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Hal G. Ostrow

Internet Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

4.9   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2002
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Hal

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Practice areas
  1. Internet
    I assist numerous businesses in negotiating and drafting agreements such as data ownership and licensing contracts, terms of use, privacy policies, and cybersecurity prevention policies. I also guide businesses on their evolving obligations to safegu

  2. Business
    I help business owners form new companies and serve as a general counsel to numerous small and medium sized businesses. On a day to day basis, I assist my clients in navigating matters ranging from formation to angel and venture capital funding to in

  3. Limited liability company (LLC)
    I advise businesses on everything from business formation to mergers, acquisitions, and dissolution.

  4. Lawsuits and disputes

  5. Mergers and acquisitions

I have helped form dozens of companies throughout Michigan and routinely offer counsel to startups, tech companies, and other business owners on a broad spectrum of matters ranging from formation to angel and venture capital funding to interaction with third parties to merger and acquisition. My skills have been recognized by my peers in a number of publications, and am often recommended by my clients to others looking for an attorney for my pragmatic approach to both the business of practicing law and the counsel I provide.

I also help other parties resolve their disputes by serving as a facilitaitive mediator. I have taken extensive dispute resolution, and am approved by the Kent County Circuit Court to serve as a facilitaitive mediator. 


Rhoades McKee
55 Campau NW
Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


4.9 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by | May 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Startup Lawyer!
Hal Ostrow has setup my business with absolute respect and precision. I went from zero to 60mph within weeks of opening my doors. His copious amounts knowledge and recommendations lead to a great outcome and I cannot thank him enough. Highly recommended, and if you are starting a business in West Michigan– this should be your first stop. Never start a .COM without proper legal advice or the correct terms of service, and privacy policy. I know with confidence that he will be a call away.
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Posted by Brad | April 29, 2014
I highly recommend Hal
I highly recommend Hal. From the minute Hal was hired he provided valuable information on the expected timeline, the expected approaches, and the expected outcome. He worked aggressively, yet professionally, to ensure my best interests were protected. He was available day and night for consultation and provided timely status updates. Most importantly, Hal achieved the results that were originally hoped for when he was hired.
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Posted by Jack | September 24, 2013
A very good choice...
In the midst of business negotiations, who ever says to you "that was a really good contract" - and means it? This is the feedback I've received from many different CEO's to whom I have proposed business partnerships using the contract Hal produced for me. It is emblematic of the attention to detail, broad applicability and minimalist legalese Hal expertly combines to produce what can only be described as, well, "a really good contract." This is not the first legal work Hal has done for me, and it certainly won't be the last. In the past, when I was embroiled in senseless civil litigation, I could count on Hal to assertively protect my interest while engaging the other side or producing masterful legal briefs. His understanding of the system and the nature of his adversaries, as well as his obsession with getting things right the first time make Hal a very good choice of attorneys to have on your side. I would recommend him without reservation to anybody looking for solid legal advice or representation.
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Posted by Joseph | July 11, 2013
Excellant Service
Hal Ostrow has been our (iRule LLC) lawyer for over a year. He is always highly responsive. He has the "Get-it-done" mind set. He is a deal maker and proactive. Always there to help and advice. Although he is in Grand Rapids and we are at the Compuware building in Detroit, we meet monthly and work very closely.
Posted by Patrick | April 15, 2013
Great comfort having Hal in my corner
Hal has handled company formation for several companies I've founded. As things get more complicated, he's always there to answer questions for me. I realized recently what I comfort it is - a relief, even - to know that I have a reliable lawyer like Hal in my corner. I'm very happy to be working with him.
Posted by Kyle | June 21, 2012
Great subscription plans!
Hal is a good guy and great attorney. His startup subscription plan is just what startups and small businesses need to get started and keep going. Plans include 3 basic startup documents and if you need other basic startup documents beyond that they are a flat fee. If you are already covered on your basics then those 3 documents can be used for other needs that arise. Rates are reasonable for other services and the "no charge for quick questions" is for real... I've never been invoiced for an email or phone call.
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Posted by Dave | May 7, 2012
Efficient & Wise
We have used Hal on several projects over the last year. Hal has been an excellent advisor and confidante through several important issues. Hal is a deal maker and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Daniel | May 6, 2012
Great Service, Unique Model
Hal has been a great partner for me and my firm on several deals. His unique subscription model for startups and small businesses sets him apart from other attorneys, providing consistent, predictable legal costs and tremendous value. Hal is knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and very responsive. Highly recommended!
Posted by Jon | May 4, 2012
I recommend Hal
Hal has been very effective with the issues we've brought to him. His counsel was wise, and he was very prompt and responsibe and understood our concerns.
Posted by Samuel | September 8, 2011
Clear & Helpful
Hal gives clear advice, prompt service, and predictable (no nonsense) billing. He advocates for his clients every chance he gets including recommendations and introductions to his many contacts throughout West Michigan. You can count on Hal to do everything he can to make your venture a successful one.
Posted by Ron | August 21, 2011
Hal Ostrow review
Just hired Hal. He has been prompt, well informed and courteous. He explained things in a way that was easy to understand. I am very satisfied with this choice.
Posted by MelBugai | August 15, 2011
Excellent Knowledge with an Innovative Take on Things
Hal has been awesome as we've started our technology company. Predictable costs, dependable service. He handles everything we need, but isn't afraid to bring in someone with different specializations to advise us. It's incredibly reassuring to have a lawyer like Hal that we can trust in.
Posted by Craig | August 12, 2011
Excellent experience
Hal was an invaluable resource for me as I purchased a company in April, 2011. His counsel paid for itself many times over throughout the negotiation process.
Posted by Mark | September 24, 2012
Excellent Small Business Lawyer
Hal has helped us put together legal documents for our business, for our clients, and for our team. His knowledge, availability, and helpfulness has been just what we have needed!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Lipson Neilson Cole Seltzer & Garin, PC Attorneys & Counselors At Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Founder & Attorney
  • The Ostrow Law Firm PLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Wheeler Upham, PC
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Hon. Paul L. Maloney
  • 2001 - 2002
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Wittenberg University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996


  • Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Kiski School Board of Visitors
  • Founding Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Israel Public Affairs Committee Michigan Council
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Board Member, Building a 21st Century Practice Committee
  • 2015 - 2017
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Judicial Qualifications Committee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Michigan Israel Business Bridge
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2018
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Law & the Media Committee
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Michigan Israel Business Bridge
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2018
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Representative Assembly
  • 2007 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • Grand Rapids Business Journal
  • 2019
  • Rising Star - Business Law
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star - Business Law
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star - Business Law
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star - Business Law
  • SuperLawyers Magazine
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Innovation Practice Institute
  • Building an Entrepreneurial Law Practice
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Hal
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hal is a very skilled and able attorney. Hal is responsive and ensures that his clients received top of the line treatment. I have and will continue to recommend Hal to others when they are looking for a good attorney in the business area."
Business Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Hal in 2004 when stepped in to represent the other side in a significant matter. He impressed me immediately with his exceptional knowledge of the relevant law and how to accomplish all of his clients' objectives. With keen diplomacy, Hal was able to craft and deliver sage solutions to a difficult dispute that addressed the important needs of everyone. Out of that respect for his skills and charisma, we became professional friends and have worked together and referred matters to each other ever since. In addition, Hal is the most technology savvy attorney I know of, and he deploys that expertise to deliver exceptional service and value to his clients and to perfect his craft."
Business Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Hal for a number of years now and have always been impressed with his ingenuity and his dedication to his clients. Hal stated to provide the small business person or entrepreneur a means to reach their goals. I have been amazed at what Hal has been able to accomplish for small (and large) businesses throughout West Michigan. I refer all of my business clients to Hal because I know they will be in good hands."
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Grand Rapids Internet Lawyer Hal G. Ostrow
Hal G. Ostrow
Internet Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 21 years