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Bruce A. Courtade

Practice areas:

Litigation, Construction & Development, Business

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About Me

I am an experienced commercial litigator and construction lawyer, representing clients large and small in courts throughout Michigan.


 


My litigation experience includes handling everything from routine collection cases through representing the plaintiff in a shareholder oppression/fraud case that resulted in the largest jury verdict in the history of Kent County, Michigan (roughly $7.9 million) in November 2010.


 


My construction practice involves all aspects of construction projects, as I have represented owners, architects, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and suppliers and sureties on projects throughout Michigan. I offer full services concerning construction projects, from drafting and reviewing contracts through enforcing those agreements and (if necessary) litigating issues relating to liability for damages suffered or contract balances owed by the various parties.


 


I have also served as a court-appointed arbitrator, and have served as a "neutral" case evaluator in the Kent County Circuit Court for more than a decade, recognizing the fact that my background in handling plaintiffs' and defense work positions me well to evaluate cases without bias or slant toward either side in a lawsuit.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Construction & Development: 45%
    27 years
  2. Litigation: 45%
    27 years
  3. Business: 10%
    27 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($275-325/hour), Contingent (25-33%), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Steven L. Rayman

    I endorse this lawyer.I have worked with Bruce on both sides, as opposing counsel and, together on matters. He is an excellent business lawyer. I would recommend him highly.

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  • Michelle Marie Mclean

    I endorse this lawyer. Bruce is well-respected in the legal community as being extremely knowledgable and ethical. He is a strong advocate for his clients and a very talented litigator.

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    Michelle Mclean Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

161 Ottawa Ave Nw Ste 600
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Rhoades McKee

161 Ottawa Ave NW
Suite 600
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing198806/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Distinguished Alumni Service AwardAlumni Association of the University of Michigan2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
President's AwardGrand Rapids Bar Association2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Top 40 Under 40Grand Rapids Business Journal1997
John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono AwardState Bar of Michigan1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Vice President/ShareholderRhoades McKee2000 - Present
Associate and then ShareholderLaw, Weathers & Richardson1988 - 2000

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of MichiganPresident2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationHouse of Delegates2011 - Present
State Bar of Michigan FoundationMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1988 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan chapter)MemberN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of MichiganHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1984