Directory of Attorney Staff

Geoffrey K. Rettig

Mr. Rettig is a graduate of Western Michigan University, receiving his BS in Political Science/Public Law, cum laude,  in 1986.  He was conferred a  Juris Doctorate degree from the Wayne State University Law School in 1989.  During law school, Mr. Rettig served as an intern in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Presque Isle County, Michigan.  Immediately after graduating from law school, Mr. Rettig was appointed Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Presque Isle County.

In 1991, Mr. Rettig was appointed Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Midland, handling all facets of criminal prosecution, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency and neglect and abuse petitions, appeals at level levels.  Mr. Rettig was the designated attorney for IV-D services in Midland County, assisting citizens in obtaining child support orders and reimbursement for public assistance.

In 2001, Mr. Rettig entered private practice and became a Shareholder in the firm of Joseph T. Barberi, P.C.  During his tenure with the firm, Mr. Rettig represented thousands of individuals in both criminal and civil matters and gathered wide respect as an able litigator and vigorous advocate.

In 2015, Mr. Rettig returned to the Midland County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, being appointed by Prosecuting Attorney J. Dee Brooks as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor.

In his years of practice, Mr. Rettig has been recognized for outstanding ability and distinguished  ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell.  He has received recognition for his service by the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Association, as well as being name Prosecutor of the Year by the Michigan Family Support Council in 1995.  Mr. Rettig has served as a faculty member for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Coordinating Council and the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan on numerous occasions, and has presented on issues of paternity establishment and criminal enforcement of child support to the Michigan Family Support Council.  Mr. Rettig has served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Presque Isle County United Way, as a Board Member of the Michigan Family Support Council and as a allocation committee member for the Midland County United Way.   He has previously been a member of the Mount Pleasant Lions Club and has previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Delta College, instructing in the areas of  legal research and writing, as well as Domestic Relations.

Mr. Rettig has resided in Midland for 25 years and he and his spouse Sheila, are the proud parents of two sons, Andrew and John who attend Midland Public Schools.  Mr. Rettig is member of Blessed Sacrament Parish and is a enthusiastic supporter of local youth sports, including MPS athletics, Fraternal-Northwest Little League and Midland Area Youth Football League.

Joseph M Amend

Joseph is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Business Management and Health & Fitness Management. While attending SVSU, he was a varsity letterman in baseball. He received his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in May 2001, and successfully passed the Michigan State Bar examination in July 2001. During his time at Cooley Law School he completed a prosecutorial externship with the Bay County Prosecutor's Office. Upon admission into the State Bar of Michigan he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Tuscola from 2002 until 2005, where he successfully handled numerous criminal and civil matters in the District, Probate, and Circuit Courts.

Joseph joined the Midland County Prosecutor's Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in April of 2005, where he continues to successfully handle numerous criminal and civil matters in the District, Probate, and Circuit Courts for the County of Midland.

Michael G. Yelsik

Michael graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 1995 earning a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology.   Michael received his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Cooley Law School in 2000.   While at Cooley Law School, Michael completed a prosecutorial externship with the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office.  Following graduation, Michael worked for the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office in a temporary capacity.  In 2001, Michael joined the law firm of O’Neil, Wallace and Doyle, P.C. in Saginaw, handling insurance defense, subrogation and other civil and criminal matters.  In 2005, Michael worked as an associate attorney for Robert P. Denton, P.C.  successfully representing clients in bankruptcy and criminal defense matters.  In 2006, Michael formed Adamczyk & Yelsik, PLLC,  a law office in Bay City that specialized in Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, and many  other civil matters.

Michael is an avid martial arts practitioner for over 20 years and has earned black belt ranks in Judo, JuJitsu, and Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts.  Michael has competed in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments around the state. 

Atea B Duso

Atea attended Grand Valley State University where she was a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College and graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2010.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law, summa cum laude, in May 2013.  During law school, Atea completed an internship through the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan in the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as internships in the Ionia and Ingham County Prosecutors’ Offices.  She also served as the Executive Director of the Appellate Moot Court Board and earned her Trial Practice Certificate through the Trial Practice Institute at MSU College of Law.  Atea was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2013.  In 2014, Atea joined the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office where she primarily handles matters in the Midland County District Court.

Garett E. Curtis

Garett, a Midland native, graduated from Midland High School in 2009 before going on to graduate from Michigan State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Garett received his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude, in January 2017. During his time at Cooley, Garett completed an internship through the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan in the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as externships in the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender and with the Hon. Amy Ronayne Krause of the Michigan Court of Appeals. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the WMU Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law and competed in the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition. Upon graduation, Garett served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Stephen P. Carras during which he was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in July 2017. Garett joined the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office in May 2018.

Emily S. Richards

Under the supervision of the Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Emily is assigned to handle delinquency cases and child protective proceedings in the Circuit Court-Family Division.  When assigned, she also reviews and authorizes requests for warrants, determines the appropriate charge, and prosecutes criminal cases. She attempts to resolve and adjudicate assigned cases or tries them in court. Emily joined the Prosecutor's Office in December of 2016.

Contact Information

Prosecuting Attorney
220 West Ellsworth St.
Midland, MI  48640

Phone:  (989) 832-6722
Fax:  (989) 832-6393

Monday - Friday 
8:00am - 5:00pm