Key Service Areas
- Human Resource and Employment Law
- Insurance Defense
legal assistant - Sherry Dykstra
Grand Rapids Location
55 Campau Avenue NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
11377 James Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
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.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.
Grand Valley State College, B.S.
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