Key Service Areas
- Human Resource and Employment Law
Legal Assistant - Sherry Dykstra
Grand Rapids Location
55 Campau Avenue NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
11377 James Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
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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