Key Service Areas
- Real Estate Law
- Human Resource and Employment Law
- Dispute Resolution and Litigation Services
legal assistant - Chris Verspoor
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?
I help my clients (individuals, business owners, insurance companies) navigate their disputes both in court and out. I have represented my clients through all manner of conflict, but specialize in those involving real estate, employment, and probate. Unlike many litigators, I also prepare and review many types of real estate transactional documents, such as purchase agreements and leases, in both a residential and commercial context. At the end of the day, I am a problem-solver, working with my clients to find the most efficient, cost-effective resolution that will meet their needs.
What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?
My career has taken twists and turns along the way, all of which have contributed to making me a stronger advisor and advocate for my clients. Out of law school, I worked for a national law firm building a transactional business and real estate practice. I gained significant experience drafting a variety of documents, learning the ins and outs of negotiation and formation. Thereafter, I spent several years as the right-hand to the local Chief Judge. My time behind the bench gave me a unique perspective into how judges operate and how best to present a case to the Court. That transaction and court work experience has enabled me to efficiently and effectively serve my clients and target the best possible solutions.
What did you learn in your first year of practice that you still utilize today?
In my first year of practicing law, I quickly learned there is a significant difference between being "busy" and being "productive." Busy may result in a short-term increase to my bottom line through higher legal fees, but productivity provides true value for my clients and promotes long-term success for us both. I use efficiency, coupled with effectiveness, in order to gain my clients' trust.
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006
Central Michigan University, B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
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