My practice is focused almost exclusively on the transactional side of the law, representing a broad range of business and individual clients of all shapes and sizes.
Spending most of my day working with highly detailed federal acquisition regulations and legal documents, I strive to set myself apart by providing an efficient legal work product that does not sacrifice the effectiveness and attention to detail that should always be an attorney’s top priority.
I have been honored to be named as one of the Muskegon Chronicle’s 40 under 40 future leaders, a Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Future 15 recipient, a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2012 through 2015 for my work in the real estate practice area, and I am a Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM) with the National Contract Management Association.
I have been a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan since 2004, and I am also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
I received my law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in May, 2004. While in law school, I served as an assistant track and field coach for the Cavaliers, as an intern in the NCAA Rules Compliance Office, and as an editorial board member of the school’s Journal of Law and Politics and the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.
Prior to earning my law degree, I received a BA in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Michigan in December, 2000, where I was a hurdler on the Wolverines track and field team and a news editor for the Michigan Daily. Before entering law school, I served as the head women’s track and field coach for Dexter (Michigan) High School.
My legal career has provided me with outstanding experiences that always keep me entertained and excited to come to work each day. Following are a few highlights of the type of work I have done for clients:
- Represented national factory outlet retail developers in the negotiation of leases and amendments.
- Represented large-cap international manufacturer in the sale of its industrial park real estate parcels.
- Represented municipalities and local landowners in the negotiation of cell tower leases and amendments.
- Represented amusement park in reducing a special assessment from $600,000 to $0.
- Represented local agricultural manufacturer in obtaining an industrial facilities tax exemption.
- Represented manufacturer in the termination and government takeover of underfunded pension plan.
I value giving time back to the local communities and legal profession that have incredibly blessed me to this point in my life, and I have served in the following positions:
- Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Committee Co-Chair
- Downtown Muskegon Now, Board of Directors Vice-Chair
- River Valley Chamber of Commerce of Newaygo County, Board of Trustees
- Port City Professionals Chapter of Business Networking International, President
- State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, Executive Council
- Community enCompass, Board of Directors
- Fellowship Reformed Church of Muskegon, Deacon
“In Real Life”
Family: I grew up in Fremont, Michigan, where my Dad worked at Gerber Products for 40 years. I currently live in Zeeland, Michigan with my wife Beth, an elementary school Spanish immersion teacher. We have a 4 year old son, Jackson, and a black lab, Haley.
Sports: I am a die-hard fan of all things baseball, football and track & field, especially my beloved Detroit Tigers. I spent time as a high school football referee, which taught me how to stay calm and confident during tough legal negotiations.
Leisure Activities: I am an avid watcher of all genres of movies, which makes sense considering my favorite book is The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. I am also actively involved in the political scene at the state and local level.
Traveling: Beth and I enjoy traveling throughout the United States and Spanish speaking countries. I have visited 42 states, and find it hard to match the beautiful sand dunes of northern Lake Michigan.
Using Retirement Plan Assets to Fund a Start-up Company, The Michigan Business Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer 2010).
Are Retroactive Amendments to Condominium Bylaws Enforceable?, Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 32, No. 3 (Fall 2005).