Determined attorney with more than 25 years of experience fighting on your behalf.
Since 1986, I have represented individuals throughout Western Michigan in matters involving Social Security, Worker's Compensation, Personal Injury and Unemployment Benefits Law. This year, I will have been in practice for 39 years. I have a proven track record of providing positive results for clients. If you are disabled or have been injured on the job or due to the negligence of others, I will listen to you and will do my best to obtain a favorable outcome. I approach each client compassionately and work to understand the details of your individual situation to identify the best course of action for you.
At this point in my career, I have conducted over 2,000 Social Security hearings and have represented hundreds of worker's compensation clients. Unlike so many other Social Security attorneys, I am willing to appeal to federal court if appropriate; I have written over 500 such appeals. I am the only attorney in Michigan to have served three years as the Chair of the State Bar's Social Security Law Section, and I have worked to make the Social Security Bar more professional for years. No attorney worth a darn never loses a Social Security case, because those attorneys never take chances, but I usually will be willing to take a chance on you. Winning these cases is not about fighting; it is about presenting the evidence in your case in the best way possible by knowing how to do so. It's fair to say that I know how to do that. And while trials are less frequent in Worker's Compensation, I've conducted hundreds of depositions and participated in many trials and appeals. Unlike so many attorneys, I can handle your entire case. And you will be hard pressed to find another attorney who has appeared before the Michigan Court of Appeals in hundreds of cases, before the Michigan Supreme Court in several cases, in the federal courts of Michigan in hundreds of cases, and before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in several cases.
And in breaking news, I have just been chosen (by a vote of other lawyers) as one of the best lawyers in Grand Rapids in both Worker's Compensation and Social Security.
You are welcome to call me today to schedule a consultation to find out if I can help you.
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1982||06/20/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2021|
|Top Lawyers in Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids Magazine||2021|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Michigan (Social Security Section)||Chair (formerly Secretary and Treasurer)||2018 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan, Social Security Lawyers Section||N/A||2010 - Present|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants||Sustaining Member||2010 - Present|
|Michigan Bar Journal||The Old Order Changes, Yielding to the New||2021|
|University of Illinois College of Law||J.D. (Juris Doctor)||1982|
|Calvin College||B.A. (English)||1979|