Key Service Areas
- Human Resource and Employment Law
- Dispute Resolution and Litigation Services
Legal Assistant - Robin Takens
Grand Rapids Location
55 Campau Avenue NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
150 W Court St Suite A
Hastings, MI 49058
11377 James Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
What types of legal issues do you help individuals and businesses resolve?
As an employment litigator, I help employers resolve a wide variety of legal disputes that arise out of the work relationship. Such issues include complaints of discrimination or harassment from current or former employees and claims for unpaid wages. I also assist employers with transactional needs like creating and implementing workplace policies and preparing employment, contractor, noncompetition, and other agreements. As a counselor, I provide guidance and advice to employers with compliance and human resource questions.
What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?
I began my career as a judicial clerk and was fortunate to work in both state and federal courts and trial and appellate courts. That experience gave me insight into all angles of litigation from the court’s perspective early in my career, which in turn has helped me understand the risks of litigation at each stage in the process.
What did you learn in your first year of practice that you still utilize today?
To listen. Resolving disputes and solving problems requires understanding the client’s goals and what is really at stake. And listening is the first step in achieving that understanding. Listening is also an invaluable skill in litigation. You can’t know the next question to ask if you haven’t listened to the answer to the prior one.
UIC Law (formerly The John Marshall Law School), J.D. cum laude, 2006
Northern Illinois University, M.A., 2003
Queen's University, B.A., 2000