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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1989||05/14/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|BV Distinguished Rated||Martindale Hubbell||2016|
|Best Appellate Brief Award||Wayne State University Law School||1989|
|American Jurisprudence Book Award Adv Legal Writing||Wayne State University||1989|
|Founding Attorney||Thomas C. Kates PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Attorney||Hackney Grover Hoover and Bean||2006 - 2007|
|Attorney||Bigler Berry Johnston Sztykiel and Hunt||2002 - 2006|
|Managing Partner||Wilson and Kates, P.C.||1998 - 2002|
|Attorney--shareholder||Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge||1989 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Mediation Services||Mediation Education Committee||2015 - Present|
|Holland Solo Bar Association||Founder||2014 - Present|
|Ottawa County Circuit Court, Family Division||Domestic Mediation Panel||2014 - Present|
|Allegan County Circuit Court||Case Evaluator||2008 - Present|
|Kent County Circuit Court||Case Evaluator||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section||Member||2007 - Present|
|Case Evaluation Panel, Ottawa County||Case Evaluator||2005 - Present|
|Mason-Lake Bar Assn||Past President||1998 - 2000|
|Michigan Defense Trial Counsel||Member||1994 - 1998|
|Wayne Law Review||Assistant Editor||1988 - 1989|
|Gonzales v. Gonzales||custody awarded to attorney Kates' client|
|Powery v. Wells 278 Mich App 526||N/A|
|Travelers Indemnity v Kent Companies||no cause for action|
|See all legal cases|
|Amazon||The Michigan Divorce and Child Custody Handbook||2016|
|Michigan Bar Journal Online||"Holding Court At Sunrise"||2012|
|Wayne Law Review||Publisher Liability for "Gun for Hire" Advertisements||1989|
|Mediation Training Consultation Institute||Mediation||Certificate in Domestic Mediation||2014|
|Mediation Training Consultation Institute||N/A||Certificate, Domestic Violence Screening||2014|
|Wayne State University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|Central Michigan University||Education||BS - Bachelor of Science||1983|
|The Domestic Mediator's Toolbox||Domestic Mediation||2015|
|Winning At Home In Service||Mediation for Counseling Professionals||2014|
|Talk of the Town Radio Show||New Trends in Mediation||2014|
|Wellness Staff In Service Training||Family Law Issues for Counseling Professionals||2012|
|the Peacemaker course||Alternative Dispute Resolution||2008|
|Nurse Education In Service||Anatomy of a Lawsuit||2001|
|Continuing Medical Education||Emergency Treatment and Active Labor Act Update||1996|
Posted by anonymous
Finding myself in a situation requiring legal counsel, I had only one criteria in selecting an attorney...integrity, and my referral inquiries led me to Thomas C Kates.
Tom is an exceptional attorney that helped me navigate my way through a very difficult and emotionally charged circumstance. Tom was very knowledgeable of the legal system, intentional in his approach, yet attentive to my requests and directive. Tom articulated well in the courtroom, and his presentation and timing were impeccable.
A class act in a hostile enviroment.
Thomas C Kates was more than just an "advocate" for his client, he is an attorney with integrity.
Posted by Richard
Tom has been our family attorney for nearly 25 years. He handled a significant personal injury claim for us and obtained a favorable out of court settlement. He has been our trusted advisor on matters involving a family trust, estate planning and family law issues. He has a wealth of knowledge in litigation and family law. He is trustworthy, and his fees are fair and reasonable. I highly recommend him.
Richard, a litigation client 1989-2014
Posted by Matt
Tom has been a trusted colleague for years. I personally have been helped by his prompt and thorough responses to thorny legal issues that I have encountered in my professional role and personal life. I have referred dozens of clients to him specifically for help in the area of family law and estate planning. It has been my experience that Tom treats every client and case as if it were his own. He is a sympathetic, honest, and professional man who comprehensively knows the legal system, and has nearly a quarter century of practical hands on experience. I trust him so much that I have and continue to refer my own family and friends to him when needed. You will not be given poor advice from Mr. Kates. He raises the bar in the profession of practicing law by his integrity, character, and kindness.
Daniel Goeman, Estate planning Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I fully endorse Tom because I have known and worked with Tom for 14 years and I have always valued his knowledge, judgment and professionalism. I have referred many clients to Tom over the years because I knew that they would be in good hands.
John Moritz, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Attorney Kates for a number of years. Many of the cases that I have worked with Attorney Kates on have been complicated and involved a wide range of legal issues. Attorney Kates has proven himself to be extremely knowledgable of the law and a determined advocate for his clients.
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