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Heather Joy Atnip

Personal injury Attorney at Rochester, MI

4.4   13 reviews
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  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2006
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    We will fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve following a serious motor vehicle accident, representing your best interests both in and out of court, and in all interactions with insurance companies.

  2. Personal injury
    Serious and catastrophic injury claims from clients throughout metro Detroit and the UP are the focus of Atnip & Associates, PLLC. Our attorneys bring 35 years of legal experience to your case.

  3. Brain injury

  4. Wrongful death
    We also vigorously pursue cases against drunk drivers and distracted drivers. There is nothing more devastating than losing a loved one to or suffering a life-altering injury from a reckless or impaired driver.

  5. Insurance

  6. Insurance fraud
    Property Insurance Claims


Graduated from Wayne State Law School with Honors in 2006.  Previously worked for a large insurance company during law school.  Litigated over 10,000 personal injury cases to completion. 

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Atnip & Asssociates, PLLC
400 Water St.
Ste 205
Rochester, MI, 48307
Atnip & Associates Pllc
2740 N Meridian Road
Sanford, MI, 48657
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4.4 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Kejuante Wallace | August 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, honest, smart, strategic and compassionate
I've been a client of Heather Atnip for several years, her team is outgoing and very understanding. Heather is sharp as a tack and truly cares about her clients. She's thorough and knowledgable when it comes catastrophic claims. Her staff are equipped to handle many different cases of law. If I were you I would seek out someone who's professional, honest, smart, strategic and compassionate about both her job and clients. She is the attorney for you and your family. Love Tae!!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I've built an everlasting relationship with my Lawyer Heather Atnip
Heather Atnip was heaven sent! I was referred to Heather and once she got the case in her hands. Heather and her staff had committed themselves to my brother! My family & I was taken care of him to the best of our ability! Without the proper wheelchair accessible home! Without the proper shower for him. 24/7 around the clock care! When We had questions Heather and her staff was available to us! To answer all our needs. We can't thank Heather & Atnip Associates enough for their hard work and dedication to our case! If it wasnt for this great team! My brother wouldn't be living in a wheelchair accessible home right now! My family is so appreciative to the long hours and many countless times coming to our home at the time! To get the job done! I knew that Heather was the right person for the job!
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Posted by Peter | February 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience
Heather helped make a difficult task easier especially to someone who knows very little about the legal process and auto insurance (myself). She is very knowledgeable, helped explain things along the way and kept me up to date with what was going on. Very responsive as well with any questions of mine, and quick to action. If I am unfortunately in a similar situation in the future, I know who to contact.
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Response from Heather Atnip February 15, 2016
Thank you Peter! You were a delight to work with. Glad that we could help.
Posted by Yasir | March 3, 2015
After searching for many months for an attorney that I can trust to file suit on my behalf and represent me for my non-paid auto accidents bills. I was introduced to the best Trial Lawyer in Michigan, Attorney Heather Atnip. When I started my non-emergency transportation business back in 2010, I was losing out on thousands of dollars until Attorney Heather Atnip began representing me. I notice from the first time we met she was dedicated to her clients, educated in her field and passionate about her work. And, Attorney Atnip took the time to educate me on the filing process; while giving me step by step instructions on how to maintain good record keeping making the process of filing a Provider Law Suit a lot smoother. Once in the courtroom, it was apparent that I had the best Trial Lawyer in Michigan, Attorney Heather Atnip! Attorney Heather Atnip demonstrated her outstanding knowledge in Michigan Law and the Insurance Companies Defense Attorneys couldn’t stand a chance to win against a woman who is so fierce, knowledgeable, persuasive and tough! There’s not a case I would not allow Attorney Atnip to represent for me, because I know she will get the job done. To date, Attorney Atnip has won me over $100,000.00 in funds that was rightfully owed to me and is now representing my family and me for all of our legal matters. I am extremely satisfied with all of the services Attorney Atnip has to offer her clients and the staff at her law firm is very kind, friendly and professional. I personally recommend Attorney Heather Atnip to represent you then, you’ll be saying….”Attorney Atnip is the best Trial Lawyer in Michigan!” I guarantee it!
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Posted by Stephanie | February 12, 2015
Auto Accident Insurance
After contacting other law firms, Heather was recommended as "the best" auto law attorney in the state. We found her to be professional, caring, committed and most of all, totally knowledgeable. We were impressed with her promptness in returning all of our phone calls. There is no question that we hired the best attorney. We constantly recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. She is exceptional.
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Posted by Jackie | December 12, 2014
Outstanding attorney
Heather and her staff recently took on our case. She has gone above and beyond our expectations with great advice and leading us in the right direction. We couldn't be any happier with the service we recieved.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2014
Best of the Best
Heather is someone who is good at staying on top of things. If you want someone to get the job done - and get it done right - she is an outstanding selection. Very personable and VERY good at what she does.
Posted by Beth | January 18, 2014
Exceptional Attorney! Professional and Caring
Heather Atnip is indeed, an exceptional attorney, as well as a very caring and professional individual. When my dog and I were attacked by a pit bull dog, Heather not only did an excellent job researching, preparing and presenting the case, but so too she was genuinely concerned about my personal health, safety, and well-being. During the entire process from my initital meeting with Heather up until the final settlement hearing, Heather always kept me informed on the status of my case, as well as regularly shared information with me as to the next step in the process. Heather took time to explain each and every part of the litigation procedures and was sincerely interested in my physical and emotional healing from the injury. Even though Heather was also dealing with other cases and their respective clients, she always made me feel that my case was important to her and that she sincerely cared about me as an individual. Finally, Ms. Atnip's personal qualities of integrity, respect for others, and ability to work collaboratively with her clients and with other professionals enable her to be not only a very committed but also a very effective attorney. Hats off to Heather Joy Atnip for the incredible job which she did handling my case! I recommend her enthusiastically!
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Posted by Quincy | September 30, 2013
Truly a number 1 lawyer
She took my case and had to undo so much wrong that was done with my case and made it so right. Mrs. Atnip is true to her word and makes the client feel safe and confident so u can focus on getting better,also that u can get back to your life. So in the end if u want the best attorney go get Mrs. Heather J. Atnip and your sure to win and have a women who will never lie to u keep u informed and will have your best interest at heart
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Posted by Robert | November 4, 2012
Handles business
Heather took care of everything in an extremely professional and timely manner. She never steered me wrong when it came to the decision making and answered all my questions as they arose. In fact, when I have a legal issue to this day, I still ask her first what her opinion is and what I should do. If my friends ever need an attorney I would gladly send them to Heather because mainly, she handles business.
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Posted by Terri | November 2, 2012
Client Advocacy At It's Best!
I was referred to Heather Atnip by a very reputable attorney who felt that my case would be handled better by Heather due to her expertise in auto accidents. Heather was eager to take my case and informed me of many things that my auto insurance carrier neglected to mention or offer as a benefit of my policy, even after being one of their clients for more than 24 years! Heather kept me abreast of things, explained things to me in layman's terms, and often called just to check how my recovery was progressing. Heather truly was an advocate of getting the medical care that I required and the compensation that the insurance company owed me. I would highly recommend Heather if you truly want someone that will dig their heals in and get you what you need and deserve!
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Forgotten Client
Reading all of Heather Atnip’s positive reviews, I can only sum it up this way; My case wasn't worth her time. My case started in February, 2016. The settlement hearing was in March, 2019, 3 years later. I met with Heather at best, 3 times, including the settlement hearing. But it didn't end there. My settlement could not be dispersed until a lien tied to my case was settled. From the day she took my case in 2016 to the day it was settled in 2019 Heather said she would negotiate the lien. I have called monthly, leaving messages for Heather. I spoke to several associates at Atnip, questioning the longevity of the lien negotiations. No response from Heather. I stopped in at Atnip Associates in January 2020, requesting to talk to Heather, I was only able to leave a message for her to contact me. No response from Heather. Frustrated with the lack of communication, I called the case worker of the lien on March 5, 2020. The case worker had on record, one attempt at negotiations from Atnip Associates, it was in March of 2019. They also had on record, several attempts to reach Atnip Associates; the lien holder was not successful either. With this information from the lien case worker, I emailed Heather on Friday, March 6, 2020 to let her know I had talked to someone with the lien and I wanted to discuss with her the conversation that I had. To my surprise on Monday, March 9, 2020 I got a message from an associate at Atnip (not Heather) that they had reached a settlement with the Lien Holder. Heather Atnip held on to my settlement for 1 year! It only ended because I reached out to the Lien Holder. Although I have not spoken to Heather since March, 2019, she made sure to take her full one-third of my settlement. Heather, when you make a commitment, you should follow through. You did not. I did.
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Response from Heather Atnip December 16, 2020
I know your case extremely well. I've read this review and I deserve it 100%. My firm was in a rapid growth phase and looking back, I didn't know how to properly delegate tasks at that time. I delegated the lien resolution to an Associate and then assumed that it was completed without proper follow-up on my end to make sure that the lien was resolved. I sincerely apologize, at the end of the day, the buck stops with me. You were never forgotten though, I actually thought that you had forgotten about me since we never met up at Victoria's - now I understand why. I hope you and your family are doing well and accept my apology.
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Posted by Amy | March 1, 2015
Horrible experience
I was assaulted by a patient while on the job in June of 2011. I did file a police report and the assaulter was charged with assault. It was a very traumatic experience but I finally summoned the courage to consult a lawyer in August of 2011. After meeting with Ms. Atnip at her office in Waterford for about an hour to go over details of the assault, she determined that she would write a letter to the place of my employment stating her belief that they were negligent in keeping me safe on the job. If they offered me any money as a "settlement" out of court, she would take a percentage of that; we both agreed that actually filing a lawsuit would be too traumatic as I would have to testify in court, and I didn't want to relive the whole experience. I never once heard back from her or anyone at the office!! When I called, the office staff would tell me that she was not in the office at the time, or with another client; I would leave a message for her, but my calls were never returned. I even wrote her a letter with my complaint that I didn't know if she had even sent the employer a letter at all, and that I didn't know what was going on. Again, no response from Ms. Atnip. I have to believe that because this case would have resulted in a very small pay-out, she frankly didn't want to bother with it. Instead of having the decency to respond to my calls/letters, like a true professional would, she ignored me and left me hanging. I was still too much in shock about the whole experience and its aftermath (I did quit that place of employment), that I kind of gave up on the situation; now the statute of limitations on this case has expired, and I will never be able to recoup anything for my trauma--all because Ms. Atnip didn't have the common decency of communicating with her client. Please look elsewhere for an attorney. I wouldn't recommend this one to my worst enemy.
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Response from Heather Atnip April 28, 2015
So I went through all of the client files in my possession from 2011 (yes, it's taken 2 months, sorry). I don't practice general assault, so I was confused but wanted to follow through as promised. I wish that you would post your name so that I could reach out to you directly, or email me privately if you prefer at [email protected]. I don't have any letter from you matching your initials, or even a client file. You can also call me at 2486744404. I really want to meet with you to figure this out. Client of mine or someone else's client, I'm willing to sit down with you and figure it out.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Atnip & Associates, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present


  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Timmer v. Allstate
  • $2.4M
  • Maxwell v. CNA Insurance
  • $1.3 Million
  • Richie v. Menominee Delta Schoolcraft Community Action Agency
  • $475,000.00
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  • Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2013 - Present
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Champion of ICLE
  • 2012 - Present
  • ICLE
  • Advisory Board
  • 2011 - Present
  • Michigan Brain Injury Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Michigan Women's Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Executive Committee
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow
  • 2006 - Present
  • Rochester Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2018 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Polish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in the Country
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Woman of the Year
  • National Professional Association of Women
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 2013 Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • 2011 Up and Coming Lawyer in Michigan
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • 2011
  • Perserverence Award
  • Wayne State Law School Trial Advocacy
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • ICLE - Webinar
  • Litigation Techniques
  • 2017
  • Provider Cases in the No-Fault Arena
  • Relationship Between the Medical Provider and Attorney
  • 2014
  • MAJ Annual Ski Seminar
  • Obtaining Attorney Fees in No-Fault Cases
  • 2012
  • Annual No-Fault Seminar
  • Cross Examination of Neuropsychologist
  • 2009
  • MI Annual No Fault Seminar
  • Large Verdicts
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Endorse Heather
Brain injury Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Heather is an incredibly intelligent and passionate attorney that works extremely hard for her clients. She truly has an outstanding team at Atnip & Associates and I would refer my own family members to her in a heartbeat! Highly recommended!"
Insurance Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather is an amazing person and a truly great attorney. She is one of the most dedicated and hardest working people I know and her accomplishments never cease to amaze me, even though I've known her since our law school days together. Heather is truly gifted and excels at her endeavors with a tenacious spirit, but does so gracefully and with apparent ease. She is likely to be the smartest and most capable attorney in virtually any gathering, but would just as likely sit back and let others discover that at their own peril."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is a young attorney that has wisdom and knowledge well beyond the number of years she has been in practice. I am often amazed at how she has a better grasp on many areas of the law that other lawyers with two to three times as many years in practice don't."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Heather is one of the best lawyers I know. I have been working for Heather since April and I have already learned so much from her. She has a "go get them" personality but still remains very friendly throughout the litigation process. If you are looking for a smart and energetic lawyer Heather is the perfect attorney for you!"
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Rochester Personal injury Lawyer Heather Joy Atnip
Heather Joy Atnip
Personal injury Attorney
Rochester, MI
Licensed for 17 years
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