Our Founder, Chris French, is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. He received Bachelors of Science in Communications from the University of Michigan. Chris calls himself "a long time non-attorney." Meaning he became an attorney at age 44 and understands the stress and frustration the legal system presents to those who didn't attend law school.
Our Senior Associate, Paul Belanger, has more than 40-years of experience. He graduated from University of Detroit School of Law in 1972 and has maintained a thriving Family Law practice in the Downriver area for decades. Paul councils many of our staff members and specializes in Estate Planning and Probate matters. Paul is meticulous and dedicated to the practice of law at its highest level.
Our Senior Legal Assistant is Heather Templeton. She has almost 2 decades of experience in the legal field. She does the very difficult work of managing our office, organizing our clients and their case files, and supporting our attorneys and clients way beyond her job description. She is often the first and last point of firm-client contact, and her personable and caring manner is appreciated by all who know her.
Dino is a resident of Riverview Michigan and has over 15-years of legal experience in Michigan, Florida, and United States Federal Court. Dino is an experienced litigator with successes in criminal defense, civil litigation, family law, landlord tenant, and more. He has successfully represented clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in all phases of litigation. Dino worked as a Child Protective Service's investigator and is trained in the Child Forensic Interview Protocol developed by the State of Michigan. He has appeared in dozens of jurisdictions and conducted thousands of hearing and trials. Dino is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, State Bar of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Dino is a tireless advocate for veterans, senior citizens, and the underrepresented, working pro bono and professionally with organizations including the John Dingell Medical Center, Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan, and Street Outreach Court in Detroit. He intends to continue his efforts to assist those in need as an Associate Attorney with the Downriver Law Center. The wealth of experience Mr. Papadopoulos brings to the DLC will allow the firm to expand its practice areas to include Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, Child Protective Services Defense, License Restoration, and more. Dino's experience in family law and with DHHS strengthens the Downriver Law Center's already impeccable commitment to the practice of Family Law. Dino Papadopoulos is a fantastic addition to DLC and we are very excited he has agreed to join us as we provide legal services for the hard-working people of Downriver.