John L. Gormley has been providing exceptional legal counsel to clients in the Michigan communities of Fowlerville, Howell, Williamston, Webberville, Stockbridge, Morrice, Byron, and Bancroft, as well as the surrounding areas for over twenty years. As a co-founder of the law firm of Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, Mr. Gormley’s practice encompasses a broad range of matters, including municipal law, family law, estate planning, and bankruptcy law. Widely regarded as one of the top trial attorneys in Michigan, he has received the “10 Best in Client Satisfaction” award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™ and has been named among the nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, among many other honors.
Looking back, Mr. Gormley’s decision to pursue a career in law was a natural one. As he tells it:
Believe it or not, I started out in college at Michigan State University studying chemistry, but then I switched to political theory, which focused on social science-law, and democracy. I found it to be much more interesting and personally satisfying. That’s what ultimately compelled me to go into law.
A graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Mr. Gormley founded his firm with the goal of helping clients tackle their legal issues and move forward with their lives. Attorney Christopher Johnson joined the firm in 2003. Since then, the two attorneys have cultivated a reputation for providing each client with custom-tailored representation designed to meet their unique needs, whether they are facing a divorce, child custody dispute, will/trust contest, criminal charge, or another legal matter.
In addition to working with individuals and families, Mr. Gormley maintains a robust municipal law practice. Over the course of his career, he has represented numerous villages, cities, downtown development authorities, park and recreation authorities, and other governmental units in matters ranging from zoning, drafting and prosecuting local ordinances to tax abatements and other taxation issues. Additionally, Mr. Gormley represents individual government officials as well as private citizens who are applying for or opposing the issuance of permits.
As a thought leader in his field, Mr. Gormley pays close attention to prevailing trends in his many areas of practice. With regard to family law, he notes that he is currently following developments relating to the viability of prenuptial agreements in the state of Michigan after the Michigan Court of Appeals recently held, in Allard v. Allard, that a court retains authority to award a party’s separate property to the opposing party in a divorce proceeding despite the parties’ valid prenuptial agreement protecting such assets.
After more than two decades dedicated to law, Mr. Gormley envisions a bright future ahead. Looking forward, he believes a revitalized Michigan economy will result in more private clients that need assistance in navigating real estate development issues, family law matters, and estate planning/litigation. Further, the economic revitalization brought on in large part by changes in Michigan law trends well for new Michigan business activity which brings forth a host of new issues before local governments.
Outside of his law practice, Mr. Gormley frequently volunteers in community projects through his local Rotary Club Chapter. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities, and is also passionate about sports cars.