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Jeffrey T. Kortes

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Jeffrey T. Kortes has established himself as one of the preeminent criminal defense attorneys in West Michigan. Jeff has successfully represented clients in State and Federal Courts on a variety of charges. Most recently Jeff has won cases at trial including Criminal Sexual Conduct-First Degree, Domestic Violence, Impersonating a Police Officer, Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, Operating While Intoxicated-Third Offense Felony, Operating While Intoxicated, Home Invasion First Degree, Home Invasion Third Degree and several others.

Case Results Include:

  • Successfully represented an individual charged with Open Murder by getting the charges dismissed after a thorough and aggressive eight-month investigation.
  • Won a sentencing guideline scoring issue in the Michigan Court of Appeals that resulted in a reduction of three years or half the client's original sentence.
  • Won a Romeo and Juliet provision interpretation in the Michigan Court of Appeals after taking the case over from another attorney.
  • Filed a Statute of Limitations motion that resulted in Criminal Sexual Assault charges being dismissed.
  • Featured on the Discovery ID channel's show "Fear Thy Neighbor" episode entitled: Game of Homes
  • Represented an individual during Grand Jury proceedings in Federal and State Court regarding identity theft, conspiracy, wire fraud and missing person charges.
  • Represented a co-owner of a Title Company regarding embezzlement and fraud. After several months of investigation and negotiations with prosecutors, my client did not get charged with any crime and owed no restitution. 


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2003
  • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    • B.A.A. - 1986
    • Major: Broadcasting
    • Minor: Advertising

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense 100%

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2003

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Michigan Bar Association, Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Trial & Litigation Section, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • NCDD

Past Positions

  • Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C., Attorney, 2006 to 2012
  • Jeffrey T. Kortes, P.C., Attorney, 2003 to 2006

Current Employment Position

  • Partner