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Kerry D. Hettinger

About me

After graduating from Harvard Law School I developed a specialy working with distressed businesses as well as assisting people and businesses with serious tax issues.


About twelve years ago I purchased a third of my brothers' law firm and added bankruptcy to my practice.  Although I had assisted clients with several bankruptcy matters in the mid to late 1990s; since around 2001, I have enjoyed being one of the main attorneys in the southwest Michigan area able to successfully assist clients with complex business and tax debt concerns.


With family connections in farming (I loaded many hay wagons when dating my wife), I've also enjoyed a significant number of successful farm reorganizations.  I love working with farmers and their unique situations.  The bankruptcy provisions for farmers are highly specialized and require significant experience to fully utilize them.


My clients would say that I put a high degree of personal energy and care into my debt workout projects, bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy alike.  My practice is more of a ministry than a job.  Nothing makes be feel better than hearing a client report my assitance allowed them to finally get some rest. 




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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 25%
    20 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 13: 25%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Bankruptcy: 20%
    20 years, 3 thousand cases
  4. Foreclosure: 20%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Chapter 11: 10%
    20 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Samuel K Silverman

    I met Kerry when we were getting ready to take the Bar exam in Michigan many years ago. He is a Harvard graduate. It was obvious that he was very smart. He is also a great guy and has proven to be a top attorney in his field. I have to say, he would be my 1st choice if I needed help in his area of law. Sam Silverman


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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Kerry Hettinger PLC

4341 S. Westnedge
Suite 1202
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008


MIActive And In Good Standing199505/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Planning Commissioner Service RecognitionCity of Portage2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner AttorneyKerry Hetinger PLC2013 - Present
Partner AttorneyHettinger & Hettinger, PC2002 - 2013
General CounselKing Trust Company, NA1998 - 2002
Business associate attorneyFrasier, Trebilcock, Davis & Foster PC1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cannon Financial InstituteCertified in Fiduciary & Investment Risk Management2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Henry & Jerri SchinskeClients successfully completed plan
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Publication nameTitleDate
Kalamazoo GazetteMortage Modification in Ch 132010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Asbury Theological SeminarySystematic TheologyM.Div.1986
Spring Arbor UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Bankruptcy Seminar for State BarPersonal Chapter 11 Bankruptcy2012
Best Practices SeminarComplex Chapter 13 Issues2011