The Founder - Thomas Hetchler

Mr. Hetchler is currently retired from private practice, but continues to serve in an advisory role for MVL.

Tom retired from active duty military service in the US Army after nearly 23 years of service. He opened his solo law practice to serve the business community and to help veterans in business by providing superb legal services in a professional and confidential manner without costing a fortune. Tom volunteers on the Ingham County Board of Veterans Affairs.   He serves on the advisory board to help ensure veterans get the care they need, when they need it.  He is also a member of the American Legion

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Lori Herr - Attorney - Family Law, Custody Issues, and Estate Planning

Lori Herr is a solo practitioner at Heisler Law Office. Ms. Herr attended law school at Thomas M. Cooley law school where she was a member of the Dean’s List, Real Estate Society, and Women’s Law Alliance.
She practices in the areas of Family Law including: divorce, separation, child custody, child support, spousal support, domestic abuse, co-habitation agreements, and property rights. Ms. Herr is also certified as a general civil and domestic relations mediator; she believes in helping parties reach resolutions, saving each party time and expense.
Ms. Herr is an expert in the area of military family law. She takes pride in helping military servicemembers relating to the issues of divorce, child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal support, retirement divisions, separation agreement, reunifications, and post judgment modifications. She understands the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Tricare, and terms including BAH, LES, and BAS and how these forms of income interrelate to family support during a military separation or divorce.
Ms. Herr is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Ingham County Bar Association, Eaton County Bar Association, American Bar Association, and she is currently the Vice-President of the Mid-Michigan Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan.
Contact Information:

919 Chester Rd., Suite B,

Lansing, MI 48912
Tel: (517) 908-3483      Fax: (517) 908-3481


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Steven Dulan - Attorney - Criminal Law, Property Law, Firearm Law, and Bankruptcy

Steve Dulan got his first legal experience as a Corrections NCO for A Co. 1/5 Cav, 1CD at Fort Hood, TX while serving as a Bradley Gunner and Assistant Squad Leader. After ETS, he returned to Michigan State University, graduating in 1991 and then attending Cooley Law School on a full scholarship. If he ever runs into then-Captain Harrison, one of the First Cavalry Division JAG officers, he will thank her for suggesting law school to a young Infantry E-5.
Since graduating law school, Steve has served as an Adjunct Professor at Baker University, Cleary University, Lansing Community College, Adrian College, The Ohio State University, and Cooley Law School teaching a variety of courses including Legal Research, Legal Writing, Real Estate Law (coming from a Real Estate Family, Steve has had a Michigan Real Estate License since 1983), International Business Law, Legal Issues in National Security, Entertainment Law, Bankruptcy, and Gun Control Seminar. Mr. Dulan has had numerous professional publications and appearances at seminars and symposia as well as local and national media appearances.
From 2005-2010, Steve served as a civilian volunteer instructor of Squad Designated Marksmen supporting the Army Marksmanship Unit during one-week SDM courses at various CONUS locations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners and previously served as a School Board member at Lansing Charter Academy.  Mr. Dulan is a member of The American Legion, Mensa, The Federalist Society, and an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association. He often teaches the legal portion of the Michigan Concealed Pistol License class and Continuing Education classes for Michigan Real Estate Licensees.
Mr. Dulan is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Colorado and admitted to practice in all Federal Courts in Michigan as well as the 6th Circuit United States Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Contact Information:
The Law Offices of Steven W. Dulan, PLC
1750 East Grand River Ave, Suite 101
East Lansing, MI 48823
Tel: (517) 332-3149    
Fax: (517) 333-1691


Michigan Veterans Law (MVL) was founded with a singular purpose - to provide affordable legal services for Veterans, Service-Members and their families. The MVL Network of attorneys provides legal services in the following areas:

VA Appeals, Discharge Upgrades, Social Security, Family Law & Custody Issues, Estate Planning, Property Law, Firearm Law, Criminal Law, Business Law and Bankruptcy.

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This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~ Elmer Davis

Michigan Veterans Law

919 Chester Road, Suite B

Lansing, MI  48912

Daniel Shawl - Attorney - VA Appeals, Discharge Upgrades, Social Security Appeals, and Business Law

Dan is a VA-accredited attorney with a true passion for kicking the VA square in the teeth - no organization in the country deserves it more. While the VA is currently making small improvements to its system, it is a long way from treating every Veteran with the fairness and dignity that they deserve. In addition to VA Appeals, Dan can help you with upgrading a military discharge, applying for and appealing Social Security benefits, and helping to create small businesses and keep them in compliance.

Dan currently serves as the Managing Member of Michigan Veterans Law. Dan graduated with Honors from Cooley Law school where he served as not only the President of the Military Veterans Law Student Association, but also the first Business Editor of the Homeland and National Security Law Review. He also holds a Business degree from Eastern Michigan University and formerly worked as a Financial Advisor.

Like his father before him, Dan is a Veteran of the US Navy, and currently serves as the Treasurer for a local Veteran-based non-profit - Boat4Vets. He is also a member of his local American Legion Post. As a veteran with multiple members of his family also having served, Dan has dedicated his legal expertise to helping his brothers and sisters in arms in the battles to get them the benefits that they deserve.

Contact Information:
919 Chester Rd., Suite B,
Lansing, MI 48912
Tel: (517) 908-3484      Fax: (517) 908-3481


You can read his blog here.