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Mary Ann Cartwright

"The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one and to give everyone else his due."

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Key Service Areas

  • Human Resource and Employment Law
  • Insurance Defense

616.233.5116

legal assistant - Sherry Dykstra

About Mary Ann

What legal issues do your clients typically face?

My clients typically need advice on a variety of complex employment issues arising under state and federal law. Questions include employee privacy versus the obligation to provide a safe and productive work environment; paying employees correctly, balancing protected speech versus discriminatory or threatening behavior, handling employee disability issues from workers compensation, pregnancy discrimination, Family Leave requirements or obligations under disability laws and preventing any form of discrimination in the workplace.

What skills help you advise the client and achieve the best results or outcomes?

I have been fortunate to practice in several areas of the law over my long career. As such, my knowledge is not limited to the area in which I primarily practice but to a variety of issues that impact employers. While the knowledge of the law is important, it is the the ability to listen to clients, understand and focus on their concerns, develop facts, and create business solutions which will assist the them in traversing legal quagmires while operating their business.

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

I learned that listening, not jumping to conclusions, weighing all the facts and taking the time to fully analyze the situation is one of the most important things a lawyer can do for themselves and their client.

Education

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.

Grand Valley State College, B.S.

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

A:

I love problem solving with the clients especially when you can create a positive result in a negative situation.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Ottawa County Community Mental Health Board, Board Member

Reentry Employment Resource Center, Board Member

Bar Admission

Michigan

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

Awards and Recognition

Martindale Hubbell, AVĀ® Preeminent Rating

Hope Network Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, 2005

American Jurisprudence Labor Law Book Award

Recognized as Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2015 Women in the Law