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333 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504, United States
Contact: Tamara Bergstrom
Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
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  • Education
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  • Environmental Law
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  • Government
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  • Immigration Law
  • Indigenous Peoples
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  • Labor & Employment Law
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  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Michigan
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Recreational UAS Registration Rule Struck Down

On Friday, May 19, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down FAA’s registration rule for recreational unmanned aerial system (drone) users, also called model aircraft…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Is Your Neighbor’s Dock on Your Property?

I've always envied accountants because their busy season ends when the weather starts to get nice. As a riparian rights attorney, I have the opposite problem. When lake season approaches, and docks and lifts are installed, my…more
 /  Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Legal and Tax Conversions: Changing Your Company Structure Without Changing Your Company

Do you remember talking with your co-founders, your attorney and your accountant about what type of entity you should choose for your new company? And all of that discussion about limited liability, governance structure,…more
 /  Business Organizations, Taxation

Two Employment Law Issues Startups Should Know About

It's no secret that the first year of operation can make or break a startup. Don't let overlooked employment issues be your startup's downfall. Below is a brief overview of two major issues startups face in their first year…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

IRS Dirty Dozen for 2017, Tax Shelters, and Captive Insurance: Attacking Past Problems Using a Voluntary Disclosure Strategy

The IRS summarized its annual "Dirty Dozen" List of Tax Scams for 2017 in February. Practitioners and taxpayers should pay particular attention. The IRS is broadcasting their playbook. This list includes two principal types of…more
 /  Taxation

Michigan Treasury Issues Revised Interpretation of Unitary Business Groups Following LaBelle Decision

On February 28, 2017, the Michigan Department of Treasury issued guidance in response to the Supreme Court's denial of Treasury's application to appeal LaBelle Management, Inc v Michigan Department of Treasury, 315 Mich App 23…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Review of Dodd-Frank: Another Ride on the Regulatory Roller-Coaster?

The recent Executive Order seeking to curtail financial regulation put in place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis will undoubtedly have widespread implications for credit unions. Such regulation – notably the Dodd-Frank…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might…more
 /  Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Recent Sixth Circuit Ruling Impacts Prayer at Public Meetings

If you are a Jackson County resident, your next local Board of Commissioners' meetings might look a little different than what you are used to. On February 15, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that county…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law

Decision on Unitary Group Stands after Michigan Supreme Court Chooses Not to Review

On January 24, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court denied the application filed by the Michigan Department of Treasury (the "Department") for leave to appeal the Court of Appeals' published decision in LaBelle Management v Michigan…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Citing Regulatory Freeze, IRS Stops Issuing Administrative Guidance

One of President Trump's signature campaign issues involved relief from "burdensome federal regulations," without a lot of detail about what regulations in particular he had in mind. Soon after the inauguration, he issued an…more
 /  Administrative Law, Taxation

Good Advice for Everyone: Ten Steps to Avoid Big Trouble

On both a business and individual level, there are ten easy steps you can take now to avoid big trouble later. If you address just five of these items this month, you will be half way there. Originally published in the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

How to Get the Best Price for Your Cell Tower Lease

Property owners with cell towers on their buildings or land are routinely approached to sell their cell lease and future leasing rights, which typically sell in the range of 15 to 20 times annual revenues, sometimes more. …more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Science, Computers, & Technology

Managing a Dairy in Crisis: A Lender’s Guide

Managing a failing dairy is always a challenge for agricultural lenders. The complexity of large dairies, the nature of the collateral (live animals and perishable feeds), and the tight margins that exist when milk prices fall…more
 /  Agriculture, Finance & Banking

How to Qualify as a Women-Owned Small Business

Last year, we wrote about the opportunities available to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. There are also programs available to provide similar advantages to women-owned businesses. One such program is the…more
 /  Business Organizations
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