About Us

Kane, Funk, and Poch, P.C., provides a full-service law firm staffed by a team of professional lawyers and supporting team to handle any case. The attorneys and team offer more than 100 years of combined legal experience, as well as aggressive and effective representation to get the results you deserve.

Robert B. Kane 

Robert Kane is a 1967 graduation of Alpena High School, a 1973 graduate of Michigan State University, and a 1978 graduate of Cooley Law School.  He was admitted to the Michigan State Bar 1978, sponsored for admission by Justice E. Michael Kavanagh.  

Prior to moving to the Alpena area, Mr. Kane was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan under the administration of Frank Kelley.  Mr. Kane has argued cases in front of the Federal District Court Eastern Division, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court.

Mr. Kane specializes in personal injuries, real estate transactions, and family law, as well as automobile accident/personal injury, collections, contract disputes, drunk driving defense, landlord-tenant law, and estate planning.

Mr. Kane has lived in Alpena since 1979 and has five grown children.

David M. Funk, Jr. 

David M. Funk, Jr. is a partner at Kane, Funk, and Poch, P.C. and specializes in criminal defense, both misdemeanor and felony charges, and family law, including divorce and child custody disputes.  A graduate of Detroit College of Law, Mr. Funk has been in practice since 1976.  Mr. Funk was a former prosecutor for Alpena County and having worked both sides of the aisle, understands the intricate details of criminal defense.  He brings to the table knowledge, skill, and effective representation that gets desirable results.

Cristie A. VanMassenhove

Cristie VanMassenhove is an associate attorney at Kane, Funk, and Poch, P.C.  A 2004 graduate of Michigan State University, Cristie attended Cooley Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in 2008.  Cristie joined Kane, Funk, and Poch, P.C. in August of 2011 and specializes in family law, including divorce and child custody disputes; bankruptcy; landlord tenant disputes; contract disputes; and estate planning.  Cristie is married to Dan VanMassenhove and have two children. 

Erinn Kane

Erinn Kane joined the law firm of Kane, Funk, and Poch, P.C. in November, 2018 as a law clerk while finishing law school at Cooley Law in Lansing.  An Alpena native, Erinn graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 and started a career in politics, working for late State Representative Peter Pettalia, State Senator John Moolenaar, and State Senator Jim Stamas.  At age 29, she decided to change careers and applied to law school.  Erinn was very successful in law school, graduating Magna Cum Laude in May, 2019, and utilizing the experience to the best of her ability while working full time, including completing the Elder Law Clinic and the Washtenaw Public Defenders Clinic. 

Erinn successfully passed the bar exam on her first attempt in July, 2019, and was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in November.  Ms. Kane’s legal concentrations include divorce and child custody disputes; real estate transactions and disputes; criminal defense; personal injury claims; estate planning, including drafting wills, durable powers of attorney, and medical directives; Social Security disability claims; and Workers Compensation claims.  She is currently taking new clients.

R. John Poch

John Poch is a 1963 graduate of Alpena High School, a 1970 graduate of Michigan State University, and a 1974 graduate of University of Michigan Law School, cum laude. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969.

Mr. Poch was admitted to the Michigan State Bar in 1974 and holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Probate and Estates Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, his practice includes contracts, real estate, landlord-tenant disputes, business and corporate law, collections, family law, driver’s license restorations, and criminal law.

Mr. Poch is of counsel at Kane, Funk, and Poch, P.C., and resides with his wife, Harriet, and Grand Lake, Michigan.

 

Cherrie D. Plume

Cherrie has been with the firm since it was founded in 1979.  She brings to the table over 40 years of paralegal experience.  She is an valued member of the team.  

Cherrie resides in Alpena County with her husband Alan;  together they have two grown children. 

  

Terry Sanders

An Alpena native, Terry moved back to Alpena in 1998 with her husband, Mike Sanders, when he was hired to the Alpena Fire Department.  Together they have three children: Caroline, Connor, and Collin. 

Terry enjoys gardening, hiking, and upcycling furniture. 

Terry has been with Kane, Funk, and Poch, P.C. for thirteen years.