Stephen J. Hulst

Business & Corporate Law 
Labor & Employment Law
Litigation

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Theresa Dick

 

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Steve focuses his practice on business litigation matters and has successfully litigated and resolved numerous contractual and business disputes.  He has significant experience in complex shareholder/member disputes, including shareholder oppression and dissenter’s rights cases involving valuation issues.  In addition to his business litigation practice, Steve also regularly handles major personal injury actions, cases involving Michigan’s Sales Representative Commission Act, and the litigation of employment matters.  He has practiced in both state and federal courts throughout Michigan, handling cases from inception through trial.  

Representative Highlights

  • Member of trial team that recovered $8 million jury verdict for client in commercial litigation/business tort lawsuit.  The verdict was the highest reported verdict in Michigan for 2010, and believed to be the highest in Kent County Circuit Court history  [Ward v. Idsinga]
  • Assisted in obtaining unanimous Michigan Supreme Court decision invalidating parental pre-injury waivers, permitting client’s child to recover for injuries sustained at the defendant’s establishment [Woodman v. Kera d/b/a Bounce Party]
  • Obtained dismissal of complaint for client sued under the Uniform Commercial Code in a case arising out of the sale of a recreational vehicle [HRL v. Terry Town]
  • Arbitrated breach of contract dispute and obtained award for full amount of damages sustained by client
  • Represented agent in sales commission dispute, obtaining favorable six-figure settlement of claim under Michigan’s Sales Representative Commission Act

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in 2009, 2011 and 2012 Michigan Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in the business litigation field, a designation given to less than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state
  • Valparaiso University School of Law: Law Review member, graduate of Honors Program (full-ride scholarship and advanced course requirements), Class Honors in Civil Procedure, Uniform Commercial Code: Sales and Secured Transactions, Medical Malpractice, and Legal Process
  • Hope College: Phi Beta Kappa, George F. Baker Scholar, Washington D.C. Honors Semester participant, Dean’s List every semester

Education

Valparaiso University School of Law, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, 2006
Hope College, Bachelor of the Arts - Business Management, summa cum laude, 2003

Bar Admission

Michigan
Illinois

 

Professional Activities

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
 
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Legal Assistant

Theresa Dick

Areas of Practice

Business & Corporate Law

Labor & Employment Law

Litigation