Exceptional Attorneys, Protecting YOUR Rights
Jerry Lykins has had a distinguished legal career as a top notch West Michigan Criminal Defense attorney for over 22 years. Jerry started his career as a well respected prosecutor in both Louisville, Kentucky and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since beginning private practice, Jerry has successfully and skillfully represented clients at all levels and in all of the courts surrounding West Michigan. Jerry has a depth of legal experience has translated into superior results for his clients.
Areas of Practice
85% Criminal Defense and Drunk Driving Defense
15% License Restoration
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Kentucky, 19ict Court Western District of Michiga
Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
J.D. – 1994
Miami of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio
B.A. – 1990
Major: Public Administration
Professional Associations and Memberships
The American Bar Association
The Michigan Bar Association
The Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Section, Criminal Law Section, Small Firm Section
Past Employment Positions
Lykins Law, President, 2006 – 2012
Lykins & Lagrand, PLC, Partner, 2000 – 2006
Kent Co. Prosecutor, Assistant, 1997 – 1998
Jefferson Co. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Louisville, Kentucky, 1995-1997
Assistant Intern City Attorney, Whitehall, Ohio, 1993
Pro Bono Activities
Big Brother Big Sister, 1997 – 2006
Advisory Board, Camp Henry, 2000-2006
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Westminister Presbyterian Church
Attorney Gerald “Jerry” Lykins was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio area. Jerry graduated from Wyoming High School in 1986. Jerry attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, graduating with a degree in Public Administration in 1990. Jerry attended and graduated from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio in 1994. While in his second year of law school, Jerry worked as a Criminal Assistant City Attorney for the City of Whitehall, Ohio, gaining his first exposure to prosecution and criminal law.
While working as a city attorney, Jerry was able to do many ride alongs with the local police department learning how police officers conducted traffic stops and drunk driving arrests. After graduation from Capital Law School, Jerry moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he was awarded a position with the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Office. Jerry worked as a felony prosecutor for over 2 years assisting and handling a variety of criminal cases including DUI causing death and murder, Home Invasion and other complex felony cases.
In 1996, Jerry moved to Grand Rapids, and was hired to work in the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office. Jerry worked in all the Kent County District and Circuit Courts which provided him the unique opportunity to quickly learn all the local judges and attorneys. In late 1998, Jerry left the prosecutor’s office and open his law practice. In 2000, Jerry joined with attorney and now State Representative David LaGrand, to form Lykins and LaGrand, PLC. Jerry and David quickly grew their practice to one of the most successful criminal defense law firms in West Michigan. In 1996, Jerry and David separated to permit David more time to focus on his political dreams. Jerry worked as a solo attorney for the next 6 plus years.
In 2012, Jerry and Jason Jansma came up with the idea of banding together with similarly aged and skilled criminal defense attorneys to focus their efforts to create a boutique criminal defense law firm. After months of discussion and meetings Kortes, Lykins, Hunting & Jansma, PLLC, the West Michigan Defense Team was born. WMDT instantaneously changed the law firm landscape of West Michigan. No other law firm in West Michigan offers the kind of attorney skill power and legal connections to get the job done in the criminal defense world.
Jerry and his partners are proud of their partnership and work hard to bring real and tangible results to their client’s cases. Over Jerry’s 22 years as an attorney, Jerry has handled criminal cases ranging from low level misdemeanors all the way up to Murder. Jerry has built a niche in helping people gain back their driving privileges after suffering from multiple drunk drivings. Jerry is a trial tested and seasoned criminal defense attorney. Jerry is known for being up-front and honest with his client’s and their cases. Jerry is known in the legal community as a smart legal advocate that fights for his clients.
Jerry’s representation of clients includes:
1300 drunk driving cases
Over 500 felony cases (including murder and all serious felony offenses)
Over 500 misdemeanor case (including domestic violation, assault & battery, retail fraud and minor drug offenses)
Over 500 license restoration appeal before the Secretary of State
West Michigan Defense Team
77 Monroe Center St NW, Ste 700
Grand Rapids, MI 49503