Our Attorneys

Marcus Garske

Criminal Defense



  • MSU College of Law, 2010
  • MSU B.A. Criminal Justice and Corrections, 2007


Marcus Garske was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan, graduating from Bay City All Saints before heading to Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate in Law. After law school, Marcus came home to Bay City where he has been practicing law since 2010. An active member of the community, Marcus is a past President of the Bay County Bar Association, President-Elect of the Bay City Morning Rotary, is on the advisory board for the Salvation Army, and is involved with the Bay City Lions Club along with other community projects.

An enthusiastic advocate for clients, Marcus is most comfortable in the courtroom, where his expertise in criminal defense, personal injury claims, and license appeals/restoration.

Marcus is a husband and father as well as a self-proclaimed sports nut who regularly attends Michigan State and Detroit sporting events. Not content to just watch sports, though, Marcus is also involved in high school basketball and has been officiating high school hoops for twelve years.

Matthew Hewitt

Family Law



  • SVSU, B.A. 1997
  • MSU College of Law


Matthew Hewitt was born and raised in Essexville. After graduating from Garber High School, Matt did his undergraduate work at Saginaw Valley State University and Michigan State University, earning a degree in Business Administration and Finance. Matt returned to Michigan State to study law, graduating Cum Laude and earning his Juris Doctorate in 1999.

Upon graduation from law school, Matt returned to Bay City where he has been practicing law, with his primary focus on tax and estate planning, real estate and commercial law and elder law. In addition to Michigan, Matt is also licensed to practice law in the state of Florida to better work with clients who split their time between the two states.

Matt moved back to Essexville where he lives with his wife Amy. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Great Lakes Bay Region and is involved with several local organizations including Morning Rotary Club, the Lion’s Club, the SBYC, and the Knights of Columbus. Matt is also a licensed pilot, although he laments the fact that he doesn’t get as much time in the air as he’d like. Matt is an avid traveler, exploring new destinations at every opportunity.

Aaron Rodenbo

Business Law



  • Thomas M Cooley Law School, 2007-2010
  • SVSU, B.A. Political Science and Government


Aaron Rodenbo was born and raised in Kingston, MI, graduating from Kingston High School in 2001. After high school, he attended Saginaw Valley State University for undergrad and followed by Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School.  He graduated in 2010 with Cum Laude Honors and was one of only three recipients of the Leadership Achievement Award. Aaron Rodenbo was born and raised in Kingston, MI, graduating from Kingston High School in 2001. After high school, he attended Saginaw Valley State University for undergrad and followed by Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School.  He graduated in 2010 with Cum Laude Honors and was one of only three recipients of the Leadership Achievement Award.

Aaron began his law career with a firm in Nashville, TN, where he worked with music artists including Bon Jovi, Big Rich, Gretchen Wilson, James Otto, and Kenny Rogers.  In 2012, Aaron had the opportunity to return to Michigan and has been practicing law in Bay City ever since, handling cases involving personal injury, auto accident, estate planning, criminal law and drunk driving.

Aaron is a recent President of the Bay County Bar Association. In addition, he has volunteered locally for various organizations, such as Bay City River Roar, Bay City Fireworks and Bay City Summer Jams. In his free time, you will often find Aaron rooting his beloved Michigan Wolverines football and basketball teams.

Brandon Poltorak

Family Law



  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School 2018
  • Saginaw Valley State University B.B.A 2011


Brandon T. Poltorak was born and raised in Auburn, Michigan. Brandon attended Bay City Western High School before attending Saginaw Valley State University to attain a Bachelors in Business Administration. Brandon went on to graduate from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s weekend program in 2018. Brandon is an active member in the community volunteering his time with the Michigan Junior Chamber of Commerce – Auburn Jaycees Chapter serving in several capacities over the years on the local board of directors.

Brandon is the most recent attorney to join the Garske Hewitt legal team in 2018.

Brandon is a husband and father committed to bettering the communities in which he lives and practices law. Brandon enjoys spending his free time with his family and working on classic car restorations.

Stephan Gaus

Civil Injury Law



  • University of Illinois Law School
  • Western Michigan University 1975


Stephan was born in Saginaw and has spent his legal practice working out of Saginaw based firms, though he has long ties with Bay County. His mother was Nate Doan’s sister and most of his aunts and cousins are Bay County residents. Last year Stephan married Mary Shore-Gaus, also a lifetime resident of Bay County. Together they have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

Stephan attended Western Michigan University graduating magna cum laude in 1975. He then attended law school at the University of Illinois. He is admitted to practice before all Michigan State and Federal Courts. 

Stephan brings to Garske Hewitt many years of experience in civil injury litigation. He spent the first years of his practice working with insurance companies defending people being sued. In the later years of his practice, he has concentrated on representing injured parties. This experience of working “both sides of the fence” gives him a broad understanding of how injury claims get resolved.

Fabiola Galguera

Criminal defense & education law



  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of Michigan


Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Fabiola first came to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan for her undergraduate studies; she then stayed for law school and never left. While loving Michigan, she does not let go of her roots – she is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and Florida. Fabiola currently serves as the Secretary of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, an organization focused on bringing the Latino community together and advancing Latino professional interests within the state.

Fabiola focuses on criminal defense and education law. On the criminal defense side, Fabiola has appeared before federal and state judges for jury trials and other hearings, advocating and defending individuals accused of criminal sexual conduct, assaultive crimes, drug possession, weapon charges, fraud, and a variety of other charges. With regard to education, Fabiola represents students – from elementary school to post-doctoral studies – who have been accused of cheating, plagiarism, and Title IX allegations. Students may be deprived of their rights when dealing with their institutions. Fabiola has helped many students overcome accusations and even return to their schools after an improper dismissal. Fabiola also represents professors facing similar Title IX allegations and misconduct issues at Universities. She also has experience handling discrimination cases.

Fabiola speaks several languages: English, Spanish, French, and a bit of Portuguese. When she is not in front of judges in the courtroom, she is either weightlifting, watching sports, or practicing her ballroom dancing.