of criminal proceedings on victims. Her study interests include domestic violence, victim services, and the effect of the criminal justice system on young adults.
Tyler is a 2L at Michigan State University College of Law. After graduation, he intends to become a public defender. When not in the office, Tyler hosts “On the Banks,” a podcast about MSU-related news, and writes on the same subject at onthebanksmsu.com. He also serves as Vice Chair of the University Committee on Academic Governance. Tyler obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University in 2017, and he spent one year as the Assistant Director of ASMSU’s Student Rights Advocates.