About Me

Hi, my name is Phillip Toutant.

I live in Marquette but my practice takes me all over the Upper Peninsula and further.

I am graduate of Michigan State University, and  Wayne State Law School. I am a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the United States Court of Claims. I am also licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.

I am a partner with Numinen, DeForge & Toutant, P.C. We have offices in Marquette and Houghton. I possess expertise in a diverse range of legal matters, with a focus on personal injury cases, civil litigation and criminal defense. I have defended clients in criminal matters, represented injured people in personal injury actions (no fault auto and premises liability) and represented healthcare providers and hospitals in an array of litigation and compliance matters, including medical malpractice claims, licensure matters, third party payor audit defense, and billing, corporate, commercial and contract litigation.

My interests include legal work (particularly litigation), reading, hiking, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, hi-fi stereo, vinyl, barbecuing, photography, travel, and my dogs.

Books Read (Fiction Only):


Redeployment, Phil Klay


Cities on the Plain, Cormac McCarthy

Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson


NW, Zadie Smith


Freedom, Johnathan Franzen


The Corrections, Johnathan Franzen

The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett

The Glass Key, Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett

The Dain Curse, Dashiell Hammett

Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett

Goodbye, Columbus, Phillip Roth


The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy


1776, David McCullough

White Noise, Don DeLillo

Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel García Marquez


Underworld, Don DeLillo (2010-2011, annotated)

Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson

Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow

All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy

Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad


Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories, Ernie Hemingway

The Professor of Desire, Philip Roth

The Road, Cormac McCarthy


One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Marquez

The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

Best Way to Train Your Gun Dog – The Delmar Smith Technique, Bill Tarrant

The Floating Opera, John Barth

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy


Slow Learner, Thomas Pynchon

Host, David Foster Wallace

A Fistful of Fig Newtons, Jean Shepherd


Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

Fury, Salmon Rushdie

Frannie and Zooey, J.D. Salinger

The Death of Contract, Grant Gilmore

The Medium is the Massage, Marshall McLuhan

Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner


Midnight’s Children, Salmon Rushdie

Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger

The Grapes of Wrath, John Stienbeck

The World According to Garp, John Irving

Endurance, Alfred Lansing

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bill Shakespeare

Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff and James Herman Hall

[Completed annotation of] Brave New World, Aldous Huxley


[Completed] Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

[Re-read] Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins

Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey


[started] Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

The Kingdom of This World, Alejo Carpentier

White Teeth, Zadie Smith

So Long Ago That I Cannot Pinpoint a Date, But Still Worth Note

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (probably my favorite book of all time)

Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Many others