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Themis J. Fotieo

About me

Our firm has been in existence for more than 50 years.  Our founders were trailblazers in the Workers Compensation arena.  All current members of the firm are trial attorneys with extensive experience.  Together we have well over 100 years combined experience.  All members of the firm have been selected as Leading Lawyers.  

Over the last two decades I have helped lead the charge in defending the Workers Compensation Law to stem the tide of unwarranted and harmful changes.

From the moment I first meet my client I begin contemplating how to best present the case.  More importantly, I believe that a good lawyer does not just sit back and let the case try itself.  Instead, I enjoy thinking and plotting how to make the case better.  I consider my client to be part of the team.  Too often attorneys leave their clients in the dark on important issues that may arise.  I have been amazed at how often my clients are able to provide me with excellent arguments and facts to counter the latest attack from the insurance attorney.  I enjoy the battle.  I enjoy the negotiating.  But most of all I enjoy cross-examining the insurance company's witnesses.  More often than not I will call the personnel director or supervisor as my first witness.  Even though many defense lawyers know that I will often do this, I am still amazed at what good evidence we are able to elicit out of the mouths of the defendant’s own representatives. 

Except for 7 years of college and law school in Ann Arbor and a brief stint in Washington DC, I have been a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, MI.  


Languages spoken: Greek, English

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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 65%
  2. Social Security: 30%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



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  • Robert J. Macdonald

    Themis Fotieo is a brilliant and tenacious advocate for injured workers. Attorneys throughout the state look to him for creative ideas on developing and winning their cases. I highly recommend him.


    Robert Macdonald Workers Compensation Attorney
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  • Thomas A. Geelhoed

    I am a lawyer in Grand Rapids, MI. Themis Fotieo is the best lawyer in Grand Rapids, MI. Get him to take your case if at all possible.


    Thomas Geelhoed Social Security Attorney
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Contact info

Reamon Fotieo House PC

934 Scribner Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI, 49504


MIActive And In Good Standing197611/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Rated LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Client Rating: Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Top RatedLeading Lawyers Network2014
Top RatedSuper Lawyers2013
Top RatedSuper Lawyers2012
Top RatedSuper Lawyers2011
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentReamon, Fotieo and House, PC1976 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leading Lawyers NetworkAdvisory Board (Kent County)2014 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaining Member1999 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Social Security Lawyers SectionMember1990 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Workers' Compensation Law SectionMember1983 - Present
Michigan Association for JusticeSustaining Member1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
WC - Trampoline CaseTwo Million with Special Needs Trust
WC - Construction Injury - Arising Out of Issue"2.5 Million
Mathis v Interstate Motor Freight Systems, 408 Mich 164 (1980)Court held that the exclusive remedy provision did not bar claimant from also receiving No-Fault benefits directly from an employer who was self insured on the vehicle. Court also held the WC offset to be constitutional.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolMagna Cum LaudeJD - Juris Doctor1976
Unversity of MichiganPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
County Road Administrators Self-Insureds Fund ConferenceMock Workers Compensation Facilitation2014
Spectrum Health Occupational Health Annual Seminar“Behind the Scenes in a Workers’ Comp Case: What Really Happens at a Doctor’s Deposition”2013
2012 Michigan Self-Insurers Spring ConferenceWorkers Compensation 1012012
House Commerce CommitteeTestified Concerning Michigan House Bill 50022011