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Stephen Hulst

"The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Key Service Areas

  • Business Valuation Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation Services


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About Stephen

How do you help businesses and individuals?

I help businesses and owners navigate through their legal issues, often in the Michigan Business Courts. My experience includes representing clients in all sorts of business-related disputes, including those involving breach of contract, conversion and embezzlement, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and employment-related claims. As part of my business-litigation practice, I also specialize in cases involving business valuation and “business divorce” issues, such as shareholder-oppression, dissenter's rights, and divorce cases where a business interest is involved. I also routinely help clients involved in sales-commission disputes and litigate claims under Michigan’s procuring-cause doctrine and Sales Representative Commission Act.

What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?

Since graduating with a business degree, I have taken comprehensive courses through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Society of Appraisers (ASA). I am currently taking the ASA’s rigorous business-valuation courses, which require me to pass an exam after each course. To date, I have taken three of the four courses, passing all three. My business background and financial training helps me to better understand my clients’ businesses and the economic realities of the case, and gives me the ability to tell the most compelling story I can for my clients.

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

Preparation is key. I learned this early on in my career from working with some great litigators at our firm. They didn't just show up to court and, on the spot, present a winning argument to the judge. Instead, the end product - whether it was a written brief, an oral argument, or an opening statement at trial - was effective because of the effort that went into preparing for it.


Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2006

Hope College, B.A., Business Management, summa cum laude, 2003


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“Stephen’s work on our behalf was absolutely phenomenal. He extensively prepared months in advance of the trial, he knew the law backwards and forwards, and his public speaking was excellent. We could tell that he really put his heart and soul into our case, and it definitely showed in the results. We recommend Stephen Hulst in the strongest possible terms.”

—Ariah Van Os, General Manager, Serviscreen, Inc.

The Chair of the Litigation Practice Group, Stephen provides educational resources to clients and other professionals by publishing and reporting on the decisions rendered by the Michigan Business Courts. You can find the Michigan Business Court Blog here.


State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section Member

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Litigation Section Member

Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan, Young Professionals Board Member

Legal Aid of West Michigan, Volunteer Attorney

Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, Recruiting Committee Member

Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan, Member

Bar Admission



U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Awards and Recognition

Michigan Lawyer's Weekly 2014 "Up and Coming Lawyer"

Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star - Business Litigation

Valparaiso University School of Law: Law Review member, graduate of Honors Program (full-ride scholarship and advanced course requirements), Class Honors in Civil Procedure, Uniform Commercial Code: Sales and Secured Transactions, Medical Malpractice, and Legal Process

Hope College: Phi Beta Kappa, George F. Baker Scholar, Washington D.C. Honors Semester participant, Dean's List every semester

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2016