Key Service Areas
- Commercial Litigation
- Business Valuation Litigation
- Personal Injury and No-Fault Litigation
legal assistant - Deb Pachulski
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?
I help businesses and owners navigate their legal issues, often in the Michigan Business Courts. My experience includes representing clients in all kinds of business-related disputes, including those involving breach of contract, conversion and embezzlement, fraud, sales commissions, and breach of fiduciary duty. As part of my business-litigation practice, I specialize in cases involving business-valuation and “business divorce” issues, such as shareholder-oppression and dissenter’s rights.
My practice also focuses on representing individuals in personal injury matters, including those injured in auto accidents and as a result of negligence, as well as individuals and medical providers seeking recovery of benefits under Michigan’s No-Fault Act. I have extensive experience helping individuals and providers work with insurance companies, adjustors, and the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association in attempting to resolve their disputes, and have recovered millions of dollars for clients seeking compensation for injuries or benefits they are entitled to under insurance policies.
What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?
After graduating with a business degree, I have continued building my expertise by completing courses through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). My clients also benefit from my overall experience with claims under the No-Fault Act as, over the past ten years, I have likely filed and settled more provider claims than nearly any other attorney in West Michigan. Finally, I also have had the privilege of representing many people who have suffered injuries due to another’s negligence and understand the importance of being able to communicate the true extent of a client’s damages. My experience includes trying a case to a jury in one of the most conservative counties in the state and obtaining a verdict and judgment that was more than three times what the insurance company offered to my clients.
What did you learn in your first year of practice that you still utilize today?
Preparation is key. I learned this early 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. 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