Key Service Areas
- Commercial and Business Litigation
- Health Care Industry
- Human Resource and Employment Law
legal assistant - Becky Becktold
Grand Rapids Location
55 Campau Avenue NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
11377 James Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
How do you help businesses and individuals?
I work with business and health care clients, mainly helping them manage their relationships with their workers. This may involve developing contracts, bargaining agreements or benefit plans, guiding clients through the regulatory maze that now governs every aspect of the employment relationship, or handling investigations, arbitrations or litigation. I have extensive experience in complex commercial contract litigation and cases involving unfair competition, as well as defending class and collective action suits under state and federal law.
What skills help you advise the client and achieve the best results or outcomes?
I’ve learned from experience that my first job is to listen to the client. What are they trying to achieve? What problems or limitations stand in the way? How can those best be overcome or avoided? I can't solve a problem I don’t understand; and I can't answer a question I didn’t hear because I was talking. At my best, I'm a sounding board, offering practical advice grounded in over 35 years of legal experience. Whether in a conference room or a courtroom, I base my actions and advice on knowledge, reason and experience, not emotion or ego.
What case did you find the most rewarding to work on?
I had the rare privilege of writing the brief in a matter before the United States Supreme Court. The case concerned the scope of federal removal jurisdiction - an esoteric but important aspect of our federal judicial system. In most appellate cases you simply argue how the law as it is should apply to the facts of your case. Here, we got to argue to nine of the best legal minds in the country what the law should be. The Court unanimously agreed with our position, and the case now appears in law school text books.
The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1980
Michigan State University, B.A., High Honors, 1975
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of employers to require and enforce pre-dispute class and collective action waivers as...