PINSKY, SMITH, FAYETTE & KENNEDY, LLP

PROTECTING WORKING PEOPLE & THEIR FAMILIES

MCKAY TOWER

146 Monroe Center  NW Suite 805

Grand Rapids  Michigan  49503-2818

Erin Dornbos

Sarah Riley Howard

For Erin Dornbos, the practice of law is a second career. She spent the early years of her professional life fostering health and wellness in the US and abroad, including partnering with people and programs in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe on behalf of an international NGO. Her desire to help others in a more specialized way informed her decision to pursue a degree in law—a decision partly inspired by her husband’s pursuit of a second career in law (she started law school as soon as he wrapped up).  She’s an active supporter of the Democratic party and of international refugee and relief organizations. Diligence and empathy are at the heart of her work. She and her husband have two young children and love living, boating, and hiking along the lakeshore, and adventuring to new places. World travel aside, Erin’s roots are firmly planted in the soil—she grew up on a family farm and enjoys sharing the agrarian traditions and community she grew up with, with her children.

Expertise

  • Employment law
  • Title IX investigations
  • Criminal defense

 

Education

  • BS, Calvin College, 2001
  • MA, University of London: Institute of Education, 2006
  • JD, Michigan State University College of Law, 2015

 

Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
    (West Michigan Chapter)

Recognition

  • Jurisprudence Awards (for highest marks in Criminal Law, Applied Evidence, Torts, Media Law, and International Civil Litigation), MSU College of Law
  • Faculty Scholarship, full tuition, MSU College of Law
  • Advocacy Oral Argument Competition winner (first among 270 students), MSU College of Law

 

Other experience

  • Directed study, HIPAA Matrix Project, State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section (2015)
  • Teaching assistant, Michigan State University College of Law (2014-2015)
  • Legal extern, North Ottawa Health Systems General Counsel (2014)
  • Legal extern, Kalamazoo County 9th Judicial Circuit Court (2014)
  • Research assistant, MSU College of Law (2013-2014)
  • Former health coach, health management coordinator, and immunization registry outreach specialist (2006-2011)
  • Former program facilitator, administrative assistant, and intern; World Renew, Grand Rapids & Guatemala (2001-2005)

Cases of note

  • MIKOLOWSKI v. 91ST DISTRICT COURT et al., U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids
  • WYCOFF v. GORDON FOOD SERVICE, INC., U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids

PINSKY,  SMITH,  FAYETTE & KENNEDY,  LLP

MCKAY TOWER

146 Monroe Center NW  Suite 805

Grand Rapids  Michigan  49503-2818

616.451.8496

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