Great Lakes Legal Group Celebrates Its 1 Year Anniversary in Corktown

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This blog is written by Great Lakes Legal Group.

Launched in January 2018 by partners Attorney Ayanna Alcendor and Attorney Jehan Crump-Gibson, Great Lakes Legal Group is an African-American and female-owned law firm in Metro Detroit. The firm has two locations, one in Corktown and another in Oakland County. GLLG joined the thriving community of small businesses in Corktown in February 2018, with the opening of its 14th Street office at St. Vincent’s Corktown. The firm has been privileged to be a part of this diverse and historic community.

Great Lakes Legal Group’s practice areas include: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Business Law, Probate and Estate Planning, Government Affairs and Mediation. In 2018, GLLG handled a high volume of diverse matters, including:

  • More than 150 Probate Cases

  • More than 150 Criminal Cases

  • More than 75 Estate Plans

  • More than 50 Juvenile and Family Cases

  • More than $20 million in business deals

Attorney Crump-Gibson attributes GLLG’s success to their strong commitment to their clients: “We pride ourselves on taking a holistic approach to representation. Our team is concerned with more than just the outcome of that custody battle, finalizing that estate plan or business deal. It's more than that. A client of Great Lakes Legal Group is not just a file number- we truly care about the person.”

Another factor to the firm’s success can be found in its talent. Recognized four times by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star, Crump-Gibson brings extensive experience to GLLG. Earning dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and English from Michigan State University, she then earned her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. Some of her early ventures included opening her own legal and consulting firm, C&G Solutions PLC, before joining forces with Alcendor. Due to her hard work and determination, Crump-Gibson has earned a number of prestigious positions and received public acclaim, including:

  • Received the 2015 and 2016 Martindale Hubbell® Client Distinction Award and 2017 and 2018 Martindale Hubbell® Client Champion Platinum Award

  • Recognized as one of Michigan Chronicle’s ’40 under 40’

  • United States Senator Gary Peters appointed Crump-Gibson to the Michigan Senate Judicial Advisory Committee in 2017, formed to assist in making recommendations to the President to fill vacancies on the federal bench
    Attorney Alcendor brings a wealth of experience to the law firm, as well.  Having received her Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2013, Alcendor interned at C&G Solutions PLC, Crump-Gibson’s first firm. She also gained invaluable experience through a number of other prestigious positions, including:

  • An Internship with the Honorable Mark A. Randon of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

  • An Internship at the State Appellate Defender’s Office

  • Attorney and Client Servicing Associate at Ernst & Young

  • Compliance Officer/ Business Manager at NRS Investments


Alcendor ultimately founded her own practice, Allied Legal Consulting, PLC, before teaming up with Crump-Gibson. She has been recognized as one of Michigan Chronicle’s ’40 under 40’ and received  the 2017 and 2018 Martindale Hubbell® Client Champion Silver Award.


2019 is set to be another successful year for Great Lakes Legal Group. With their dedication to clients and their unique experience, GLLG will make an impact for years to come.