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Laura Kane

"I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire [her] to tell how to do what I want to do."

J.P. Morgan

Key Service Areas

  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation Services

616.233.5121

Legal Assistant - Stephanie Fulcher

About Laura

How do you help businesses and individuals?

I assist clients with a wide range of legal matters by actively listening to them regarding their problems, concerns, and desired outcomes. I work hard to craft strategies to achieve goals in an efficient manner. I have a passion for civil litigation and courtroom advocacy. My experience includes counseling clients to avoid pitfalls in the litigation process through sound business policies, early implementation of litigation holds, and a defensible discovery process in the age of e-discovery. I have also counseled clients to avoid litigation altogether after being threatened.

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

I started my legal career in 2003 and worked for 18 years as a paralegal before graduating from law school. I worked at a large law firm for over a decade assisting on a wide range of complex matters in many different practice areas for sophisticated clients. My time was split between the litigation and corporate departments. I have worked in in-house legal departments and in state government (AG/EGLE). This depth and breadth of experience have given me a unique perspective on legal matters, the ability to focus on the client and their specific goals, and deliver legal services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

What case did you find the most rewarding to work on?

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to require Wolverine World Wide, Inc. to perform response activities required under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to abate the endangerment of human health and the environment from exposure to PFAS. The lawsuit resulted in a $69.5 million settlement that has helped to provide clean drinking water to thousands of Kent County residents. I interviewed 55 witnesses in the course of this lawsuit from former Wolverine tannery workers to former City of Rockford employees. It was rewarding to work on a case that had a tangible and meaningful result for so many in our community.

Education

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 2021

National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), Certified Paralegal, 2006

Michigan State University, B.A., cum laude, 2003

Q: What is the most important ingredient to a positive legal experience?

A:

A combination of a keen mind, to understand a client’s concerns; an inquisitive nature, to look for solutions to the client’s issues; and a good sense of humor to keep everything in perspective.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

State Bar of Michigan, Member

National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), Member

Anti-Defamation League (ADL), 2022 Glass Leadership Institute Participant

Bar Admission

Michigan

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

Awards and Recognition

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law Review, Associate Editor

Certificate of Appreciation from the Governor of Michigan and EGLE Director, 2020

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