Courtade Named 2013 Leader in Law

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Names Bruce A. Courtade a Leader in the Law

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI-March 4, 2013) - Rhoades McKee, PC shareholder Bruce A. Courtade has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2013 Leaders in Law.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects its Leaders in the Law these attorneys annually based on not only their successful service to client and community but also their ability to inspire and lead others.

A member of Rhoades McKee's Litigation, Construction and Employment Law practice groups, Courtade helps his individual and corporate clients identify, assess and limit their exposure to liability by serving as a sounding board, writing and reviewing contracts to avoid problems before they come up, and, when necessary, representing those clients in courts throughout the State. He is a Martindale-Hubbell "A-V" Preeminent rated attorney(the highest rating possible), and has been named a Superstar Lawyer in the field of Commercial Litigation by Law & Politics Magazine, an honor given the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan, every year since 2006.

Courtades service to the legal profession is long-standing and well known. Currently president of the 42,500 member State Bar of Michigan, Courtade has served a total of 12 years on its Board of Commissioners, and chaired the 150-member Representative Assembly (the State Bar’s equivalent of the House of Representatives) in 2000-2001. He is a Life Member of the State Bar Foundation, serves as a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Directors, and has been an Attorney Discipline Board hearing panelist for roughly a decade (although he is currently on leave from that assignment due to his State Bar presidency). He has written and spoken to numerous public and bar organizations about topics related to the practice of law and the legal profession, including but not limited to the need for judicial independence and for adequate court funding; trends facing the legal profession in the 21st century; and professionalism and ethics. He has also guest lectured to students at Cooley Law School on the subjects of professionalism and civility in the practice of law.

Courtade has also been active in his West Michigan community since graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988, and has served on the boards of directors of various organizations, including the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, the University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids (of which he was president and for which he ran the largest scholarship program of any alumni club for any university in the country), and the Grand Rapids AIDS Resource Center. In 2010, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan awarded Courtade its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, in recognition of his outstanding commitment to his alma mater. He currently serves on UofM's Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics (which is responsible for overseeing the University of Michigan's Athletic Department), having twice been selected to that position by UofM President Mary Sue Coleman, and approved by the UofM Board of Regents.

We are very proud of Bruce and his contributions to our profession, as recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, said Rhoades McKee president Robert C. Shaver. He has continued and strengthened Rhoades McKee's legacy of leadership within the local and state bar associations, helped to make our community a great place to live and practice, all the while providing outstanding legal representation to his clients.

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About Rhoades McKee (www.rhoadesmckee.com):

Founded in 1960, Rhoades McKee is a West Michigan law firm with over 50 members. We specialize in representing consumers and businesses in a wide range of legal matters, including business, tax and corporate law; real estate, construction and environmental law; labor and employment law; health care law, estate planning and probate law; family law; professional liability and insurance defense; bankruptcy law; and litigation and dispute resolution.