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Mike Walton

"The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience."

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


Key Service Areas

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law


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About Mike

How do you help businesses and individuals?

The clients I serve run the gamut from individuals to multi-national businesses. My practice often involves negotiation and dispute resolution from the most simple disagreements to complex litigation. In every attorney client relationship, I strive to let my clients know the advantages of the available dispute resolution mechanisms and risks in their positions, from my experiences from resolving the smallest dispute to presenting oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court.

How have your skills evolved in your career?

One of the greatest skills any lawyer can develop is the ability to listen to their client, to determine the client's objective, how they want to meet that objective, and then provide advice on the legal and practical path best suited to achieving that objective. I have spent my career first listening, then advising.

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

I learned early in practice that being a zealous advocate and being a civil advocate are not mutually exclusive. Most people who make decisions in dispute resolution - judges, juries, arbitrators, opposing individuals - appreciate and are most responsive to vigorous debate while maintaining civility. Extra effort and thought in advocating civilly is more likely to obtain a better result.


Detroit College of Law, J.D.

Michigan State University,


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Q: What is your client service philosophy?


That it is the client’s matter. The client must make many of the decisions as any matter moves forward. To accomplish that, I must provide the client with the information he or she needs to make informed decisions. My philosophy is to provide timely, effective useful communication to every client.


Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member and Former President (1999-2000)

State Bar of Michigan, Member

United States Supreme Court Bar Association, Member

Michigan Land Title Association, Member

First Hand Aid, President, Board of Directors

City of East Grand Rapids, City Commissioner, 1989 - 1997

Kent County Community Health Board, Member 1997-2000

Bar Admission


Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers of America®, Commercial Litigation & Real Estate and Construction Litigation

Leading LawyersSM

Grand Rapids Magazine, Best Lawyers

Martindale Hubbell, Highest AV® Preeminent Rating

Best Lawyers® 2016 "Lawyer of the Year", Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction and Litigation - Real Estate