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With over 90 years of combined legal experience, Allsopp Wackerly & Blossom serves clients in Bay and the surrounding counties in a variety of legal arenas.   

 

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William W. Allsopp

William ("Bill") W. Allsopp focuses his practice on the areas of business, education/school representation, estate planning, probate estates and trust administration, municipal, and labor law.  Bill began his career while in law school as a member of the legal department of The Dow Chemical Company.  After leaving Dow, he served as the Law Clerk for the Honorable Donald E. Holbrook of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Bill began working in general private practice in 1977.  He has served as counsel for the Bay City Public Schools since July 1984.  He also serves as counsel for Bangor Township Schools, Beaverton Rural Schools, Caseville Schools, Essexville-Hampton Public Schools, and Bay Arenac Community High School.  Bill is co-counsel for the City of Bay City, where he works primarily in the areas of labor law, finance, bankruptcy, and collection issues.  He also represents the Bay City Housing Commission on a wide range of issues including landlord/tenant, fair housing, labor and municipal law matters.  He has represented his municipal clients in all facets of municipal law including bankruptcy matters, labor law and litigation at the state, federal, appellate, and administrative agency levels.  

Bill has also been involved in the general practice of law and represented numerous individual, corporate, and business clients over the past 40 years.  He has been actively involved in real estate, estate planning and administration, labor law, bankruptcy, and business organization and reorganization.  He is a certified arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and has participated in hundreds of arbitration proceedings as an advocate for several school districts, the City of Bay City, and private entities and individuals.  When ADR has not resolved a dispute, Bill has litigated issues in virtually all Michigan and Eastern District of Michigan (federal) courts on a variety of topics, including employment, civil rights, bankruptcy, and tax collection issues.

When is away from the office, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.  He can often be found in the Michigan outdoors running, hiking, biking, or boating.

You can reach Bill via email at wallsopp@awblawfirm.com.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1976

ALMA COLLEGE
Bachelor of Business Administration, 1973

Activities & Affiliations

  • Member, National Organization on Legal Problems in Education
  • Certified Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Board of Directors, Michigan Council of School Attorneys
  • Member, National Council of School Attorneys
  • Instructor, Delta College and Central Michigan University

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Bay County Bar Association, Past President
 

 
 

Neil P. Wackerly

Neil P. Wackerly began his legal career as solo practitioner in general private practice in 1977.  He began working on municipal matters for the City of Essexville shortly thereafter.  In 1979, he accepted a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Bay County Prosecutor's Office, where he worked until 1985.  In that time span, he acted as coordinator of the Welfare Fraud Program, and ultimately, director of the Career Offender Program.  As a prosecutor, he gained extensive experience in the district, circuit, and appellate Michigan courts.

In 1985, Neil co-founded what would ultimately become the firm of Allsopp Wackerly.  He serves as co-counsel for the City of Bay City, emphasizing prosecution of criminal and civil violations, enforcement of the various City codes, and drafting of ordinances.  He has served the City as counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Commission, City Commission, the Building and Fire Boards of Appeal, the Treasurer, City Manager, and Mayor.  He has assisted the various City departments with the drafting and amendment of numerous ordinances, the adoption of various construction codes, and the interpretation and drafting of contracts.  He is regarded as one of the area's leading municipal law experts.

Neil is no stranger to the courtroom, having tried over 100 jury trials and over 1,000 bench trials as the City Attorney.  His work includes review of police reports, conducting pre-trials, authorizing criminal charges, and frequently working hand-in-hand with the Bay City Public Safety Department.  His prosecutorial experience exceeds that of all but a few of the current longest-serving prosecuting attorneys in the area.  Neil also has practiced extensively in the areas of family law, estate planning, estate administration, and real estate.

Outside of work, you will find Neil spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, traveling, playing racquetball at the Y, or on the golf course.

You can reach Neil via email at nwackerly@awblawfirm.com.

 

Education

DETROIT COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1977

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science, 1973

Activities & Affiliations

  • Member, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Bay County Bar Association, Past President
 

 
 
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Marcie Klida Blossom

Marcie began her legal career in 2006 with the firm of Shinners & Cook in Saginaw, Michigan, where her practice concentrated primarily in business, real estate, and estate planning.  She later worked as the Staff Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Bay County, before joining Allsopp Wackerly in June of 2015, later adding "Blossom" to the firm in 2017.  Marcie's primary areas of practice include estate planning (wills and trusts), Medicaid planning, probate estate and trust administration, family law (divorce, custody, paternity, adoption),  and municipal law.  

In her free time, Marcie enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and extended family, taking her dog for long walks, traveling, reading, boating, and staying active.  

You can reach Marcie via email at mblossom@awblawfirm.com.

 

Education

THE THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2006

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts, 2003

Activities & Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Bay County Bar Association
  • Member, All Saints Parish
  • Instructor, Dow Bay Area Family Y

Bar Admissions

  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Bay County Bar Association, Past President

 

Meet our top-notch staff:


Holly Gatza, Legal Assistant to Attorney Allsopp, hgatza@awblawfirm.com

Dani Klida-Snider, Legal Assistant to Attorneys Wackerly & Blossom, dsnider@awblawfirm.com

Stephanie Meyer, Receptionist, smeyer@awblawfirm.com