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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

Stephen Hulst Commercial Litigation Attorney

Key Service Areas

  • Business Valuation Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation Services

616.233.5155

legal assistant - Deb Pachulski

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, and breach of fiduciary duty. 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 have extensive experience in sales-commission disputes and claims under Michigan’s procuring-cause doctrine and Sales Representative Commission Act. Finally, I routinely represent clients in personal-injury matters, including those injured in auto accidents and as a result of a negligence, as well as medical providers seeking recovery under Michigan’s No-Fault Act.

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 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. 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 ever 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 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. 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.

Education

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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Q: What would your client say about you?

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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.



 

“We found Stephen to be an outstanding communicator who kept us comfortable and informed of the legal process as it unfolded. His preparation and presentation in court was so effective that he simply outclassed the opposing attorney. He achieved this result not only in his knowledge of the law, but also in his tactics and attention to detail in jury selection. We would not hesitate to recommend him, and his team.”

 

-John and Ailene Pugno



 

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.

Associations

State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section Member

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Litigation Section Member

Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan, Past 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

Hillman Trial Advocacy Program, Steering Committee

Bar Admission

Michigan

Illinois

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