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Paul McCarthy

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."

Galileo Galilei

Key Service Areas

  • Business Valuation Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation Services
  • Family Law and Divorce


legal assistant - Brittany Poelman

About Paul

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

Q: What would your client(s) say about you?


“Paul demonstrated true dedication in resolving a complex business case. He worked with great intensity and purpose to prepare me for trial.  Beyond reviewing with me all the forensic evidence while making clear the legal implications, he was a true champion for our company and its cause.   I’ve had two very significant business events – this trial and buying out a former partner – and, in both, Rhoades McKee navigated me to very successful outcomes.”

– Drew Boersma, CEO, Tooling Systems Group

“While helping me grapple with a new reality, Paul carefully and systematically exposed my husband’s double-life and the diversion and waste of significant assets he tried hiding through his business. Always responsive, he handled the economic issues with laser focus while at the same time handling the emotional issues with great empathy- a rare combination of attributes. With the expertise of Paul and his excellent support staff, the outcome of my divorce has given me great peace-of-mind.” – Gwen


State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids Bar Association, and Panel Member of Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow

The Right Place, Board of Directors

Bar Admission


Awards and Recognition

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, "Go To Lawyer" for Business Litigation, 2023

Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating

International Society of Barristers

Michigan's Law and Politics, Super Lawyer, Business Litigation

Leading LawyersSM

Best Lawyers of America®, Legal Malpractice Defense, Commercial Litigation, and Banking Litigation

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

2011 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in Law

Chambers and Partners, Ranked Lawyer, 2012 - 2023

Best Lawyers of America®, “Lawyer of the Year”- Litigation- Banking and Finance

Grand Rapids Magazine, Top Lawyer in Banking and Finance Litigation & Commercial Litigation

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