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Douglas Vanden Berge

"Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions."

Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr.


Key Service Areas

  • Defense of Physicians and professionals in Civil, Administrative, and Licensing Cases
  • Facilitative Mediation


legal assistant - Sara Bos

About Douglas

What types of clients do you serve?

With my colleagues at Rhoades McKee, who work together as mutually supportive litigation groups and teams, I represent health care providers, lawyers, and other professionals in malpractice and licensing cases. I also represent individuals, businesses and insurance companies in various kinds of civil litigation. In addition, I am a facilitative mediator.

What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?

I empathize with my professional clients and work very hard for them, drawing upon my extensive litigation experience at the administrative/licensing, trial and appellate levels. I have argued several times in the Michigan Supreme Court and frequently argue in the Michigan Court of Appeals. I have extensive experience with expert witnesses and related issues, and in successfully filing and defending Daubert motions. In addition, early in my career, I served a judicial clerkship in federal court, which has given me valuable insights and perspectives.

What has been the most exciting news you have had to deliver to a client?

Sometimes in licensing cases where I have defended health care providers, we have been able to convince the Board Conferees at Compliance Conferences to recommend dismissals. I was with my clients at the close of those Compliance Conferences when the recommendations for dismissal of the cases were delivered. It was very exciting and satisfying to see how elated my clients were when they received the news that their professional licenses were no longer threatened.


Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1988

Calvin College, B.A., 1982

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?


Among the things I enjoy about being a lawyer are the ability to defend professionals whose work I respect and greatly appreciate; the ability to assist clients in solving problems and resolving disputes; and the ability to participate in administering the rule of law.  I find it gratifying that, in doing so, I can contribute to justice, fairness, and a good quality of life for my clients.


Grand Rapids Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section

State Bar of Michigan, Member

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Former Board Member

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