Learn About Our History

Decades of experience

For over a decade, The Harkness Law Firm PLLC has been proudly serving the community of Okemos and the greater Michigan area with unwavering dedication and legal expertise. Our firm is committed to providing exceptional legal services across a diverse range of practice areas, including Municipal Law, Family Law, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, and more. With a deep understanding of Michigan’s legal landscape and a strong presence in the local community, we have built a reputation for excellence, integrity, and client-centered advocacy.
At The Harkness Law Firm PLLC, we believe in the power of personalized legal solutions. Our experienced attorneys take the time to understand each client’s unique needs and goals, crafting tailored strategies to achieve the best possible outcomes. Whether you are facing a complex legal dispute, navigating a sensitive family matter, or seeking guidance for business formation, our team is here to support you with skilled representation and compassionate counsel.

Rooted in Okemos and extending our services throughout Michigan, we are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of our clients and the community we serve. Trust The Harkness Law Firm PLLC to be your steadfast legal partner, committed to protecting your rights and guiding you through every legal challenge with expertise and care.

Cullen Harkness

Managing Attorney

Managing Attorney Cullen Harkness’ practice areas include criminal defense, family law, landlord-tenant collections, estate administration and planning, auto accident litigation, and general civil litigation. Mr. Harkness specializes in municipal law serving as the Prosecuting Attorney for Meridian Township, City Attorney for the City of Albion, City Attorney for the City of Eaton Rapids, and as special counsel for Leoni Township. Committed to serving both his clients and his community, Mr. Harkness is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Ingham County Bar Association, the Meridian Area Business Association and the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club.

Mr. Harkness received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University in 2004 and his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007. He was admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan in 2008. He was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 2018.

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John "Max" Habermann


Paralegal and Office Manager John “Max” Habermann oversees the day to day operations of the firm. He maintains the dockets and processes discovery requests for the firm municipal clients, interacts with clients, oversees firm client billing, drafts various pleadings, discovery and motions, and aids in client development.

Mr. Habermann graduated from Grand Valley University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Mr. Habermann then went on to complete a paralegal certificate program at Lansing Community College in 2013.

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Important Things To Help You


Yes. We offer free consultations for the first 30 minutes.

At the time of your consultation, you will know which attorney will be primarily assigned to your case. Our office also has a team of support staff working on all of our files.

Please bring all relevant documents and information that might be pertinent to your legal matter. It is better to show up with too much information rather than not enough.

Each case is different. Generally, the duration and complexity of your cases determines the ultimate total costs. Short simple cases are generally inexpensive, while long complex cases are more costly.

It depends on what kind legal services you need. Most of our cases require a retainer (money up front) that we bill from at an hourly rate. Once the retainer is exhausted, you receive a monthly bill for any additional legal services provided beyond the retainer. On some cases we simply do a flat fee for all of the legal services provided. On personal injury cases we offer payment via a contingency arrangement. A contingency arrangement means the legal fees are deducted from the final settlement.

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