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Mr. Zulakis has considerable trial experience in criminal and juvenile matters, beginning with an acquittal in his first felony jury trial in 1980 and including acquittals (not guilty verdicts) in cases of murder, robbery, assault with intent to commit murder, larceny, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, assault with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering (home invasion), criminal sexual conduct, drug possession/delivery, assault and battery, shoplifting, child neglect and abuse, and many other criminal matters as well.
His clients have included prosecutors, police officers, physicians, lawyers, teachers, state employees, auto workers, executives and people from all walks of life facing or potentially facing criminal charges.
He has represented numerous Michigan State University students and hundreds of area high school and middle school students facing the possibility of criminal or juvenile punishments, including the possibility of prison, jail, detention, registration on the Sex Offenders Registration List, loss of driver's license, school sanctions, forfeiture of property, fines, and costs.
Mr. Zulakis has been recognized by his peers and the community for his skills as a trial lawyer and for his commitment to the delivery of the very best criminal and juvenile defense services. He is respected by judges, prosecutors and by fellow defense counsel. He is a former president, vice-president, and treasurer of the Ingham County Bar Association, and he co-chaired the Ingham County Bar Association Criminal Law Section from 1999 to 2004. He was a founding member of the Ingham County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ingham County Bar Association, and served as its vice-president from 2001 until 2009 when he was elected president.
The State Bar of Michigan recognized Mr. Zulakis by naming him a fellow in 2003 and by appointing him to the position of Attorney Discipline Hearing Panelist with the Attorney Discipline Board in 2001. Ingham County Bar recognitions include his appointment to the Judicial Candidate Qualification Committee from 2002 to 2005, and his being named chair of the committee in 2004. He was reappointed as chair in 2008. In 2004, Mr. Zulakis was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm as the criminal defense lawyer designee to the State Community Corrections Board. Gov. Granholm reappointed Mr. Zulakis in 2008 for a second term, which he served until April 2012.
Other service has included an appointment by the Michigan Judicial Institute to the Advisory Committee in connection with the formulation and publication of the Child Protective Proceedings Bench Book, published in 1999.
Martindale and Hubbell, which rates attorneys based upon confidential input from their peers, has given Mr. Zulakis an AV rating, the highest rating available, effective 1999 to the present. He is a member of the Michigan Association for OWI Attorneys (MAOWIA). He has been included in the Best Lawyers Consumers Guide in 2001 and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of DUI/DWI defense in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Editions. He was admitted to the National Registry of Who's Who in 1998 as a life member for service to the consumer and the profession; the National Registers Who's Who in Executives and Professionals as an honored professional in the 2001-2002 Edition; and as a life member in the Kingston's National Registry of Who's Who for contributions to the profession and the community, 2003 Edition. He was listed in the 2010 Edition of Princeton Who's Who of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.
Bar Admissions: Michigan
Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1978
Undergraduate School: Coe College, B.A., 1972
Attorney/Shareholder, Dunn & Zulakis, P.C., 1979-1980
Associate, Zeff & Zeff, Attorneys at Law, 1978
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
State Bar of Michigan, Member in Good Standing, 1978-Present
Member, Michigan Association for Justice
Member, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
Member; Defense Attorney Designee, State Community Corrections Board, 2004-2012
Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 2003 - Present
Member, Ingham County Bar Association
Ingham County Bar Foundation
Founder; President, 2009
Vice President, 2001-2009
Founding Fellow, Ingham County Bar Foundation
Chair, Ingham County Bar Association Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee
Ingham County Bar Association Bench Bar Committee, 2003 - Present
Former President; Vice President; Treasurer; Ingham County Bar Association
Former Co-Chair, Ingham County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Board of Directors; Former Member, Ingham County Bar Association
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1999-Present
Life Member, National Registry of Who's Who, 1998-Present
Best Lawyers consumer's guide, 2001
Best Lawyers in America, Specialty DWI/DUI defense, 2009-2010
National Registers Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, 2001 - 2002
Life Member, Kingston's National Registry of Who's Who for Contribution to the Profession and Community, 2003 Edition
Princeton Who's Who of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2010 Edition
Baird and Zulakis, P.C., was established in Lansing in 1980 and relocated to offices in Okemos in 1986. Our firm has long been a trusted resource for parents, students, and others across the cultural spectrum of Mid-Michigan, with attorney George Zulakis becoming the criminal defense lawyer of choice for many elected officials, law enforcement personnel, physicians, business leaders and other attorneys when they, or their family members, are in trouble.