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Jodi Switalski is a National Leader in the Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Her nationally recognized program for safe and responsible administration of controlled substances is used by hundreds of medical & dental professionals across the country. She is now positively impacting workplace protocols as well.


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A Little History

Jodi earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis in children with behavioral disorders, studied Human Development in her graduate program, Family Studies, and Public Policy, as well as completed her Juris Doctorate in 2003. 

She served as a metro-Detroit felony prosecutor with an impeccable trial record before serving as Magistrate in the 45th District Court, then being appointed to the bench by the Governor of the State of Michigan. While serving as a judge in the District Court, she graciously accepted cross-assignments to the Circuit Court Family Division. 

Learn more about Jodi Switalski - Attorney and Advocate - PP_logo(1)This is where she witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of interpersonal violence, substance abuse, and dependency within our families, our children, and our communities, and puts a face to its victims through a teenage girl named Paige. 

Since witnessing Paige's defeat and the devastation Paige's addiction had on her family, Jodi has been on the front lines of this drug war. Since then, Jodi has been pioneering an early state response to synthetic drugs and the opioid epidemic, orchestrating town hall forums and seminars in schools and private institutions, reaching out to judges, correction officers, medical professionals, and more. Her outreach included operating and/or founding several treatment courts, including a large veterans treatment court and co-founding the Regional Anti-Drug Education and Outreach organization (RADEO), pronounced RADIO.

Before working as a prosecuting attorney, she worked in the medical and treatment fields, law enforcement while focusing her education (undergraduate, graduate, and even her law degree) on issues surrounding interpersonal violence, mental health, and substance abuse. These issues have been increasingly frequent and are impacting our lives, families, workplaces, and more. She has worked for over 25 years in the field of juvenile law in varying capacities and understands the impact of trauma, attachment, and family dynamics as we age. 


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A Recognized Authority

Jodi has received numerous accolades locally, around the state, and even nationally, including Western Michigan Cooley Law School's first "Integrity in Our Communities" Award. She has been appointed to numerous state committees, is repeatedly published, and is a frequent guest on television, consulting and appearing in several movie shorts, to include an award-winning PBS short, "Invisible Wounds" and another pending for HBO, "Needles in the Hay." Her appearances have made contributions to the legal profession, the recovery community, our veterans and military servicemen and women, and many more. 

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Back to Her Roots

In addition to speaking out on America's Opioid Crisis across the U.S., she now practices law focusing her practice on criminal and family law, risk mitigation services as it relates to workplace and medical/dental consulting surrounding the opioid and controlled substance epidemic. Jodi fluently understands substance abuse, addiction, and dependency. She has become a zealous and unique advocate for individuals as they navigate their recovery while seeking remedies to legal situations that impede their progress. 

Given her diverse experiences and education, Jodi will never lose sight of the individual as a client and the trust and vulnerability that they are experiencing during these difficult life changes.  

She works incredibly hard to ensure that the client understands the process, is informed throughout, and participates in the decision-making aspects of their case. Perhaps most importantly, Jodi understands the costs and expense of litigation and works to provide solutions that work for the long term and not just the now. It has often been said, "Jodi Switalski gets it!" She "Is a warrior" and a "ferocious advocate" at times when others didn't believe in them. 

 

Areas of Practice: 

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Paternity
  • Change of Domicile
  • Change of School
  • Post Judgment Proceedings
  • Criminal Law - all matters
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Child Protective Proceedings
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Risk Mitigation/Legal Representation for Workplace, Medical and Dental
  • Defense in Criminal and Civil Cases Involving the Prescribing of a Controlled Substance
  • Controlled Substance Agreements
  • Practice Protocols
  • DDCAT Assessments
  • Drug Free Workplace Policy Updates
  • Enhancing and Vetting Employee Assistance Programs
  • Review for Administrative and Licensing Compliance, DEA Audits