J. Grobbel

Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
Phone: 248-816-5000 (Ext. 2)
Fax: 248-816-5115
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Although new to Carlin Edwards Brown, Steve Grobbel brings 29 years of law firm experience to the firm’s liquor licensing practice. For almost three decades, Steve has litigated civil, criminal, and administrative matters in state and federal courts, plus various Michigan Administrative tribunals, on behalf of a wide range of individuals, family businesses, large corporations and other sophisticated clients. His civil practice included a broad range of business-related matters, from collection and landlord-tenant cases to complex commercial litigation.

Steve has also handled a variety of criminal cases from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. For the last three years, Steve was Assistant City Attorney for the City of Harper Woods, responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor and ordinance violations. Prior to that, he spent 20-plus years as a criminal defense attorney, handling cases ranging from traffic matters and misdemeanors to serious felonies. Administratively, Steve’s practice has involved contested case hearings in front of various state governmental agencies, including the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division, Workers’ Disability Agency, and medical licensing boards.

Now, Steve’s practice will focus on liquor licensing issues, with an emphasis on representation of liquor license holders in violation hearings before the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. He is well-qualified to negotiate appropriate resolutions with the Attorney General’s Office when necessary, and to interact with the MLCC Hearing Commissioners as needed to achieve the best result possible applying Michigan’s complex Liquor Control Act.

Steve is currently the Treasurer of the Catholic Lawyers Society. Steve, his wife Kathleen, and their two daughters Keira and Taryn reside in Royal Oak, Michigan.



University of Michigan, B.A (1986)

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. (1989)


Bar Admissions:

State of Michigan (1989)

State of Illinois (1990)

Court Admissions:

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1989)

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1996)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (2001)

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We Cover the State of Michigan

From our offices in Metro Detroit, Oakland County, Lansing and Gaylord, we cover the entire state of Michigan. We work with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on a daily basis and have strong working relationships with state and local government decision makers around the state. We are also members in a national licensing network of liquor law firms, allowing us to provide representation to national and regional operators wishing to expand in other states.

Map of CEBH Hospitality Law Locations In Michigan
Gaylord Office
213 E. Main St. Second Floor
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: (989)251-1041
Fax: (989)688-5901
Lansing Office
6017 W. St. Joe Hwy, Suite 202
Lansing, MI 48917
Phone: (517)321-4616
Fax: (517)321-4642
Metro Detroit / Oakland County Office
423 N. Main Street, Suite 220
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248)816-5000
Fax: (248)816-5115
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