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Attorney graduates from Leadership Jackson program

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Eric Kyser, an attorney with Abbott, Thomson, Mauldin, Parker & Beer, PLC, in Jackson, graduated April 9 from Leadership Jackson, in a program at the Michigan Theatre hosted by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and presented by South Central Michigan Works.

Kyser was one of several graduates from a program designed to enhance leadership skills for individual growth, organizational improvement and increased community effectiveness.

Participants are required to attend two 2-hour sessions a month for seven months; work with a mentor and write a one-page report describing the experience; attend one meeting each of Jackson City Council, Jackson County Commissioners, and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, and attend a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. Graduates then volunteer on a committee or on a board of directors at a non-profit of their choice.

"Leadership Jackson was a great opportunity to meet other business professionals, learn more about the business community in Jackson, and work on skills that help make you a better and more productive team member," Kyser says. "I would recommend the program to anyone interested in those opportunities."

Interested in government since his student days at Hanover-Horton High School, Kyser earned his undergrad degree in political science, cum laude, at Albion College, and saw a career in the law as a natural fit for his interest. He received his J.D., from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 2007, where he was a Reinberger Fellow, and a member of both the Criminal Law Society and the Environmental Law Society.

While experienced in a variety of areas, his current practice is devoted to business and corporate law, labor and employment law, estate planning, and family law.

"I enjoy working as an attorney because I enjoy problem solving, and find it very rewarding to help my clients find solutions to their problems," he says.

A member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Jackson County Bar Association, where he served as vice president 2010-11, Kyser previously worked as a public defender in Lenawee County.

"It was an opportunity to get invaluable experience in the courtroom early in my career," he says. "Appearing in court on a daily basis helped me gain a great deal of confidence in public speaking and presenting an argument in the courtroom setting."

Serving as defense counsel for the Sobriety Court in Lenawee County was a very rewarding experience. "By being part of the team I was able to be personally involved in making positive changes in the lives of others," he says.

A lifelong resident of Jackson County, he enjoys living and working in close proximity to friends and family. In his leisure time he enjoys golfing, rooting for the Detroit Lions, home improvement, and spending time with his wife, Lauren, and son, Jack.

Active in the Jackson community, Kyser volunteers in various organizations. He has previously served on the board of directors for Jackson County Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as an officer of the Lenawee County Community Corrections Advisory Board.

"My wife Lauren and I were both raised, and continue to enjoy living, in Hanover Township," he says. "I enjoy and take pride in being a part of the Jackson community. Jackson is a great place to live and work for many reasons, but the relationships I have and continue to develop with my friends and neighbors are the most enjoyable aspect."

Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

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