Stuart M. Collis, Esq.


Stuart Collis is an attorney licensed in the states of Michigan, New York, and Illinois. He also is licensed to practice before the Federal Courts in the Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan, Southern District of Indiana, Tax Court, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he was on law review and graduated with cum laude honors.

He has been a speaker on issues of animal law at the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association’s semi-annual conference and a speaker and moderator for Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education on a variety of topics. He is an expert in collections and has over two decades of civil litigation, family law, and criminal law experience.

Mr. Collis is a trained mediator and has extensive experience with case evaluation procedures. He has also served on a number of state and national organizations, including NARCA, WCBA, MCBA, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture’s Companion Animal Committee. Mr. Collis has been published extensively, including several republications. He has created and presented numerous educational sessions for interested organizations.

Areas of Practice

  • Collections/Creditor’s Rights
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Paternity
  • Criminal Law
  • Driver’s License Restoration
  • DUI/OWI/drunk driving/traffic

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Mediator

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1996
  • New York, 2003
  • Illinois, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1997


  • Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude – 1995
    • Honors: Top 17% Graduate
    • Law Review: Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law Review
  • University of Michigan
    • B.A. – 1991

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
  • 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


  • Speaker/Presenter, National Creditors Bar Association, “Landlord-Tenant Collection Issues,” Washington DC, 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/Presenter, Institute of Continuing Legal Education Creditor’s Rights Seminar, 2001
  • Speaker, Semi-Annual Conference, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, 1998
  • Speaker/Presenter, Animal Law, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association Semi-Annual Conference, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • National Creditor’s Bar Association
  • Michigan Creditor’s Bar Association
  • Washtenaw County Apartment Association
  • Property Association Management of Michigan
  • National Apartment Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Stuart M. Collis, PC, Owner

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