Case Studies

  • Reversing the Burden of Proof

    Reversing the Burden of Proof

    March 3, 2016

    We represented the plaintiff, who was hired to grow the defendant company.  In exchange, he was paid a salary plus 20% of the company’s profits.  The problem was that the owner of the company depressed the company profits by improperly expensing items for various other companies and also for personal expenses, which cheated plaintiff out […]

  • Client awarded judgment of $500,000

    December 22, 2015

    Mr. Jackson provided his retirement funds to the defendants for purposes of purchasing and rehabilitating specific properties in Grand Rapids. Through a series of complicated transactions, however, Mr. Spencer transferred the money to his solely owned side company and thereafter spent Mr. Jackson’s money on himself. Six months after the lawsuit was filed, Mr. Spencer […]

  • Complex Condemnation Case

    December 10, 2015

    The state offered $144k as “just compensation” for 10-acres of vacant land owned by a highly specialized West Michigan nursery business. The property taken by the state was needed by the nursery for its continued expansion, as it was contiguous to its core facility. The state refused to recognize any impact on the nursery beyond the […]

  • Property Tax Exemptions Recovered

    November 2, 2015

    A principal residence exemption (PRE) exempts a residence from the tax levied by a local school district for school operating purposes up to 18 mills. To qualify for a PRE, a person must be a Michigan resident who owns and occupies the property as a “principal residence.” This “principal residence” issue becomes very significant for […]

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