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    The Rickel Law Firm, P.C., provides legal services for Community Associations in Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri and Michigan, specializing in the area of delinquency collections. Our Michigan office also provide legal services in the areas of real estate, tax, S.E.C, corporate and contract law, as well as family, insurance and agency law problems.



    The Rickel Law Firm, P.C., is a full-service law firm with a department specializing in respectful, cost-effective collection of delinquent association assessments for both condominium owners associations (COA) and homeowner associations (HOA). We operate professionally while always remembering that delinquent owners are also neighbors, friends and potential voters at annual meetings.

    Rickel Law utilizes the ONYX Case Management System in the recovery of delinquent assessments for community associations. ONYX - a CAI National Corporate Member - enables us to apply flat fees that are significantly lower than costly hourly attorney fees. ONYX provides clients with free, real-time case updates (both online and via email) whenever there is activity in an association file.

    Rickel Law continually improves its ONYX internet access software by making it increasingly adaptive to the specific needs of associations and property managers through the rapid delivery of customized, detailed information with expansive reporting flexibility. To learn more about the ONYX Case Management System slide over to the About ONYX tab.

    The Rickel Law Firm, P.C., currently performs association delinquency collections in Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri. We are ready to serve other states.

    John M. Rickel - Licensed in Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri

    Offices in Detroit and Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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    Attorney John M. Rickel is the Managing Director of the Rickel Law Firm. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Juris Doctorate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    Upon graduating from the University of Michigan Law School Mr. Rickel was admitted to the Michigan State Bar and became an Instructor at Wayne State University Law School. He also served as counsel to his family's multi-state business, becoming the company's corporate treasurer.

    Mr. Rickel then attended the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business Administration, joined the Touche-Ross Accounting Firm (now Deloitte), and became a Certified Public Accountant (#7195), and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

    Mr. Rickel served on both the audit and tax staffs of that firm until 1975, when he joined the Butzel, Long, Gust, Klein and Van Zile law firm. Mr. Rickel then co-founded Rickel & Baun, P.C. in 1977, as well as John M. Rickel, C.P.A., P.C.

    Mr. Rickel specializes in real estate, real estate lien administration, secured transactions, tax law, corporate law, trusts, contract law, insurance law, agency law and family law. He is skilled in the planning, structuring, negotiation, and litigation of financial transactions for both public and privately held businesses, as well as for personal clients. His diversified clientele has taken him into significant involvement with corporate, probate, commercial, collection and tax law litigation.

    Mr. Rickel has taught tax, accounting, auditing, and bankruptcy seminars for the Michigan association of Certified Public Accountants (MIPCA) where he is an MICPA Professional Education faculty member. Mr. Rickel is a past member of the State of Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors, and currently serves on its Ethics Task Force. He also served as President, Treasurer and past Chairman of the Grosse Pointe Cable Television system Board of Directors.


    Mr. Rickel served for two years as a Special Investigator on the Attorney Grievance Commission of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and also a Chartered Financial Analyst (#7694).


    Mr. Rickel is:

    • On the Board of Directors of multiple Michigan corporations.
    • Admitted to legal practice in:
    - State Courts of Hawaii, Missouri, Michigan and Illinois
    - United States District Court
    - United States Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
    - United States Tax Court
    - United States Supreme Court
    • A Life Member of the Economic Club of Detroit
    • Past President, Treasurer & Board Member of Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association
    • Past Board Member of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society
    • Past Member of the Detroit Circumnavigator's Club
    • Member, and Past Treasurer & Board Member of the Detroit YPO Gold Organization
    • Past Board Member and Past Corporate Secretary of the University Club of Detroit
    • A Licensed Instrument-Rated FAA Pilot

    Mr. Rickel also completed the YPO Executive Management Seminar at the Stanford University Graduate Business School, and the YPO Advanced Management Seminar at the Harvard University Business School.

    John Rickel
    (313) 886-0000

    Mailing Address

    P.O. BOX 36200
    GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI 48236-0200


    What is ONYX?


    The ONYX Case Management System is Rickel Law's user-friendly, proprietary software program that allows us to process the collection of delinquent association assessments with fail-safe accounting accuracy and timing. ONYX's equitable flat fees are significantly lower than hourly attorney fees, resulting in substantial savings for our customers while providing increased quality of service and reduced risk of litigation. ONYX also gives clients fully transparent access and control of files, as well as real-time email updates of case transactions and related documents, all at no extra cost.

    ONYX is a CAI National Corporate Member that operates in step with statutes and by-laws, saving property managers and boards valuable time. With its accounting accuracy and synchronized progression ONYX has become the industry's leading tracking and assessment recovery tool.

    We continuously improve ONYX internet access software to serve the growing needs of associations, boards and property managers. ONYX provides complete account information with expansive reporting flexibility, and is regularly updated to reflect current statutes and ordinances. Another key ONYX benefit is our free, live, USA-based customer support line.

    With ONYX clients can add notes, upload files, print invoices, review case details and quickly generate customizable reports for review and discussion at meetings. We are also happy to develop custom-tailored reports that give customers the exact information they need at the click of a button, all at no extra charge!