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"Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."

Abraham Lincoln


Key Service Areas

  • Agriculture Industry Services
  • Financial Institution Services
  • Tax Law


legal assistant - Kathy Haisma

About Terry

What types of legal issues do you help individuals and businesses resolve?

Taxes are difficult, both to calculate and to pay. I assist individuals and businesses to make informed decisions regarding transactions to receive tax benefits and advantages. If an individual or business is audited by a tax authority, I provide representation to insure that the merit of their position is properly advocated to the tax authority and if necessary to the appellate or adjudication levels. When an individual or business is unable to pay taxes which are not in dispute, I use the resources of the firm to reach a resolution.

How have your skills evolved in your career?

I began my legal career representing the Internal Revenue Service. I gained an understanding of tax authorities from that experience which is utilized to advise individuals and businesses on the most efficient and effective approach to avoid tax controversies or to resolve tax controversies that have commenced. The 19 years of experience representing taxpayers has helped me to become creative in achieving positive results.

How do any of your community interests or activities facilitate how you represent your client?

As Chair of the Tax and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, I am involved in advocating for tax legislation that will benefit West Michigan business and individuals and challenging legislation and policies that are detrimental. The Committee is made up of leaders from businesses, both regional and local, that drive our economy. Working with those business leaders to reach their goals has helped me become a better advocate for my clients.


Valparaiso University, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A.


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Q: What is the most important ingredient to making a positive legal experience?


Positive communication between the lawyer and the client results in the best legal experience. The lawyer needs to know as many of the facts and concerns of the client as possible. The client needs to know the options, cost and timing to resolve the matter at issue. Communication gets results.


Grand Rapids Bar Association, Former Chair of Business and Tax Section

State Bar of Michigan, Tax Section

University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids, Board Member

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Tax and Regulatory Affairs Committee

Bar Admission



U.S. Tax Court

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers of America®, Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization

Michigan's Law and Politics, Super Lawyers

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