Stuart M. Collis, Esq.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Stuart is running for judge in the 14A District Court because after over 25 years of litigating cases, he has personally witnessed the injustices and unfairness inherent in the system. Stuart believes that the court system has a duty to correct those problems and to lessen the burden of the system on all individuals. He strongly believes in the concepts of justice and fair play and does not believe that anyone should be unfairly disadvantaged in the legal system, whether the case is a criminal or civil matter.

Michigan District Courts handle a variety of matters, including small claims, traffic, landlord-tenant, civil matters under $25,000, and misdemeanor criminal charges. While these cases may seem small in nature, Stuart understands these cases have a direct and immediate impact on individual’s lives. Therefore, the utmost care and consideration must be given to each case before the court.

Having practiced in nearly every district court in Michigan, Stuart will bring an educated and unparalleled expert perspective to the 14A District Court. Stuart is licensed to practice in three states: Michigan, Illinois, and New York. He also is licensed to practice in the following Federal Courts: the United States Tax Court, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan, and the Southern District of Indiana. This unique resume has allowed Stuart to see what policies and court procedures work well for people and which do not. Therefore, it is his mission to make sure that the court system works for the people which he will serve.

Further preparing Stuart for the bench is his long history in mediation. Beginning in 1997, Stuart started mediating small claims cases. He continues his work as a mediator to date, not only in Washtenaw County, but having been appointed by judges in Jackson and Oakland County to mediate cases.

Stuart graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1991 with a double major in history and political science. He then attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, where he had the privilege of being on the law review. He graduated from there with cum laude honors and in the top 17% of his class in September 1995.

He has been a speaker and presenter for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Washtenaw Area Apartment Association, and the National Creditor’s Bar. Stuart also has published numerous legal articles, several which have been published and re-published. Excerpts of one of his legal briefs even was published on the cover of the Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section’s Newsletter.

When Stuart is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his wife Nancy, a former Pontiac police officer, his two children, and their dog. His hobbies include softball, soccer, bridge, reading, writing, and gaming.

Published Works

  • Reconsidering Small Claims, republished in Washtenaw Area Apartment Association Newsletter, May 2019
  • Reconsidering Small Claims, Washtenaw Legal News, November 2017
  • Reconsidering Small Claims, Detroit Legal News, November 2017
  • Animals and the Law: Maintenance of the Status Quo, UPA, in Animals In Human Society: Amazing Creatures Who Share Our Planet (Ed. Moorhead), November 2015
  • Revised Periodic Garnishment Law, Res Ipsa Loquitur (Washtenaw County Bar Association News), July/August 2015
  • Interest Rates & Billing Fees, Veterinary Law, June 1999
  • Bounced Checks, Veterinary Law, April 1999
  • Hiring & Firing, Veterinary Law, October 1998
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund Update, Veterinary Law, September 1998
  • When A Client Requests Patient Records, Veterinary Law, August 1998
  • Can Michigan Citizens Constitutionally Feed The Birds?, State Bar of Michigan Newsletter: Animal Law Section, June 1998
  • Eastpointe Residents Upset Over Bird’s Fate, Associated Press, March 1998
  • Will Awards For Pain & Suffering Affect Your Bottom Line?, Veterinary Law, February 1998
  • Michigan Consumer Protection Act, Veterinary Law, October 1997
  • Awards For Pain & Suffering: The Owner’s Or The Patient’s?, Veterinary Law, August 1997
  • Noncompetition Clauses, Veterinary Law, June 1997
  • Patient Records – How Long Should I Keep Them?, Veterinary Law, April 1997
  • Abandoned Animals, Veterinary Law, February 1997

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker/Presenter, Washtenaw Area Apartment Association, “Lunch and Learn,” 2021.
  • Speaker/Presenter, Washtenaw Area Apartment Association, “Legal Corner,” 2021.
  • Speaker/Presenter, Washtenaw Area Apartment Association, “Navigating the Courts and Evictions in a COVID World,” 2020.
  • Speaker/Presenter, National Creditors Bar Association, “Landlord-Tenant Collection Issues,” 2019.
  • Speaker/Presenter, Washtenaw Area Apartment Association, “What Every Landlord Should Know About Collections,” 2019.
  • Speaker/Presenter, Washtenaw Area Apartment Association, “Security Deposits,” 2019.
  • Speaker/Presenter, Washtenaw Area Apartment Association Trade Fair, Fair Housing, 2018.
  • Speaker/Presenter, Washtenaw Area Apartment Association, “Legal Eviction Process: Or How to Lose Bad Tenants and Not Get Sued in the Process,” 2018.
  • Speaker and moderator, Creditor’s Rights Seminar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2001
  • Speaker, Semi-Annual Conference, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, 1998
  • Speaker/Presenter, Institute of Continuing Legal Education Creditor’s Rights Seminar, 2001
  • Speaker/Presenter, Animal Law, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association Semi-Annual Conference, 1998