Founded in 1983 by respected Iron Mountain attorneys John L. Mouw (retired and serving as Of Counsel) and Richard J. Celello (current Circuit Judge of the 41st Circuit Court for Dickinson County, Michigan), the Law Firm of Mouw & Celello, PC, has been providing full service professional legal representation to clients from throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Northeast Wisconsin for 32 years. The firm’s seven active attorneys (including six past Presidents of the Dickinson-Iron County Bar Association) provide a vast array of skills and experiences, and the firm’s team approach to your legal issues can help ensure that your needs are met.
David B. Celello
David joined the Law Firm in 1984 and has focused on representing injured workers by guiding them through Michigan’s complex Workers’ Compensation laws and is the senior member of the Law Firm’s personal injury litigation team. David continues to fight to protect the rights of members of Michigan Laborer’s Local 1329, United Steel Workers, United Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and other union members on all worker related injury, labor, and employment disputes.
Gerald N. Pirkola
Gerald is a skilled trial attorney who has obtained millions of dollars in jury verdicts for his clients and, together with David and Rob, rounds out the Law Firm’s litigation team. During his twenty years with the Law Firm, he has practiced in federal courts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and is licensed in Michigan and Wisconsin. Gerry serves our community as City Attorney for the City of Iron Mountain and litigation counsel for Dickinson County Healthcare System. He is an experienced medical malpractice litigator familiar with all facets of this intricate area of law.
Michael P. Celello
Michael a veteran of the United States Army, served the citizens of Dickinson County, Michigan, as an assistant prosecuting attorney and currently serves as General Counsel to Dickinson County Healthcare System and is the Assistant City Attorney for Iron Mountain, Michigan. He has represented criminal clients in negligent homicide, drunk driving causing death, and serious drug cases as well as drunk driving and other general criminal matters including overturning lower court decisions on appeal. He provides Family Law advice and representation to divorce clients and clients struggling with child support and custody issues. Mike serves as legal counsel to several business clients throughout the Law Firm’s service area and has structured the purchase and sale of local businesses including those requiring approval of Michigan’s Liquor Control Commission.
Grant T. Carlson
Grant is the City Attorney for the City of Norway, MI. Grant also heads up the Law Firm’s general legal team serving clients in Michigan and Wisconsin in criminal, Family Law, divorce, child custody and parenting time, probate, property, business, and consumer matters. Grant handles collection cases for local businesses and bank foreclosures on behalf of local banks. He has extensive experience representing clients charged with driving while licensed suspended, domestic violence, and drunk driving and has obtained “Not Guilty” verdicts for criminal clients. He has a proven record of success in gaining restoration of client driver’s licenses through appeals to both the Michigan Secretary of State Driver License Appeal Division and the circuit court. Grant began his legal career in Marquette, Michigan, and joined Mouw & Celello in 2002.
Robert A. Pirkola
Robert is a long-standing member of our Law Firm’s Litigation Team who has successfully represented clients with legal issues in numerous legal fields. Licensed in both Michigan and Wisconsin, and admitted to practice in the federal courts for Michigan’s Western District, Wisconsin’s Eastern and Western Districts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, Robert is actively seeking to help potential clients with a large variety of civil and criminal issues. Robert has also handled appeals to Circuit Courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Robert also devotes a large part of his practice to the assistance of disabled clients in obtaining Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits.
He also practices Criminal Defense in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula including Dickinson, Marquette, Delta, Menominee, Iron and surrounding counties. He also practices in Northern Wisconsin, including Florence, Marinette, Forest, Vilas, and Iron counties. Robert has helped hundreds of clients with their criminal defense needs.
Michael J. Scholke
Michael joined the firm in 2010 after engaging in private practice for a number of years. Michael specializes in criminal and family law matters, as well as working as a part of the firm’s general legal team. He represents clients in Dickinson and Iron Counties in Michigan; and Florence, Forest, Marinette, and Oconto Counties in Wisconsin. He has vast experience handling felony and misdemeanor criminal matters in both Michigan and Wisconsin.
Anthony E. Cavalieri
Anthony rounds out the firm’s general legal team.
He practices a large variety of legal issues including criminal defense, personal injury litigation, environmental law, real estate and property law, and other civil matters. He also serves as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Iron Mountain. Anthony is the firm's newest attorney, having joined in 2014.
Paul D. Poulson
Paul actively worked with the firm from 1986 to 2010. He has since retired, but remains serving as of counsel.
Even if you don’t see your specific legal issue listed under any of our attorneys, give us a call and we will hear you out.
Mouw & Celello, PC, is Upper Michigan and Northeast Wisconsin’s full service professional legal team.
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