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Bernard C. Schaefer

Litigation Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1987
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Many people only think of an Attorney as the person who “represents you in court,” but the role of Counselor is just as important. You can trust Bernard Schaefer to provide excellent personal service with years of experience in the law and life. He has the knowledge and insight to help you with your legal problems.

If you are faced with a lawsuit, Bernard will work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome. Successful litigation requires a thorough investigation of the facts, effective use of pretrial procedures to improve the likelihood of success and a method of trial preparation and organization which enables you to present a winning case at trial.

Bernard also believes a lawyer should help clients plan ways to avoid lawsuits and a proper compromise is often the most beneficial result.

Please take a moment to look at the information on his website, then contact Bernard. He may be able to help you, even if the topic which concerns you is not specifically mentioned on this site.


Bernard C. Schaefer
161 Ottawa Ave NW Ste 212
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-2712

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Posted by Shari Mosqueda, critical care RN | April 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Bernard Schaefer has represented me for civil and family court issues. He is caring, extremely experienced in court, trustworthy, anticipates barriers and moves you over the hurdles. Mr. Scaefer is professional, fierce in court, and put his foot down when many different entities tried to push me around. Mr. Schaefer is in control and not intimidated by anyone including other lawyers and even the judge. I have been in court with Bernard at least a dozen times... they say "you can't win them all"...but he has won them all for me! If I need a lawyer, Bernard is my 1st choice
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Posted by Alanzo | October 30, 2019
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Working with Bernard was delightful. He was knowledgeable, courteous, attentive, and I always felt that Bernard had my best interest at heart. If you want a job well done, Bernard Schaefer, is your man.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2019
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Highly Recommend!
Mr. Schaefer was the only one of a handful of lawyers we contacted that even bothered to return our call. He was professional, kind, knowledgeable and helped me to understand the in's and outs of Land Contract Forfeiture.
Posted by Rose | July 1, 2019
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Ultimate Attorney
My divorce case was unique and very challenging. Mr. Schaefer agreed to take the case on and where we started with no settlement, Mr Schaefer got me an excellent property settlement. He was always focused on getting a successful outcome and not on getting paid. His fees were reasonable and represented a great value.
Posted by Bob | May 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
During my 75 years, I have sought help from legal professionals on several occasions on topics from real estate law to life planning and estate issues and most recently concerns about my marriage of 45 years. When I met with Mr. Schaefer the first time, he put me at east by patient explaining my situation and addressing my concerns. He was east to talk to and encouraged my questions and went on to handle my divorce in an efficient and effective manner. I rate Attorney Bernard Schaefer 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend him to anyone needing legal advice or counsel.
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Posted by Nathan | May 18, 2019
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Businesses owner
Mr. Schaefer has provided legal services for my family for over 20 years. He did the legal work for me and my wife to establish a plan to purchase our hair salon. He also in most recent years provided services helping me obtain Patient Advocacy, Power of Attorney and the transfer of property assets of my ageing mother who, eventually could not make decisions for herself and she eventually passed away. Mr. Schaefer made things much easier to deal with managing the care of a parent. Mr. Schaefer is an attorney the I would highly recommend to handle your legal needs.
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Posted by Marie | May 15, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer - Highly Recommend
A contractor filed a frivolous lawsuit against us, which the Court would not dismiss. We hired Mr. Schaefer to represent us in the court proceedings. Mr. Schaefer not only won our case at trial but also won our counter suit for poor workmanship. Mr. Schaefer also convinced the judge it was in fact frivolous and we were reimbursed for most of our attorney fees. We have since hired him to handle our business and estate matters. We are extremely happy with his services and his fees.
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Posted by Nicole | May 3, 2019
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The best attorney around
My paychecks were getting garnished, so I asked Mr. Schaefer to help me. He filed chapter 7 bankruptcy and even got most of my money back. His fee was very reasonable which he let me pay in installments. His service was excellent and I will be using him again for any legal services.
Posted by José | April 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney: Bernard Schaefer!
Attorney Bernard Schaefer successfully handled a business litigation case for me, which required a great deal of perseverance. He worked efficiently and focused his efforts on what was really needed for us to succeed. I would recommend him for all types of litigation.
Posted by BAERE, Co. | April 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
We have Mr. Schaefer handle all of our real estate litigation. He provides excellent service and his reasonable fees make him a great value. He has a great deal of experience in real estate and is very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Attorney
  • City Of Grand Rapids, City Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 2011


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Grand Valley State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979


  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Section
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2018


  • Thomson West publication
  • Johnson v VanderKooi, 319 Mich 589
  • 2017
  • Thomson West publication
  • Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church v Pearson, 499 Mich 982
  • 2016
  • Thomson West publication
  • 499 Mich 982
  • 2016
  • State Bar of Michigan section newsletter
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Cases Involving Municipalities
  • 2012
  • Municipal Legal Briefs
  • Municipalities faces Pre-emption Claims
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Real estate Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bernard Schaefer has over 30 years of experience in real estate law as an attorney, but is also a broker and has been actively involved in real estate development and investment for 40 years. He is efficient in handling transaction work, an effective litigator, and his practical experience is a great benefit to his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I referred a challenging No-Fault Personal Injury Protection Benefit case to Bernard Schaefer and he was able to obtain a successful outcome. His knowledge and experience make him a good choice for many types of cases."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bernard fights hard to preserve civil rights, and he has a wealth of experience."

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Grand Rapids Litigation Lawyer Bernard C. Schaefer
Bernard C. Schaefer
Litigation Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 36 years