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16th Judicial Circuit Court
40 N Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5208

Talpos, John C.


A Michigan Lawyer Making a Difference for Michigan People

Michigan lawyer John C. Talpos chose a career in law in order to help people and he has been fulfilling that goal for over 43 years.

As the principal attorney at Talpos & Arnold, P.C. law firm in Michigan, Mr. Talpos is committed to helping clients change their circumstances and improve their lives beyond just the current legal issue. Over nearly a half century of legal practice Mr. Talpos has come to understand that immediate legal issues are often a symptom of greater problems that need to be addressed. Whether the issue is drunk driving, divorce or lawsuits, Mr. Talpos strives to find long-term solutions that improve clients' lives.


  • Master of Laws (LL.M) in Criminal Justice, New York University, 1971; Ford Foundation Fellowship
  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, University of Detroit, 1969
  • Bachelor's Degree (A.B.), University of Detroit, 1966

Michigan Lawyer Career History

  • Talpos & Arnold, P.C. and its predecessor law firms in Michigan, General Practice of Law — 1972 to present
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney's Office — 1971-1972
  • Michigan Court of Appeals Research attorney (prehearing); Law clerk to Justice Michael D. O'Hara, sitting by designation — 1969-1970

Admitted to Practice

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals (6th Circuit)
  • United States District Court (Eastern District of Michigan)
  • All trial and appellate courts in the State of Michigan


  • Panelist, Criminal Law Colloquim #46, New York University School of Law and CLEAR Center; "The Guilty Plea; Negotiation or Bargain"
  • Speaker at training seminars for prosecuting attorneys, presented by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan
  • Discussant-Lecturer in a program on Prisoners' Rights and Responsibilities, co-sponsored by the Prison Assistance Committee of the Detroit Young Lawyers and the Michigan Inmate Assistance Program
  • Visiting lecturer on criminal law and the Judiciary, Wayne County Community College
  • Speaker at Institute of Continuing Legal Education Seminars
  • Author, Book Review, The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions, Volume V, Edited by Leon Freeman, 1979 Det. C.L. Rev. 823


  • Union Internationale des Avocats
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association

Past & Present Professional Committees

  • Drunk Driving Committee, American Bar Association, Selection of Criminal Justice
  • Grand Jury Committee, American Bar Association Selection of Criminal Justice
  • Publications Committee, American Bar Association Selection of Criminal Justice
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section
  • Judicial Endorsement Committee, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Arbitration Association, 1975-present
  • Who's Who in American Law, 1985, 1987
  • Completed NHTSA approved course in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, 1995

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers: selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers list for all years presented in Michigan for DUI defense. Only 5% of lawyers in the state were selected for inclusion.
  • Named among the Top Lawyers of 2010 and 2011 by DBusiness magazine for family law and DUI defense
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Requested to be moderator and/or speaker at over 20 seminars for other lawyers on behalf of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education

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