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Michael Patrick Hanrahan

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    33%
    I work in all facets of Bankruptcy Law; in particular, representing Debtor's in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. I routinely handle complex cases involving real estate, tax issues, and/or business issues. I also routinely represent creditors in bankruptcy litigation.

    11 years, 500 cases

  2. Tax
    33%
    My tax practice routinely includes negotiating and working closely with the IRS and/or State of Michigan in resolving outstanding tax debts for individuals and businesses. Additionally, I also advise individuals and businesses in tax planning strategies.

    11 years, 100 cases

  3. Business
    18%
    I have advised clients ranging from a gun manufacturer to a non-profit startup. My business work typically involves contract review and drafting as well as advising clients of the proper procedures to navigate legal issues.

    11 years, 50 cases

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    16%
    My corporate work typically involves organizing businesses, mergers and acquisitions, as well as dissolution. A particular specialty includes start-ups and the process of business planning, drafting necessary documentation to start the business, and maintaining a business in compliance with the appropriate rules and regulations.

    11 years, 250 cases

Attorney Mike Hanrahan was born and raised in a small town in Western New York. He attended St. Bonaventure University where he obtained his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Economics. During his time at St. Bonaventure, Mike was actively involved in University activities, including a starting role on the University's nationally-recognized, Division 1 rugby team. 

Mike moved to Grand Rapids to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2010 where he was a consistent member of the Dean's List and Honor Roll. Mike served as a Teaching and Research Assistant to Prof. Victoria Vuletich in her ethics class at Cooley Law. Mike graduated Cooley Law cum laude and passed the Bar on his first attempt in early 2013. 

After obtaining an associate attorney position following a successful internship at the law firm of Chase & Bylenga, PLLC, Mike decided to make West Michigan his home. He has since returned to the classroom to refine his expertise in the area of Tax Law by pursuing a Master's of Law degree in Taxation which he finished in May of 2015. To add to his professional resume, Mike is also a licensed Real Estate Salesperson.

When Mike isn't working, he is an avid outdoorsman, an experienced skier, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Feel free to contact Mike or any of the experienced attorneys in the law firm of Chase & Bylenga for knowledgeable and informative answers to your legal questions related to Bankruptcy, Tax, and Business matters. 

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Location

Chase Bylenga PLLC
25 Division Ave. S
Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-2911

Reviews

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Posted by Etheridge | July 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Had to File Bankruptcy
Michael and his secretary Sarah were a breath of fresh air! From the moment I first met Michael in Holland and began the process of the bankruptcy, he put me at ease and worked me through every aspect of the bankruptcy. He was prompt with all paperwork, answered every question I had and beyond that, he was a delight with which to work. I would highly recommend Michael and the Chase and Bylenga Law Offices.
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Posted by Mark | March 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help when sorely needed.
I had to declare bankruptcy last year as a result of a complicated illness. I am very lucky to have found Mike Hanrahan and Chase & Bylenga. What seemed to be a daunting process was easily explained and handled by Mike. He was there at every point along the way to discuss the best procedures and practice to ensure that my bankruptcy was fair and the results in my favor. I am very grateful and would recommend Mike to anyone who has to face the challenge of a bankruptcy. Thanks Mike!
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Posted by Jon | March 18, 2015
Professional Informed Service.
Mike and Bylenga/Chase handled my chapter 7 filing and case. He did an excellent job. Walked me through the process and made me feel at ease. He answered every question I asked and worked with me to get the best possible outcome for my case. You really do get what you pay for and Mike and Chase/Bylenga are the best in Grand Rapids. I hope and pray that I am never in this situation again, but if I ever need help I would not hesitate to call Mike. My absolute highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2013
Michael Hanrahan...a lawyer who keeps you in mind!
Mike made me feel comfortable with his knowledge of the processes that I needed to go through for my case. Mike gave me recommendations and right from the beginning of our interaction made me feel that he was someone who had my best interests at heart. I highly recommend his services and feel that he says what he means and also does what he says he will do. That is what trust is about and Mike showed that in his interactions with me.
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Posted by Beverly | October 2, 2013
One helpful attorney
I haven't know Mike for long, but from the time I met him he has really been a help. Things were overwhelming me, and I emailed him a lot. He was always helpful, kind, and never got upset at my bothering him. This is not an easy thing for me at this point in my life, but Mike has made the transition so much easier. I have and would recommend him highly to anyone.
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Posted by Joann | September 12, 2013
A+ Attorney
Mike was incredible to work with. He kept us informed through ever step of our bankruptcy process. He was quick in responding and made us feel at ease through a very difficult situation. We would definitely use him again in the future, if need be, as well as recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer. Mike is good at what he does and was professional, courteous and extremely knowledgeable.
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Posted by David | September 11, 2013
Great Attorney
Mike was very knowledgeable and quick with updates, situation was very difficult for my wife and I but Mike understood and made us comfortable. I would recommend him to family and friends!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Chase & Bylenga, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jason Allen Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • Chase & Bylenga, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Research Assistant
  • The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Teaching Assistant
  • The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2012 - 2012
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Education

  • Western Michigan University Law School
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2015
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • St Bonaventure University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2009
  • St Bonaventure University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2008
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bruinsma v. Fridkin
  • Settled
  • In re Project New Hope
  • IRS granted 501(c)(3) status
  • State of Michigan v. King
  • Settled
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Associations

  • Representative Assembly
  • Chair, Hearings Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Representative Assembly
  • Representative 17th Circuit
  • 2016 - Present
  • Debtors Bar of West Michigan
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Solo and Small Firms Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Business and Tax Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Young Professionals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bankruptcy Bootcamp
  • Intakes and Client Expectations
  • 2018
  • Professionalism In Action
  • Ethics
  • 2016
  • Professionalism in Action
  • Professional Responsibility
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (16)
Endorse Michael
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend this lawyer's work. Mike Hanrahan is extremely knowledgeable about complex bankruptcy issues. He is very hard-working and provides excellent representation for his clients. No one will work harder to achieve the best results!"
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Friend
"Michael is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to bankruptcy, taxation, and collections. He is a consummate professional, and honest. I've come to Mike many times with questions regarding collections, and he has always set me on the right path. I can trust that any client I refer to Michael will be well taken care of."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Michael Hanrahan to anyone needing assistance with a bankruptcy issue. I know him to be a highly competent and trustworthy attorney. If you hire Michael, you will be in good hands."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Friend
"I worked closely with Mike for over two months on a matter. While working with him, I came to know him as a very competent attorney with a good understanding of both legal theory and the way the justice system actually works. He is equally passionate about the law as he is his clients. I have no reservations endorsing him as an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a very persuasive and passionate attorney. I have no hesitation in recommending him."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a well organized, diligent individual, paying attention to every detail."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Patrick Hanrahan gives straight answers to questions about the law. We need more lawyers that communicate directly to the client from the heart and Michael does just that. I am honored to be able to endorse him to you."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an insightful and dedicated attorney. I have had the opportunity to speak with Michael on many occasions regarding legal conclusions and strategy and he has proven himself to be very knowledgeable. That being said, I am convinced that Michael will work tirelessly to advocate for his clients."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Mike for many years. Over the course of those years, I have been extremely impressed with his qualities. No attorney will work harder on your case. His dedication and passion to the law is nothing short of impressive. I highly recommend Mike as your attorney."
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