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Timothy D. Arner

General Practice


Mr. Arner graduated from Central Michigan University in 1978, with honors, and from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1982, Cum Laude (with honors). Mr. Arner has been practicing law for 34 years and is a trusted member of the legal community. He started his own law practice in Charlevoix in 1983, and in 1984 moved his practice to Boyne City, his parent’s hometown. Timothy’s father, Don Arner, was a well-known star athlete at Boyne City High School in the early 1950’s. Mr. Arner operated his law practice at 110 Water Street from 1984 until December of 2015, when he joined the Doak Law Firm on Main Street.


During his career Mr. Arner has been the City Attorney for the City of Boyne City and township attorney for many local townships. He has served as a hearing panelist for the Attorney Discipline Board for 29 years, hearing and deciding grievances filed against other attorneys for alleged professional misconduct. He has been an adjunct professor at North Central Michigan College, teaching Legal Ethics and Law Office Management in the paralegal program. He also is a trained civil mediator, and he volunteers his time at Northern Community Mediation as a mediator.


Mr. Arner has served as President of the Emmet/Charlevoix Bar Association; President of the Boyne City Foundation for Educational Excellence; President of Christ Lutheran Church in Boyne City and a current member of the Board of Elders; President of the Charlevoix Rod & Gun Club: Secretary of the Boyne City Lion’s Club; and a board member of the Crisis Pregnancy Center.



Mr. Arner stresses the importance of communication. He communicates with his clients through personal meetings, phone, email, online and regular mail. Mr. Arner believes that the key to success in the practice of law is his willingness and ability to take the extra time to communicate with his clients, and to keep them informed concerning all aspects of their legal matters. Every case is the client’s case and the client needs information to make informed decisions.

To facilitate communication the Doak Law Firm now also provides the option of on-line access to client documents and case information through an individual client portal. Forgot your court date? Log into your portal and check your trial calendar. Misplaced that important document? Log on and download it.



Mr. Arner has a passion for his clients and a deep commitment to resolving their legal issues in the best way possible. He has been married for 41 years to this wife, Janet, and has two adult children, Daniel and Lisa, and two grandchildren, Colin and Noah, who bring a smile to his face every day.

As clients have continued to refer people to Mr. Arner, his time has become in high demand. Those referrals are truly the highest compliment. To really know your lawyer you should meet before you make a decision. You need to be comfortable with your lawyer. If you would like to meet with Mr. Arner and get to know him, and speak with him regarding your case, call the firm and get your free ½ hour appointment time. Local (231) 582-0712 or toll free (844) DOAKLAW.




  • Civil Mediator, 40-hour training course.
  • Continuing Legal Education in various topics through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Upper Michigan Legal Institute, and the Federal Bar Association’s Annual Bankruptcy Seminar.




1979-1982 Thomas Cooley Law School, Cum Laude;

  • Book Award for Torts I;
  • Member of Law Review;
  • Full-time Intern at the Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Legislative Aide to a state representative.


1973-1978 Central Michigan University, with Honors

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts, Major in Business Education with an emphasis in Personnel Management


Admitted: State Bar of Michigan, May 1982

Admitted: United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, October 1982.

Admitted: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, March 1997.




President, Charlevoix-Emmet Bar Association

President, Boyne City Foundation for Educational Excellence

President, Charlevoix Rod & Gun Club

President, Christ Lutheran Church, Boyne City

Secretary, Boyne City Lion’s Club

Board Member, Crisis Pregnancy Center

Hearing Panelist, Attorney Discipline Board

Adjunct Professor of Legal Ethics and Law Office Management, North Central               Michigan College

City Attorney – City of Boyne City

Elder – Christ Lutheran Church