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Randall L. Velzen almost exclusively practices in the area of family law (including estate planning). He helps his clients through the often complicated divorce process and is highly experienced with such sensitive matters as custody issues, property divisions and support.


Randy was one of the first attorneys in West Michigan to complete Collaborative law training through the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan("CPIM"), which is the state board for Collaborative professionals. He is currently the Board of Directors Chair of CPIM. In addition, Randy is part of the training team PRISM, LLC which trains professionals for Collaborative divorce. Randy is a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of West Michigan. In a Collaborative divorce, the parties and attorneys sign a contract committing to try to settle the case. All issues are settled prior to any court involvement. The primary benefit of Collaborative law is that from the onset of the divorce process all parties are committed to settling the case, rather than pursuing litigation. Only attorneys trained in the Collaborative process can handle a truly Collaborative case. Randy is of the strong conviction that this process of resolving marital disputes with dignity is usually a better and less damaging approach for the families involved.


Currently Randy’s practice is about ⅓ Collaborative, ⅓ mediation/arbitration, and ⅓ litigation. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to dissolving a marriage.
He began his professional career in 1978 as an associate with the Law Firm of Murphy Burns & McInerney. In 1981, he was a founding member of the law firm of Napieralski Walsh & Velzen, leaving that firm to become a sole practitioner in 1985. He continued as a sole practitioner until December 1999, when he joined Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge. In August 2010, he became a founding member of Velzen, Johnsen & Wikander, P.C.


Randy is married to Laurie Velzen and they have two sons, Andrew and Benjamin.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 25%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 25%
  3. Trusts: 25%
  4. Family: 25%



Hourly ($325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Joseph Haskell

    Randy is a class act, is very knowledgeable, and a leader in the community. I have opposed him on cases, and referred clients to him. I would be happy to do either again.


    Michael Haskell Family Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Randall. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Velzen Johnsen & Wikander PC

29 Pearl St NW.
Suite. 414
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-3020


MIActive And In Good Standing197811/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
President's AwardGrand Rapids Bar Association2011
Michael S. Barnes AwardLegal Aid of Western Michigan2005
Volunteer of the YearEaster Seals Michigan1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderVelzen, Johnsen & Wikander2010 - Present
AttorneySmith Haughey Rice & Roegge1999 - 2010
AttorneySole Practitioner1985 - 1999
Founding MemberNapieralski Walsh & Velzen1981 - 1985
AssociateMurphy Burns & McInerney1978 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Michigan Supreme Court Conciliation CommitteeMemberN/A
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMemberN/A
PRISM Perspectives LLCFounding MemberN/A
Collaborative Divorce Professionals of West MichiganFounding MemberN/A
Collaborative Practice Institute of MichiganPresidentN/A
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPast ChairN/A
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Membership CommitteeMemberN/A
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Pro Bono CommitteeMemberN/A
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law SectionPast ChairN/A
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationSecretaryN/A
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, Legislation CommitteeMemberN/A
State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionChairN/A
State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionChairN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Calvin CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Collaborative Law TrainingCollaborative Law2013
Collaborative Law TrainingCollaborative Law2012
Collaborative Law TrainingCollaborative Law2011