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Zoe Martinez

"What you see and what you hear depends a good deal on where you are standing."

C.S. Lewis

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Key Service Areas

  • Human Resource and Employment Law

616.233.5136

legal assistant - Patty Doren

About Zoe

How do you help businesses and individuals?

I work with businesses to manage a broad range of employment-related issues. Whether it is compliance education and planning, resolving workplace complaints, or defending a lawsuit, my goal is always to partner with each client and leverage my knowledge and experience to identify and minimize risk while helping to foster the desired workplace culture that will ultimately help their business run better.

What skills help you advise the client and achieve the best results or outcomes?

To me, best results and outcomes extend beyond any single legal issue or lawsuit. Rather, they are long-term objectives. That’s why I find it important to treat every legal issue as an opportunity to learn, change, and adopt new practices that will position the client in a way that offers them even better outcomes in the future than they originally thought possible.

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

Take the time to listen. You can't solve any problem if you don't understand it - and understanding includes more than just names, dates, and causes of action. Understanding includes history, context, and the perspective of both your client as well as the opposition. Taking time at the beginning of a project to listen and ask questions will save time in the end and provide for a more effective resolution.

Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2011

Calvin College, B.A., 2007

Insights

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Q: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?

A:

I love the variety and challenge of practicing law. No two days are ever the same, and I am constantly learning.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

State Bar of Michigan, Member

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Lakeshore Human Resource Management Association, Member

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Member

Bar Admission

Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan