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Hal Nelson

"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on."

Samuel Goldwyn

Key Service Areas

  • Commercial and Financial Services
  • Financial Institution Services


legal assistant - Kathy Haisma

About Hal

What type of clients do you serve?

In my practice area of business restructuring, I work with business entities and business people to solve financial problems. My clients include troubled companies and individuals, as well as creditors.

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

I endeavor to get to know the stakeholders and decisions makers involved in a legal dispute and determine what are achievable goals. Then I provide objective advice to help my client’s achieve those goals.

What did you learn in your first year of practice that you still utilize today?

I learned that since I was not the most experienced attorney, I had better be the most prepared. I find that lesson lives on, experienced or not.


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1977

University of Michigan, B.B.A., Degree of Distinction, 1974

Q: What is your client philosophy?


In my practice the most important aspect is expedience. Much is lost as a result of delay. I strive to deliver quality advice and work product in a timely fashion.


Grand Rapid Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan

Federal Bar Association, Member and Former Chair of Bankruptcy Steering Committee

Bar Admission


U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Michigan, Qualified Mediator

Awards and Recognition

American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys, 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award

Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights

Grand Rapids Magazine, Top Lawyer in Banking and Financial Service Law & Bankruptcy

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