Areas of Law

At Schnelz Wells, P.C., we have highly trained attorneys and staff dedicated to providing the most comprehensive legal service available. Experience, diligence, and enthusiasm aid our attorneys in resolving or litigating the most complicated of legal matters; our attorneys devote the same level of professionalism and consideration to each client's case. Schnelz Wells, P.C. is a firm able to fully represent many different types of legal needs.

Our attorneys routinely use innovative methods to achieve favorable outcomes and are often named among the best in the state. Our experience and extensive knowledge of the law can ease the anxiety that accompanies any kind of legal dispute. At Schnelz Wells, P.C., we realize that each case is unique; our attorneys and staff welcome the chance to offer effective and efficient service.

The following are a generalization of the types of legal skills and services offered at Schnelz Wells, P.C.:

Our appellate group assists our litigation attorneys in all aspects of case development including pretrial and trial strategy, preservation of error during the trial, jury charge preparation and argument and post-verdict motions. Our appellate attorneys also represent new clients who turn to us after suffering adverse trial verdicts or when they need to protect trial court victories.

Our appellate attorneys have argued cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. We have also handled appeals before various state administrative agencies.

Cable & Multimedia Law
Schnelz Wells, P.C. represents cable television operators throughout the country in providing effective, costs efficient and timely legal advice with respect to business formation, franchising and regulatory oversight and compliance. Our attorneys have represented clients in the deployment of the largest competitive cable franchise in the United States including the negotiation and franchising agreements with more than 100 municipalities as well represented a large as well as represented a large MSO in transfer and acquisition of more than 250 franchises.

Commercial Litigation
Schnelz Wells, P.C. has provided its clients with innovative approaches that have achieved excellent results in a wide range of litigation matters. For over two decades, our attorneys have collaborated with our clients to reach the results they want. Partnering with our clients drives the strategies and hard effort needed to achieve a successful conclusion.

Our seasoned attorneys have won cases in some of the nation’s most challenging jurisdictions by utilizing effective case management skills and technology to achieve desired results.

We understand that every client should try every case and work effectively with our clients in pre-trial practices to posture the case for effective resolution.

Environmental Law
Schnelz Wells, P.C. has a wide ranging environmental law practice covering all aspects of Federal and State regulations. The Firm’s environmental clients range from multinational oil clients to mid-tier transmission companies to small retailers:

We provide prompt, cost effective and efficient counsel in the following areas:
  • Litigation of air, soil groundwater and underground contamination and clean up issues;
  • Transactional assessment, audits, due diligence and allocation of environmental risk;
  • Compliance counseling and enforcement representation;
  • Permitting, licensing registration and regulatory counseling.
Estate Planning and Probate
Schnelz Wells, P.C. has significant experience in counseling clients in the laws affecting the transfer of client's wealth. We represent business owners and executives, families, successful entrepreneurs and charitable organizations.

We prepare Wills, Business succession plans and wealth preservation utilizing innovative and sophisticated trusts to reduce income, estate and gift taxes.

We also furnish our clients with services for probate and estate administration, including admitting the will to probate, advising the executor on estate issues, preserving the estate's assets our attorneys have considerable experience in handling will contest, estate tax audits by the IRS and disputes between heirs.

Family Law
Schnelz Wells, P.C. offers a specific specialization in family law matters. One of our partners, Kurt E. Schnelz, has over twenty years of experience in this field. He is one of a handful of members in the highly recognized American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has a solid reputation for his comprehensive and effective litlgation strategies. While our first goal in any case is settlement, our attorneys are more than proficient at all stages of trial. From in-depth discovery to complex custody conflicts, our attorneys treat each case and each client with the utmost care and precision. Our familiarity with this type of litigation aids to speed family law cases toward a suitable solution for all parties involved, including children in custody cases.

Mediation and Arbitration
Schnelz Wells, P.C. has attorneys who serve as arbitrators and mediators in all types of disputes including commercial litigation, bad faith claims, employment discrimination lawsuits, catastrophic personal injury cases and toxic tort cases. Gene Schnelz, the recently retired Oakland County Circuit Court Judge is a well respected mediator and arbitrator, who is often requested in complex cases. Our attorneys routinely use innovative methods to achieve favorable outcomes and are often named among the best in the state. As arbitration is becoming a more commonly-used means of resolving cases, our attorneys are qualified and experienced in serving as arbitrators.

Real Estate Law
Our real estate group represents clients in all aspects of real estate development, transactions and litigation by providing experienced and practical advice to help clients achieve their business goals. For more than two decades, the Firm's attorneys have provided Fortune 500 clients, banks, commercial real estate companies and small businesses with prompt, cost effective and efficient legal services.

We represent our clients before municipalities, state, federal and regional agencies with respect to land use, zoning, variance and government agency permitting. We are familiar with state and local requirements and procedures in all municipalities throughout Michigan and Ohio.

Our Real Estate Group represents clients in:
  • Transactional real estate
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Leasing
  • Environmental
  • Federal, State and Local Regulations
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate litigation
Telecommunications Law
Schnelz Wells, P.C. has been a leader in telecommunication regulation and transactions for more than two decades. Our clients rely on Schnelz Wells, P.C. for prompt, cost effective and efficient counsel with the full spectrum of needs and challenges affecting the industry.

We have been at the forefront of the deployment of wireless technology ranging from deployment of a client's wireless network in Michigan to assisting clients throughout the country with deployment of traditional and new wireless technologies including distributive antenna systems (DAS), external and internal neutral host systems and other digital media technologies. When the circumstances require the Firm has extensive administrative experience with Federal, State agencies as well as litigation, tax and acquisition counsel to readily assist our clients with experienced, focused and expeditious counsel.

Our telecommunication clients represent all aspects of the industry including:
  • Cellular and PCS carriers
  • Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLEC's)
  • Interexchange Carriers
  • Wireless broadband providers
  • Cable TV programmer and operators
  • Telecom equipment manufacturers
  • Fiber and broadband deployment contractors

Principal Shareholders

Kurt E. Schnelz
Steven W. Wells
Todd H. Wells

Of Counsel

Gene Schnelz
H. Wayne Wells
William Lansat

Our Staff

Marie M. MacDougall
Emily Burke
Suzanne Madlangbayan


Schnelz Wells
280 North Old Woodward
Suite 250
Birmingham, MI 48009
248.258.7084 (fax)

Northern Michigan
Referral Office

801 Bridge Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

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