Robert C. Gardella



Brighton, MI



(810) 225-7730


Robert C. ("Bob) Gardella is a trial attorney and general practice attorney primarily serving Livingston County and southeast Michigan. His areas of practice are family law, divorce, collections, criminal defense, juvenile defense, corporate law, business law, limited liability companies, real estate, oil & gas law, labor and employment law, motor carrier law, personal injury, probate, wills and trusts, commercial law, and civil litigation.

Mr. Gardella is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan and before the U.S. District Courts for Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Gardella is a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Advocacy, and earned a B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He is a former law clerk to Livingston County 44th Circuit Court Judge Daniel Burress of Howell, Michigan, and a former associate attorney for Burchfield, Park & Associates, P.C.

He is a former president of the Livingston County Bar Association. In addition, he is a former Chairman of the Representative Assembly for the State Bar of Michigan. He served on the Representative Assembly from 1999 through 2008. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and the Livingston County Bar Association.  He served on the State Bar of Michigan, Board of Commissioners from 2005-2008 and 2014-2018.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law and Divorce
  • Criminal Defense
  • Transportation and Motor Carrier Law
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Residential and Commercial Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Zoning and Land Use Development Planning
  • Plaintiff and Defendant Debt Collection
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes and Bad Faith
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Probate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
    • B.A.
    • Major: Journalism

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award for Advocacy
  • Fellow of American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of Michigan Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member, 1993
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member, Representative Assembly, 1999 to 2008
  • State Bar of Michigan, Chairman of Representative Assembly, 2007 to 2008
  • State Bar of Michigan, Vice Chair of Representative Assembly, 2006 to 2007
  • State Bar of Michigan, Clerk of Representative Assembly, 2005 to 2006
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member, Board of Commissioners, 2005 to 2008
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member, Board of Commissioners, 2014 to 2018
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Livingston County Bar Association, President, 1998 to 1999
  • Livingston County Bar Association, Vice President, 1997 to 1998
  • Livingston County Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer, 1996 to 1997

Past Employment Positions

  • Livingston County 44th Circuit Court Judge Daniel Burress, Howell, Michigan, Law Clerk
  • Burchfield, Park & Associates, P.C., Associate

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