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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

616.233.5117

legal assistant - Jennifer Dunham

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 have helped with matters ranging from the formation of a single-member limited liability company for an early stage start-up to the closing of a stock purchase for nearly $100 million and everything in between. In addition, I frequently assist business owners with issues involving corporate governance, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, 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.

Education

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

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

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(February 17, 2016) In January, Wedgwood Christian Services appointed Rhoades McKee Attorney, Jake...

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

A:

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.

During his four years at Michigan State University, Jake played trumpet as a member of the Spartan Marching Band. He was also a legislative affairs intern for former Governor Jennifer Granholm as a participant of the Michigan Leadership Development Program.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

State Bar of Michigan

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Wedgwood Christian Services, Board of Directors

Bar Admission

Michigan

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

Awards and Recognition

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