Stephan M. Gaus

I am at heart a trial attorney.  I also specialize in health care law, including licensing actions and I do corporate work, principally for physicians.

My trial work specializes in civil injury cases, both in matters of plaintiff’s personal injury and the defense of injury cases.  Much of my trial practice over the years has been in the area of medical malpractice. I regularly handle matters dealing with automobile negligence, insurance rights, premises liability, and first party insurance benefits. My practice is a regional practice serving the Tri-City areas of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland, however, I handle cases in a 15 county area stretching from Genesee County in the South to Ogemaw County and Iosco County to the North and the Thumb.

I have developed a practice subspecialty in the handling of matters related to medical office practice, including attacks upon medical staff privileges, attacks by arms of the state against medical licenses, mergers of medical practices, employment contracts and litigation surrounding the severing of professional relationships. Our office offers a rather complete range of practice areas for medical providers.

As an adoptive parent I have long enjoyed working in the field of adoption in the probate courts. This is a small portion of my practice, but one close to my heart and one that receives special attention from me. I am well acquainted with and have handled matters of agency adoption, foreign adoption, step-parent adoption and the growing area of direct placement adoption.

I have three grown children and seven grandchildren. I served as a trustee on the Board of Education for the Saginaw Township Community Schools from 1996 – 2004, serving one term as President.  I have served as a board member of a local Christian counseling center, the Samaritan Counseling Center, serving as the president of that board for three terms. I have served on an advisory board for another local relief organization, the Rescue Mission, which provides shelter for homeless men, women and families.  I have performed in a variety of musical groups around the area singing music in the style from sacred to silly and all in between.  From 2009 to 2015 it was my pleasure to join with Tim Grefe and others in doing benefit concerts for the Saginaw Choral Society.

I truly enjoy the practice of law and especially this somewhat diverse practice that lets me serve my clients in many ways. When not working, I enjoy most forms of music, traveling and golf.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Personal Injury
  • Contracts
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Employment Law — Employer
  • Employment Law — Employee
  • Labor Law
  • Medical Malpractice

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1978

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1978
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • B.S. Honors College magna cum laude – 1975
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Social Psychology

Published Works

  • Reporting Child Abuse, Michigan Medicine, Chapter 87, April, 1988

Representative Clients

  • J. Miles McClure, M.D.
  • Mid-Michigan Heart and Vascular Center
  • Mark Kuligowski, D.O.
  • Scott McClintock (adoption)
  • William Vandenbelt, M.D.
  • Thomas Beird, M.D.

References

  • J. Miles McClure, M.D.
  • Gretchen Grenell, McLaren Risk
  • Mark Kuligowski, D.O.
  • Thomas Beird, M.D.

Classes/Seminars

  • Criminal Justice, Saginaw Valley State University, 1988 – 90
  • Nursing Negligence, Saginaw Valley State University, 1988 – 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Robert E. Dice Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Saginaw Township Schools, Trustee, 1996 – 2004
  • Saginaw County Bar Association, Treasurer, 1984 – 1985
  • Michigan Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Smith & Brooker, P.C., Partner, 1986 – 1991
  • McGraw & Borchard, P.C., Associate, 1978 – 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, 1980 – Present