Key Service Areas
- Dispute Resolution and Litigation Services
- Human Resources and Employment Law
Legal Assistant - Sherry Dykstra
Grand Rapids Location
55 Campau Avenue NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
11377 James Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
What legal issues do your clients typically face?
My clients typically face high stress, high-stakes claims and disputes often concentrating in areas of employment and civil litigation. The employment disputes that I resolve for businesses and non-profits include terminations in the c-suite, trade secret injunctions, and non-compete cases, defending pension and health care plans and protecting organizations from harassment and discrimination claims. I also have collective-bargaining experience for industrial, municipal, healthcare, and energy-sector employers.
I have more than a dozen civil trial wins and have represented victims of fraud, embezzlement, and sophisticated financial schemes, including defending trusts, the elderly, individuals, or charities and tax-exempt entities.
What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?
As a trial lawyer, I use a mix of intuitive skills and legal experience to solve problems. It's part science, part art. What sets me apart, however, is that I've developed my skills as both a trial and transactional lawyer. This means that I've often drafted complicated business agreements or employment handbooks and policies, and frequently resolved compliance issues on ERISA or DOL regulations on the transactional side. Once litigation becomes inevitable, that in-house and transactional experience helps me and my clients tackle litigation issues with a jaundiced eye and helps us achieve positive business results, not just a resolution.
What case did you find the most rewarding to work on?
I frequently deal with victims of fraud or embezzlement. Unfortunately, it's more common than most people think. My most rewarding case was helping one of these victims, an elderly woman, get back millions of dollars that had been stolen from her using a sophisticated factoring and structured settlement scheme. Stopping the bad actors was rewarding, but the hug I received from my client was priceless.
Ave Maria School of Law, J.D., 2004
Hillsdale College, B.S., Biology and Chemistry, 2000