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HIGHER HELP: Thomas M.J. Lavigne, Attorney At Law

Posted on | August 7, 2012 | No Comments


Thomas MJ. Lavigne, Attorney At Law
Cannabis Counsel: Thomas MJ. Lavigne, Attorney At Law

Thomas MJ Lavigne, JD has been practicing business law successfully for more than 20 years. He provides business law services for businesses aiming to serve patients and caregivers under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (“MMMA”).  Lavigne also provides legal services in criminal defense and civil rights cases.

Lavigne began his career in Hawaii, right out of law school, the 1st of 3 state’s bars to which he is now admitted to practice law: Michigan, Hawaii, and North Carolina.  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the District of Hawaii, and the Eastern and Central Districts of North Carolina.  Lavigne is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Fourth Circuit.

Lavigne served as General Counsel and VP of Business Development at IDEACore, LLC in Birmingham, Michigan from 2000 to 2010.  A powerful software patent was obtained for the company, which involved working closely on prosecuting the patent through several office actions before being granted.  Government contracts and Fortune 500 customer contracts were often negotiated to avoid over-reaching.  Lavigne himself mastered the systems engineering methodologies of Quality Function Deployment, Analytical Hierarchy Process, TRIZ and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis; all of which he now applies to the practice of law, as an original member of Cannabis Counsel PLC, founded 4/20/2010.

Lavigne worked as a trial lawyer for four years in the sand-hills of North Carolina, where you can golf 12 months per year.  His general practice included criminal defense, personal injury, wills, trusts, real estate, and government liability in North Carolina.

Lavigne worked with Riecker VanDam, Barker and Black in Midland Michigan when he first returned to his home state of Michigan in the late nineties, doing a variety of tax law for non-profits, complex business litigation verses Enron, criminal defense.

The day he passed his first bar exam, Thomas Lavigne filed in federal court, in Hawaii, a high profile Civil RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), against a long list of defendants, including the Governor of Hawaii; the Mayor of Honolulu; City Councilmen; the State Senator and State Representative both chairmen of the Land Use Committees, respectively; and several foreign nationals who were bribing said government officials, which bribes were found by the Federal Elections Commission to violate the prohibition against foreign campaign contributions; and their bribery agents were sued too for the pattern of racketeering activity (later implicated in the White House presidential suites for sale to criminal elements from the far east).  This was a pro bono case representing a dozen farmer families who had farmed Maunawili Valley, some for centuries.  Private Japanese golf course development corporations run by Korean Yakuza gangsters shot farmers’ cattle, served false eviction notices, in order to intimidate the farmers off of their farms. When a political hack was appointed to preside over summary eviction proceedings in State Court, Lavigne successfully argued a Writ of Mandamus granted by the Supreme Court of Hawaii, one of only a few granted in the State’s legal history at the time.  One of Lavigne’s first oral arguments was in the US District Court for the District of Hawaii, opposite over a dozen of the top lawyer’s from the biggest Honolulu law firms, including three former state bar presidents.

Lavigne also represented neighborhoods of home owners exercising their rights under Hawaii’s Land Reform Act.  This Act allows neighborhoods to petition the State to institute Eminent Domain, or Condemnation actions against the British Missionaries which five entities had owned all of the land in Hawaii until this law rescued homeowners who had all rented the land under their homes.  Lavigne successfully argued to uphold the constitutionality of this law at the Supreme Court of Hawaii.

Lavigne also succeeded in an Employment Discrimination case against the University of Hawaii and served as a guardian Ad Litem appointed by the court to represent children in child abuse cases, as well as child abuse defense, reunifying families torn apart by a broken system.

You can reach Mr. Lavigne here: Cannabis Counsel * 2930 E. Jefferson Ave * Detroit, MI 48027 * 313-446-2235 * * The Leaders in Marijuana Law – or via their website here:


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