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Jeffrey T. Kortes

DUI and DWI Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2003
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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After much consideration, In January, 2013, I along with Jerry Lykins, Mark Hunting and Jason Jansma formed the West Michigan Defense Team.  Our goals are to provide complete criminal defense to the entire West Michigan community.  


We have a collective 60 years of criminal defense experience that ranges from MIP's to Murder.  We provide a thorough review and honest analysis of each individual's situation.  We are not afraid to take a matter to trial.


I have completed extensive training regarding Drunk Drivng offenses including attending Standardized Field Sobriety Testing training provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Additionally, I am also a charter member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys and National College of DUI Defense where I continue to gain knowledge and attend training to best serve someone charged with Operating While Intoxicated.

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Kortes, Lykins, Hunting & Jansma PLLC
77 Monroe Center NW, Ste. 700
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, knowledgeable and professional
Jeff Kortes put some extra work in convincing the assistant DA to get my case dismissed. A few months ago I was charged with felony child abuse in a matter involving my son. I didn’t like the prospect of going to trial, and pleading to a reduced charge would have some bad consequences. I understand that most cases are settled during the 1st court appearance however we had to do some extra work to get a dismissal. Jeff always replied to my emails the same or next day and I liked that he usually answers his phone, unlike most lawyers. He also asked the judge to modify bond conditions and allow me travel out of state. Overall Jeff is a very professional, understanding and experienced attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DWI Case
Jeff and his team did a great job managing my case. This was the worst thing to ever happen to me, but he and his staff helped me navigate this troublesome time. They kept me in the loop on what was happening with my case in the court and answered the many questions that I had for them. Mr. Kortes was sensitive to my work schedule and often gave his time for consultation after normal work hours. Communication between him and his office was always prompt. Most of all, he is extremely knowledgeable with these types of cases. After the incident, he asked specific and pointed questions to help improve the outcome. I felt very comfortable leaving my fate in his expert hands; it is obvious he has defended many clients in similar circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2015
Excellent Pinch Hitter
I hired Mr. Kortes in August 2015 to represent my son, a college student, for a probation violation for 2 misdemeanors from 2014. My son organizationally challenged, absent minded and struggles with attention (all diagnosed), and missed a recent probation appointment. As this was not his first, he was facing jail time for the remainder of his probation. Knowing that my son was truly trying to get his life in order, we wanted representation for a probation violation (PV) hearing, which I believe is not the norm. My son’s original lawyer was not available. Mr. Kortes, with the assistance of his partner, Jerry Lykins, stepped up to bat the day before the hearing. Mr. Kortes was able to successfully represent my son by highlighting the progress he has made in the last 6 months, his diagnosed condition and the support system in place to help him stay on right track. The hard work is now up to my son to comply with all aspects of his probation before another review next year. Mr. Kortes paved the way to an outcome that I am told was truly unprecedented.
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Posted by shelby | June 14, 2015
Excellent Family Law Attorney
I was referred to Jeff Kortes from another local attorney who did not practice family law but knew Jeff from his criminal law practice. I reached out to Jeff and his assistant Jaime with my legal issue. Both were professional, offered guidance along the way, and were quick to return my emails throughout the process. I was skeptical the courts would be sympathetic to my situation, but Jeff and Jaime assured our strategy was sound and that we had a strong chance of succeeding. We scheduled a hearing date, and Jeff was in fact successful in persuading the court as to all of our legal issues and what we were seeking relative to resolution. I would highly recommend Jeff and Jaime to anyone searching for a family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2014
OWI Case
Jeff was very knowledgeable about my case and certain details that helped me to get my case reduced. He always responded in a timely manner when I had questions. I would recommend him to friends and family if they ever needed attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2014
Mr. Kortes was awesome! He did everything he said he was going to do and kept us informed along the way. I have been recommending him and his firm to everyone I know. We will also use him again for any future needs.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2014
Honest, Affordable, and Intelligant
Jeff Koetes is an awesome attorney! He is honest and affordable. He will fight til the end and then some for you. I would highly recommend him as your next attorney!
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2014
A Professional, High Quality Defense Attorney
I am very happy with the services offered by Jeff & Jerry (West Michigan Defense Team). Jeff is a very experienced caring attorney. When I was devastated by my legal problems, Jeff was right there to assist me. He Obviously was concerned and took the time to help me understand more clearly exactly what I could expect. He is a dedicated, aggressive and very attentive attorney.
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Posted by Nick | February 22, 2014
A Friend & Trusted Advisor
I met Jeff about a year ago during my separation. It was an especially tough time as during the process I was away from my two children. During our first meeting I instantly had the feeling I was in good hands! In a time that was so emotionally charged, Jeff was calm, knowledgeable, deliberate and instantly trustworthy. He knew the system, the law, and was so relaxed and competent in court I felt the weight of my worries disappear. I told Jeff once my divorce was final that through the process hearing from him was enough to get me through the day. He went out of his way to ensure I was informed, not riddled with worry and calm. Working with Jeff was very easy. I felt he was more of a friend than my attorney; and a friend he will remain!! Thank You Jeff! You truly made a difference in every regard.
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2013
Content and Happy
Dear Jeff, I want to thank you and the law firm again for the attention you gave my case. I noticed the skip back in my step and i am dancing as i work. It has been too long since i felt not only content but a sense of happiness. Warm Regards, Monique B
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President
  • West Michigan Defense Team Kortes, Lykins, Hunting & Jansma, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos, PC
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Owner
  • Jeffrey T. Kortes PC
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Extern
  • Kent County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Central Michigan University
  • B.A.A.
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • CSC 1st, Life Offense
  • Not Guilty
  • Aggravated Stalking - Felony
  • Case dismissed
  • Operating While Intoxicated - 2nd Offense
  • Dismissed
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  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan chapter)
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Training
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 2012
  • Advance Program
  • Hillman Trial Advocacy
  • 2012
  • Intra-School Moot Court Champion
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2002
  • Raymond Burr Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2000
  • Shane Joseph Johnson
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2000
  • Criminal Law Book Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2000
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  • SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter
  • Opinion of the Month
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • CPL Training Class
  • Legal responsibilities for CPL Holders
  • 2017
  • CPL Class
  • legal Responsibilities for Concealed Permit Licensees
  • 2016
  • CPL Training Class
  • Legal Responsibilities for Concealed Permit Licensees
  • 2015
  • CPL Class
  • legal Responsibilities for Concealed Permit Licensees
  • 2014
  • CCW Licensing Classes
  • Legal Responsibilities for Concealed Permit Licensees
  • 2013
  • Law Day
  • Careers in the Law
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (7)
Endorse Jeffrey
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff works hard. Jeff is involved in many groups and organizations dedicated to continuing legal education. I talked with Jeff many times about cases that he is willing to fight or go to trial on and he gets results!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jeff Kortes professionally for several years and I can definitely say that he is a top tier criminal and DUI defense lawyer. Jeff is known for his experience, knowledge and preparation. He gets great results for his clients and that is why I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Kortes and give him the highest marks for his demonstrated professionalism, strong legal background and understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system. Ms. Kortes is well-respected among his fellow attorneys and is committed to achieving results for his clients. His work and ethic and integrity are beyond reproach."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff Kortes is professional, smart, and a good lawyer. He knows the law, and can accurately assess a case in order to advise his clients. I highly recommend him as an attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know him for many years. He not only has a strong work ethic and legal accumen, but he also has an honest and practical approach to resolving his clients' cases in a way that benefits them in a very cost-economical manner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff is a dedicated advocate and has the experience necessary to assist clients in all matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Jeff on several criminal cases. He has great communication skills and is very familiar with the courts and Judges in Kent County. He is very ethical and knows the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff is a dedicated criminal defense attorney who goes the extra mile for his clients. Jeff has taken advanced training in criminal defense and is involved with a group of other highly skilled attorneys who share their expertise and cutting edged defenses."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Other
"From Mr. Kortes' interaction on this website and from reviewing his case experience I believe him to be an avant garde criminal defense practitioner. Our office would gladly send clients from Michigan's west side his way. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jeff is an extremely bright, charismatic attorney known for his ability to provide clients outstanding representation from the beginning of a case through its final resolution. Jeff has the ability to analyze legal issues from every angle and works with all parties involved in a criminal matter to get the best possible outcome for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I joined with Jeff as a law partner in January 2013. I have known Jeff for several years around the criminal law and OWI legal fields. Jeff is someone who I have admired and appreciated his dedication to his client's cases. I am pleased to be partnered with Jeff in our new criminal defense law firm, Kortes, Lykins, Hunting & Jansma, PLLC, the West Michigan Defense Team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff is one of the best lawyers in Grand Rapids for family law and criminal defense matters. I strongly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Jeff through mutual training events that we have attended as well as seeing him practice in local courts. Jeff has the knowledge and skills to effectively represent people charged with serious crimes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Simply put Jeff is one of the best lawyers in Grand Rapids for both Criminal Defense and Family Law. Jeff is hardworking, focused and compassionate to his clients. Jeff has built an excellent reputation among other attorneys as well as with the Judges. I would recommend Jeff to anyone needing legal assistance."
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