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Andrew Thav - Probate Lawyer in Michigan

Andrew Thav

Partner
Areas of Practice: 100% Probate Bankruptcy Business Owner Bar Admissions: Michigan, 1998 Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, MI Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Fraternities: Sigma Alpha Mu Awards: Recognized as Michigan’s Top Lawyers of 2015, in the area of probate.
Jamie Ryke - Probate Attorney in Michigan

Jamie Ryke

Partner
Jamie's area of practice is fully probate law. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1997. He holds degrees from St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL and Michigan State University Business School, East Lansing, MI. He is an alumni member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. Jamie has been recognized as Michigan’s Top Lawyers of 2015, in the area of probate. He is also a Lawyers of Distinction 2019, Esq. Recognizing Excellence in Probate Law.

Dawn Santamarina

Managing Senior Associate Attorney
Dawn graduated cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law after obtaining her B.S. in Legal Studies. Dawn has a decade of extensive experience in probate law. Prior to going to law school, Dawn worked for Public Administrator George Heitmanis for several years as a paralegal/legal secretary. She then went on to work on criminal cases with the United States Attorney’s Office as a paralegal. After passing the Michigan State Bar Exam, Dawn was brought on to the team at Thav, Ryke & Associates as an Associate Attorney. Dawn handles all types of probate cases including contested probate matters, trusts, decedent’s estates, guardianships, conservatorships, etc.

Thomas J. Langan

Senior Associate Attorney
Thomas Langan graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law after obtaining his B.A. in both Political Science and History and had a specialization in French from Michigan State University. Prior to attending law school Thomas worked with the Governor’s office for the State of Michigan. Thomas worked in multiple arenas before passing the Michigan State Bar Exam including medical malpractice, creditors rights, employment law, and family law. Thomas works on a diverse range of litigation including probate, family law and civil litigation. Thomas’ passions include debate, computer programming, and working on motorcycles.

Joseph Allison

Attorney
Joseph graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2016, majoring in Political Science with a minor in history. In 2020 he graduated from Wayne State University in May 2020 and was admitted to the Bar in November 2020. As a newly minted lawyer, he hopes to learn as much as I can about every aspect of law practice. Major interests are Boxing, MMA, and literature.

Eric Ruth

Attorney
Eric Ruth has an extensive background as a litigator, working for both small, boutique firms and large, international law firms. He brings many years of experience to the Thav, Ryke & Associates team and is well-versed in a variety of areas of the law, especially probate litigation. With years of litigation experience in the trial courts, the Court of Appeals, and Federal Courts, he has consistently secured excellent results for his clients. Eric graduated from Old Dominion University with a BS in Political Science and History, then graduated from Thomas. M. Cooley Law School. Prior to his law career, Eric served honorably in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of various campaigns in the War on Terror. In his free time, Eric enjoys golf, baseball, and spending time outdoors with his wife and young son.

Steve Mogdis

Steve graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with a JD and has a Master of Tax (MST) degree from Grand Valley State University. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked in probate and estate planning, tax dispute resolution, unclaimed property, real estate, and debt collection. He is a licensed real estate broker in Michigan.

Stephanie Ducastel

Junior Associate Attorney
Stephanie is a true Michigan State Spartan. She spent her undergraduate years at Michigan State and stayed for law school. Stephanie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Michigan State College of Law in 2019 and became certified to mediate civil disputes. While in law school, she was a Clerk for the Honorable Darlene O’Brien and the Honorable Timothy Connors. Stephanie also clerked for a few small firms in the Lansing area focusing on Family, Social Security and Civil Litigation.

Michael Arnhold

Junior Associate Attorney
Michael Arnhold carries a breadth of legal knowledge harvested from experience in creditor’s rights, landlord-tenant, personal injury, and the supervision of large-scale discovery practice. He has advocated for clients ranging from individuals to large corporations. Throughout his career, Michael has executed complex litigation plans, negotiated favorable settlements for clients, and successfully argued for disposal of opposing claims. At Thav, Ryke & Associates, Michael focuses his practice on probate matters and real property disputes. He is a 2013 graduate from Wayne State Law School who enjoys cooking, running, and chess.

Tiffany Jenkins

Paralegal
Tiffany Jenkins is a Notary Public and Paralegal at Thav, Ryke and Associates. She assists Jamie Ryke and Andrew Thav with deceased estates, guardianships/conservatorships, Trust administration and office administration. Tiffany has previously worked in Creditor’s rights and Bankruptcy. Tiffany attended Oakland County Community College. Tiffany is also a professional Photographer and an MSU Spartan fan! She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and her two children.

Rachel Sherman

Paralegal And Receptionist
Rachel Sherman is a receptionist and paralegal at Thav, Ryke and Associates, where she assists attorneys with deceased estates, estate planning, guardianships/conservatorships, and supports clients through the probate process. Rachel attended Siena Heights University for her undergrad and majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She then attended Tiffin University and received her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. Rachel enjoys playing soccer with her friends and baking desserts in her spare time.

Brianna Wright

Paralegal
Brianna Wright is a paralegal at Thav, Ryke, & Associates where she provides assistance and support to the attorneys and clients as they navigate their various probate matters. Brianna attended Oakland County Community College and Ferris State University. She then went on to work at Wayne County Third Circuit Court and then on to Wayne County Probate court, bringing her valuable knowledge from several years of Court and legal experience with her to the firm. In her spare time, Brianna enjoys traveling with her friends and family, listening to true crime podcasts, and shopping on Amazon.