Key Service Areas
- Business Planning and Corporate Law
- Mergers and Acquisitions
Legal Assistant - Aleia Wright
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
How do you help businesses and individuals?
Most of my time is spent in the transactional world, advising on tax issues, corporate governance and formation, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions. Many (seemingly) non-financial actions have a tax or financial component that frequently impacts the decision-making process. I provide businesses and individuals with technical insight regarding these components so that legal landmines may be successfully navigated.
What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?
In addition to being a lawyer, I am also a Certified Public Accountant. I have several years of accounting and finance experience, including working as an auditor for a national accounting firm. Before becoming an auditor, I worked in the finance department of an international, publicly-traded company. The technical skills I gained from these roles not only assist me in providing sound legal advice, but also allow me to read financial documents and understand complex commercial transactions.
What type of cases do you find the most rewarding to work on?
I find the most satisfaction in negotiating settlement offers with the IRS on behalf of clients. Many of the clients I work with are ordinary taxpayers who have been unable to service their federal or state tax liability because of a job loss, medical bill, or an unexpected emergency. Allowing taxpayers to settle thousands of dollars in tax liability for a nominal amount provides them with relief from stressful collection notices and a fresh start. The settlement process also creates frequent opportunities to dispense advice on avoiding many of these issues in the first place.
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2021
Calvin College, B.S., Accounting, 2016