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Christi L. Burda

Christi L. Burda

Grand Haven, Michigan

Christi L. Burda was born in Wayne, Michigan and raised in Plymouth, Michigan, graduating from Plymouth-Salem High School in 1976. She then attended the University of Michigan where she majored in Secondary Education, and graduated in 1982.

Christi became employed at a local crisis center where she counseled women and children who were victims of sexual assault, and acted as their advocate through the criminal justice system. She also developed an innovative program at the Muskegon Correctional Facility, facilitating programs for inmates convicted of sexual assault and women who had been victimized. And, at the request of the late Hon. Fredric A. Grimm, she replaced him on the legislative committee developing what is now known as the Michigan Crime Victim’s Rights Act. Along the way, she developed an interest in law.

She attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1989. While in law school, Christi worked for the State Appellate Defender Office.

From 1989 to 1991, Christi served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Muskegon County. She then worked for a law firm where she primarily handled workers’ disability compensation, personal injury and medical malpractice cases on behalf of plaintiffs. Christi was also appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General, handling condemnation cases on behalf of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

In 1994, Christi established her own firm, handling family law, neglect and juvenile delinquency, workers’ compensation, personal injury and condemnation matters. Christi later joined a litigation firm in Grand Rapids, specializing in the defense of workers’ disability compensation cases, and condemnation matters, and a Hudsonville firm, where she specialized in litigation, focusing on the areas workers’ disability compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, Social Security disability and family law.

In September of 2006, Christi opened Burda Law Offices, PLC in Grand Haven, Michigan, currently located in the Chase Bank Building, at 300 Washington Avenue. She specializes in domestic and family law, including divorce, custody, parenting time, and child support, as well as criminal law, including traffic, misdemeanors and felonies. She also focuses on children’s law such as children’s protective proceedings, and probate matters including guardianships and conservatorships.

Special Appointments

Public Defender - Neglect and Abuse

Ottawa County Circuit Court, Family Division, 2006 - Present

Public Defender - Criminal (Non-Capital Offenses)

Ottawa County District and Circuit Courts, 2010 - Present

Special Assistant Attorney General

Michigan Department of Transportation - Condemnation, 1992 - 2003

Michigan Appointed Appellate Counsel

Lansing, Michigan, 1995

Public Defender / Conflict Cases

Muskegon County District and Circuit Courts, 1994 - 1995

Contract Attorney - Neglect and Abuse, Delinquency, Mental Commitment

Muskegon County, Michigan, 1994 - 1995


Areas of Practice

  • Family Law: divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, adoption
  • Criminal Law: misdemeanors and felonies, including drunk driving and traffic
  • Probate: Guardianships and Conservatorships

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1993


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: Harry A. Gair Memorial Scholarship, 1988
    • Honors: Harry A. Gair Memorial Scholarship, 1987
    • Honors: Jurisprudence Award, Moot Court, 1987
    • Honors: Intra School Moot Court - Best Brief & Best Advocate
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • A.B. - 1982
    • Major: Secondary Education
    • Minor: Social Studies

Representative Cases

  • In re Steven Zimmerman, Minor; 277 Mich App 470; 745 NW2d 306; MI Court of Appeals: 2008
  • Jill Turner v Frigidaire Company; 463 Mich 860; 617 NW2d 560; MI Supreme Court: 2000
  • People v Lonzo Sanders III; 441 Mich 873; 494 NW2d 750; MI Supreme Court: 1995


  • Workers' Compensation in Michigan , Lorman Education Services: 1996-1998, 1996 - 1998
  • Workers' Compensation, National Business Institute: 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Ottawa County Bar Association
  • Muskegon County Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Every Woman's Place, Inc. - Board of Directors, 1992 - 1994

Burda Law Offices, PLC, are located in Grand Haven, Michigan, and provide legal advice and representation to clients in Spring Lake, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Coopersville, Whitehall, Allendale, Holland, Zeeland, Hudsonville, Newaygo and Greenville, as well as Ottawa County, Muskegon County, Oceana County, Newaygo County and Allegan County.