Key Service Areas
- Services for Business and Industry
- Dispute Resolution and Litigation Services
legal assistant - Dawn Lieffers
Grand Rapids Location
55 Campau Avenue NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
11377 James Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
How do you help businesses and individuals?
My clients count on me for sound advice and strategic guidance, neither of which is possible without listening to what they have to say about not only what problem brings them to me, but their long-term goals. Therefore, I strive to get to know my clients and their hopes for the future so that we can get past the immediate issue, avoid future problems, and put them in the best possible position to reach their goals. Nothing satisfies me more than helping a client accomplish his or her goals.
What is the most important advice that you have given a client?
I have had clients draw lines in the sand, saying "It's a matter of principle!" When that happens, I remind them that there are two ways to spell that word: while standing on your principles (values), you can be throwing your principal (money) out the window. Too often, litigation is a costly effort, so I always try to help my clients minimize their costs as much as possible through the efficient delivery of legal services while I maintain focus on the "big picture" and zealously advocate for their best interests.
What case did you find the most rewarding to work on?
I worked with a team of RM lawyers to help two minority shareholders stand up to a bully who was forcing through a sale of their business at an incredibly low price without giving them even the chance to vote on it. After more than 3 years of litigating against one of the biggest firms in the State, and after a four-week trial, we received the largest jury verdict in Kent County history in favor of our clients. It was such a great team victory for two kind and honorable men - definitely the highlight of my career so far!
University of Michigan, J.D., 1988
University of Michigan, B.A., 1984
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