PETOSKEY -- A Petoskey law firm recently saw the addition of two new attorneys as well as a change in its name.
Nathaniel "Mike" Stroup, partner emeritus of Stroup Erhart & Lyons, the Petoskey area's oldest law firm, announced that experienced attorneys William L. "Bill" Meengs Jr. and Jennifer E. "Jenny" Deegan are joining the firm at its offices in Petoskey's Pennsylvania Plaza.
The firm's name has been changed to Stroup, Erhart, Lyons and Meengs, P.C.
Meengs has more than 18 years of legal experience and focuses his practice on estate planning, elder law, real estate and general corporate matters. Meengs' estate planning services include the drafting and administration of wills and trusts, guardianship and conservatorship matters, special needs and disability planning, probate litigation, name changes and adoption.
A member of Petoskey High School's Class of 1987, Meengs graduated from Hope College in 1991 and from the University of Louisville School of LAw in 1994. Meengs is a former intern for U.S. District Judge Richard A. Enslen. Meengs' work background includes stints with the UAW Legal Services Plan in Grand Rapids and the Plunkett Cooney law firm. For the last five years, he was owner/principal of Meengs Law Group.
Meengs is a member of the development and marketing committee for the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, serves on the board of the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation and is a past president of the Charlevoix-Emmet County Bar Association, currently serving as its treasurer. Duroing the winter months he is active in the Char-Em Adult Hockey Association.
Deegan has practiced law for more than 16 years. He current legal practice based in Harbor Springs focuses on family law and divorce, criminal law, juvenile proceedings and general litigation.
Deegan graduated from Michigan State University in 1992 and from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1996. She served as a trial attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and then as chief assistant prosecutor in Sanilac and Charlevoix counties. After leaving prosecuting work in 2004, Deegan opened her own law firm, the Law Office of Jennifer E. Deegan in Harbor Springs. She has extensive jury and bench trial experience in both criminal and civil cases.
Deegan is a trustee of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and serves as board president of North Country Kids Daycare and Preschool in Harbor Springs. She also serves on the board of the Harbor Springs Library.
Meengs and Deegan join a legal team at Stroup, Erhart, Lyons and Meengs that also includes attorneys Jim Erhart, Pete Lyons and Jane Nelson. For more information about the firm, see its website at www.northernmilaw.com.