Jonathan P. Barstow was one of only
ten attorneys (out of more than 30,000
in the state of Michigan) hailed as
“Lawyer of the Year” by Michigan
Lawyers Weekly in 1999. He was also
featured on “Ask the Lawyers” on
Public TV 13 in Marquette, Michigan
on several occasions concerning elder
law and the Deficit Reduction Act of

Barstow is a former member of the
Board of Directors of the River Cities
Chamber of Commerce and the former
president of the River Cities Concert
Association. He has been a head coach
in both the Escanaba Area Junior
Hockey Association and the M&M
Youth Hockey Association. Above and
beyond coaching, Barstow has also
been involved with the West Shore
Chorale, Theater on the Bay, the
Community Jazz Ensemble, and the
Menominee Public Schools. In addition,
he is a recipient of the “Dads Making a
Difference Award” from the M&M
Fatherhood Alliance.

Mr. Barstow is a graduate of Thomas
M. Cooley Law School where he
received Dean’s List recognition and
has been practicing since 1986. His
areas of emphasis are in elder law,
including Medicaid “nursing home”
planning, estate planning and probate,
family law, real estate, and general civil
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compassion with
Elizabeth A. LaCosse, formerly Elizabeth
Paczesny, was a prosecuting attorney
for twelve years in various counties in
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Currently,
LaCosse is the first Upper Peninsula
attorney to be on the board of directors
for CDAM (Criminal Defense Attorneys
of Michigan. LaCosse is a 2007 graduate
of CDAM Trial College and works cases
across the Upper Peninsula. She has
appeared on Court TV and A&E
Network’s “American Justice” for an
infamous murder case in Ontonagon
County in which she was victorious
against one of the best criminal defense
attorneys in the Upper Peninsula.
Following its excitement and high-profile
status, a book entitled “The Sweater
Letter” was written by Dave Distel of
Los Angeles about the landmark case.  

LaCosse has been active in organizations
such as the Jaycees, Kiwanis, Delta
County Business and Professional
Women’s Club, and Big Brothers & Big
Sisters of the Bay Area. When she is not
working, LaCosse enjoys golfing,
camping, and other outdoor activities.  

Ms. LaCosse is a graduate of Thomas
M. Cooley Law School where she
received the honor of Cum Laude and
has been practicing since 1992. Her
areas of emphasis are in criminal law,
domestic relations, and general litigation.
Jonathan P. Barstow
Elizabeth A. LaCosse
Barstow & LaCosse
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