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333 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504, United States
Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
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  • Taxation
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  • Michigan
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Gun Lake Band's Trust Land

Challenges to the Gun Lake Band's trust land, pursued by Michigan resident David Patchak since 2008, are finally at an end. Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the D.C. Circuit Court to affirm the…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Indigenous Peoples

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Visits with Michigan Farmers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in West Michigan in early February to meet with Michigan farmers. As reported by MLive.com, he told farmers that the new Farm Bill, which will be hashed out this year before the…more
 /  Agriculture

Enforce Your Intellectual Property or Risk Losing It

As a startup or early stage company, you have many things to focus on – growing your sales, revenue, cash flow, and creating meaningful profits. Protecting and enforcing your intellectual property (IP) is most likely not your…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Family Farms Threatened by Over-regulation

On February 7, 2018, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and recounted a long list of regulatory abuses and missteps by the federal…more
 /  Agriculture, Business Organizations

Michigan Dairy Farmer Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Hiring Illegal Immigrants

On January 4, 2018, dairy farmer Denis Burke was sentenced to two years in prison by U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington. Burke will have another two years of supervised release following time served. A fine of $1.38 million…more
 /  Agriculture, Criminal Law

Michigan Tax Considerations for Alternative Energy Producers

Alternative energy producers planning to locate or expand in Michigan face a number of unique tax challenges. As a dynamic and highly technical industrial sector that has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade, the…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Taxation

Amended Child Protection Law Benefits Tribes

On March 7, Gov. Snyder signed legislation to amend the Child Protection Law, allowing the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to share information from an Indian child’s protective services case with tribal…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Family Law, Indigenous Peoples

Michigan Lawmakers Busy with a Variety of Issues

The Michigan Legislature has been very active following Gov. Snyder’s final State of the State address. Some of the more recent highlights of interest, according to Michigan Farm News and Michigan Farm Bureau..…more
 /  Agriculture, Elections & Politics

Farm Bureau Asks Court to Block Obama WOTUS Rule

According to Michigan Farm News, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the Texas Farm Bureau and other members of a broad industry and agricultural coalition have asked a federal district court in Texas to issue a…more
 /  Agriculture, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

2019 H-1B Visas - Need to Begin Process Now

Employers may first apply for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on Monday, April 2, 2018 for a start date of October 1, 2018…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

2018 Michigan Property Tax Review: Is Your Business Being over Assessed?

Michigan property values have been relatively stable in recent years. In certain cases, this type of stability will result in predictable and stable property tax assessments. However, there are many instances in which both real…more
 /  Taxation

Legislation Exempting Tribes From The National Labor Relations Act Passes The House

The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (TLSA) passed the House of Representatives in the afternoon on January 10, 2018, with a 239-173 vote. The TLSA, if it becomes law, will exclude "any Indian tribe, or any enterprise or institution…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Indigenous Peoples, Labor & Employment Law

As Legislation Stalls, Tribes Remain Under National Labor Relations Act: What Should Tribal Employers Do Next?

Despite hopeful signs in early 2017, a proposed federal law to exempt Indian tribes and tribal employers from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has failed to progress beyond the most introductory legislative stages as of…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Indigenous Peoples, Labor & Employment Law

New Tax Law Changes How Employers Claim Sexual Harassment Settlements

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Act") was signed into law on December 22 by President Trump. The Act contains a provision that will change how employers are taxed, when settlement is reached in sexual harassment and…more
 /  Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Michigan Expands Settlement Authority for Tax Disputes

Governor Snyder signed PA 215 of 2017 on December 20, 2017. This new law creates for the first time the potential to settle tax disputes during the administrative appeal process prior to litigation. However, taxpayers and their…more
 /  Taxation
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