Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that Susan Kowalski has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer.

As Chief Operating Officer, Kowalski will provide input and leadership affecting financial planning and firm growth, human resources, marketing, technology, facilities, and client service for the three Rhoades McKee law offices located in Grand Rapids, Hastings, and Holland.

“We’re very excited to welcome Susan to the firm,” said Tony Pearson, Rhoades McKee President. “Her experience as part of the management team of a growing and dynamic firm in a vibrant market is a great fit for who we are and where we are headed. Susan brings an approach of leadership through teamwork; developing team members to be able to realize their potential working together. It’s wonderful to have a new member of the team that shares a vision to help us continue to provide the same efficient and effective service our clients expect in an ever-changing legal environment.”

Before joining Rhoades McKee, Kowalski served as the Chief Financial Officer at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, a full-service law firm with multiple locations. She was responsible for managing the accounting, finance, and tax functions of the firm. In addition to her time at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, Kowalski worked in public accounting at Ernst & Young.

A certified public accountant with over 25 years of significant legal, business, and accounting administration experience, Kowalski earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bowling Green State University.

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