– Brad Kihn, February 2, 2018
“On November 18th 2016 I was arrested at work, handcuffed and thrown into a police car. Upon arriving at the Ionia County Jail I was informed that I was being arrested for 1 count of Criminal Sexual Conduct- 1st Degree and 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct- 2nd Degree. I was also informed the alleged victims were my children. Three days later I was arraigned and was told that due to the charges there would be no possibility for bond. I would await trial in jail. Needless to say, I was experiencing a real life nightmare.
On the day of my arraignment I was introduced to the attorneys who would be representing me in this case, Patrick O’Keefe and Stephen Milks. My life was now in the hands of two gentlemen whom I had never met before. It wasn’t long before I realized that I was in good hands. After 3 months and 4 attempts, they had successfully got the judge to issue bond and I was out of jail back with my family to await the trial.
Mr. O’Keefe and Mr. Milks spent the next 11 months meticulously combing through every last detail of my case, knowing that in cases of this nature the odds are stacked against you. Believing in my innocence, they did not allow this to deter their efforts. They worked through the time line of details with a fine tooth comb and uncovered facts and discrepancies of which I was not even aware. After uncovering several problems with the time line and other crucial facts, Mr. O’Keefe and Mr. Milks began tearing apart the prosecution witnesses. The surgical nature in which they attacked my case was inspiring. These two men left no stone unturned when it came to uncovering the truth in this matter. I could see in their eyes that defending my case and finding the truth had become an obsession. They truly cared about me as a client and representing me with nothing but maximum effort.
When it came to trial Mr. O’Keefe and Mr. Milks attacked the courtroom and the prosecution with no hesitation. They had formed a plan and executed it to perfection. When they spoke everyone in the court room was at attention. The jury hung on every word. They worked articulately and considerately through every phase of the case and left everyone in the courtroom, even the opposition, in awe.
The only thing that had me more impressed with these two men than their ability as lawyers with the actual case, was how they handled me and my family. Mr. O’Keefe and Mr. Milks made themselves available to me at any time. There was never a time when they said they were too busy to talk with me, on the phone or in person. At no time did they belittle any question or concern I had about even the smallest detail. The compassion and caring they showed for me throughout this horrific experience will be with me for the rest of my life. At times over the fourteen months, these men wore the hat of father, brother, friend and spiritual supporter, and never complained once.
On January 25th, 2018, I was acquitted of all charges and am now a free man. After 14 months. I am now back with my family and friends and can again plan for my future thanks to Patrick O’Keefe and Stephen Milks. These men have left an impression on me that goes beyond any words. At the darkest hours of my life, I leaned on two strangers who cared for me as if I was one of their own, and for that I am forever grateful. I am now humbled to call these two gentlemen my friends!”