Key Service Areas
- Business Valuation Litigation
- Dispute Resolution & Litigation Services
- Family Law and Divorce
legal assistant - Becky Becktold
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?
With a background in finance and accounting, and with specialized training in business valuation, I help clients determine the value of privately held business interests, often in high-stakes, complex and (sometimes) contentious shareholder and family law disputes. Business valuation expertise is critical to my clients with respect to shareholder and governance issues, shareholders looking to exit companies who either have or lack liquidity rights, families in multi-generational businesses, divorce actions where an interest in the company is subject to marital division, post-acquisition disputes, and officers, directors, or shareholders in oppression litigation, dissenters’ rights actions, or actions involving breach of fiduciary duties, and trustees and beneficiaries of trusts holding privately held interests.
What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?
Lawyers typically leave the finance and accounting work to experts. Not us. We uncover the economic truths, uniquely work up our financial experts and very effectively expose the errors of opposing experts. Numbers tell stories, too, and I love helping those numbers come to life.
What has been the most exciting news you have had to deliver to a client?
"You missed the verdict! The jury awarded you $8.0 million dollars!"
Marquette University, M.B.A., 1994
Marquette University, J.D., cum laude, 1992
University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, B.B.A., with distinction, 1989
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