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Sterling Law first opened its doors in March 2001 in a historic clapboard

building that originally housed one of Empire Michigan’s general stores.

Previously, Lea Ann Sterling practiced law for two decades in Columbus,

Ohio, focusing her work on civil rights, family law, and social justice. After

moving with her family to Empire, she established Sterling Law initially in

partnership with renowned civil rights attorney, Dean Robb. Mr. Robb

subsequently moved his primary office to his hometown of Suttons Bay

and remained a mentor to Sterling Law for many years until his passing

in 2018.

Sterling Law has since grown to include several attorneys, a legal assistant, a bookkeeper, and an office manager. Geographically, the firm’s caseload was initially drawn throughout Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Benzie, and Wexford counties. However, demand has expanded services throughout much of the Northern Michigan Region above and below the bridge.

The main office is located on Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City and gives clients a warm, welcoming, comfortable setting in which to meet and collaborate with the very friendly and caring staff. Clients will find the same warm and friendly welcome at the northeast Michigan office in downtown Gaylord.


Success Story



Your time was always well spent on necessary research, preparation, all areas pertaining to my case - often beyond my expectations, always with beneficial results.  Your advice and forethought plus experience was appreciated.  Under such emotional circumstances it was a great comfort to put my trust in your judgment.

- Divorce Client