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Jake Dunlop

"The leading rule for the lawyer... is diligence. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today."

Abraham Lincoln

Key Service Areas

  • Business Planning and Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Tax Law


legal assistant - Aleia Wright

About Jake

What types of legal issues do you help individuals and businesses resolve?

I help entrepreneurs, their businesses and families navigate a broad range of legal issues. I counsel clients on their day-to-day legal needs ranging from the formation of a single-member limited liability company for an early stage start-up to the closing on the sale of a business and everything in between. I also assist business owners with issues involving corporate governance, succession planning, liquor license transfers, credit facilities, and real estate matters.

What is the most important advice that you have given a client?

The most important advice that I have given a client is to be up-front and honest. If the opposing party uncovers negative information, it can create a sentiment of distrust which is challenging to overcome. Being forthright and delivering accurate information at the outset fosters the type of trust needed to get the deal done.

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

I learned early on that in order to effectively problem solve and advocate for a client, you have to be responsive and own the client’s issue or problem. My clients know I understand their situation and am responsive to their requests and concerns, in most cases answering emails or voicemail messages the same day. Additionally, because their problem becomes my problem, I derive a great deal of satisfaction from helping clients navigate and resolve any issue, whether simple or complex.


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012

Michigan State University, B.A., Honors College, high honor, 2009

Q: If you weren't a lawyer, what would you be?


If I weren’t a lawyer, I would probably be a jazz trumpeter or a professional table tennis player. I’m not sure how successful I would be at either profession, but I think I would enjoy it.


Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan, Board Member and Chair of Membership Committee

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Member

State Bar of Michigan, Member

Wedgwood Christian Services, Board Member and Past Chair of the Board of Directors

Bar Admission


U.S. Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers of America® "One to Watch" in Corporate Law, 2021 - 2024

Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2018 "Up and Coming Lawyer"

CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Environmental Law (Fall, 2011)

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