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  1. Litigation: 60%
    32 years
  2. Contracts: 10%
    32 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 10%
    32 years
  4. Partnership: 10%
    32 years
  5. Employment: 10%
    32 years



Hourly ($290-320/hour), contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Silver & Van Essen PC

300 Ottawa Ave, NW - Suite 620
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


MIActive And In Good Standing198405/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Michigan Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2006
AV rated for Skill and Integrity (highest rating possible)Martindale Hubbell1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding MemberSilver & Van Essen, PC2000 - Present
PartnerBuchanan, Silver & Beckering1992 - 2000
PartnerClary, Nantz, Wood, Hoffius, Rankin & Cooper1984 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of MichiganMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Arbitration AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Business Law JournalLender Liability: In Search of Good Faith and Fair Dealing1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of RedlandsN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationVarious litigation topicsN/A