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Marisa Griggs

"The law, for all its failings, has a noble goal - to make the little bit of life that people can actually control more just. We can't end disease or natural disasters, but we can devise rules for our dealings with one another that fairly weighs the rights and needs of everyone, and which, therefore, reflect our best versions of ourselves."

Scott Turow

Key Service Areas

  • Human Resource and Employment Law


Legal Assistant - Sherry Dykstra

About Marisa

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

I am an effective and trusted counselor to employers on their day-to-day employment and labor issues, including the FMLA, EEOC, ADA, employee hiring, discipline and discharge decisions, and wage and hour law. I have significant experience drafting employment policies and employee handbooks to help employers maintain lawful policies and practices that meet their unique needs. In addition to advisory services, I also train management-level employees so that they may identify risks and avoid or mitigate potential legal liabilities.

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

I have an insider’s perspective of the day-to-day issues facing employers because, prior to joining Rhoades McKee, I served as Legal Counsel and Human Resources Director of a multi-state corporation. Overseeing more than 500 employees nationwide, I counseled and worked closely with senior–level managers on complex issues such as policy interpretation, performance and disability management, employee discipline and discharge, conflict resolution, and other issues representing significant risk to the corporation. Having handled these issues while working inside a company, I can empathize with my clients and offer practical guidance to help them efficiently solve their problems.

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

While some don’t consider law a creative profession, I couldn’t disagree more. I learned early in my career that great lawyers are not only logical and analytical, but they must also display a great deal of creativity in their problem solving. The best solution is not always the most obvious, and in order to outmaneuver your competitors, innovative and creative action is often necessary.


Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2013

Drexel University, B.A. Communication/Global Journalism, magna cum laude, 2010


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Q: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?


I enjoy the great variety! There is no “typical” day, and learning about different clients’ industries and operations is quite interesting. Each set of facts and allegations are unique and require creative legal analysis. Employment laws are also constantly evolving at the federal, state, and local law levels, and these developments keep work exciting.


State Bar of Michigan, Member

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Western Region, Member

Bar Admission


Awards and Recognition

Associate Editor for The Journal of Law and Medicine, Michigan State University College of Law