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Michael James TerBeek

Business Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Mike TerBeek

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2005
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    Mr. TerBeek serves as attorney and general business counselor to local, regional, and national companies. He assists clients with all aspects of business start-up, from the formation of an LLC or corporation, initial investment and financing, and drafting of a lease or real estate purchase agreement to the creation of standard terms and conditions, the negotiation of supplier contracts, and employment contracts.

    18 years

  2. Litigation
    Mr. TerBeek handles commercial and real estate litigation for businesses and individuals, including issues related to corporate governance, breach of contract, collection issues, easements and land rights, and transactional disputes. He has tried both jury and bench trials in Michigan district courts and circuit courts and has argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals.

    18 years

  3. Estate planning
    Mr. TerBeek is committed to providing clients with comprehensive and affordable estate planning, including the preparation of wills, the creation of trusts, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, special needs trusts, and other documents. He works to make the estate planning process manageable and understandable for every client.

    18 years



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Wheeler Upham P.C
250 Monroe Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike was very professional and easy to talk to, made me understand every thing. Was available anytime I had a question. I would recommend Mike to anyone and feel they were in good hands.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2015
persistent and dedicated
Michael helped my small business vet a pretty complicated land/zoning dispute. His attention to detail and his insight were invaluable. He always took the time to listen to our concerns and needs. I have since referred friends and even family to him
Posted by Jeff | May 9, 2012
Excellent Service
I recommend Mike for all your legal needs. Mike prepared my will for me and articulated the legal issues involved in real world terms solving complex issues in a completely understandable way. Mike answered our questions and asked some of his own never assuming or taking anything for granted in fully completing the legal work we hired him to do.
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Posted by Steve | November 11, 2011
Excellent service and great person to deal with
I went to Mike for an estate plan for my wife and I. He explained all our options in ways we could understand, took time to answer our questions, put together a plan that really makes sense for us and takes care of our kids... he made the process much easier than we expected. And his rates are VERY reasonable. We were quoted more than twice as much for the same type of work somewhere else, but we are very glad we worked with Mr. TerBeek instead.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Wheeler Upham, PC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • David & Wierenga, PC
  • 2005 - 2011


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Calvin College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dale Swiler v Integrity Tree Services, LLC
  • Client dismissed from case on MSD
  • McKelvey & Co. v Cedar Hill Homes, Inc.
  • case dismissed against client on MSD
  • Phoenix REO, LLC v. Jaspal Singh et al
  • Recovered on Mediated settlement
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  • Calvin Alumni Law Professionals
  • Steering Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 2017 Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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  • Bar Review Weekly - Minnsota Law School Student Publication
  • Corporate Cold War Heats Up -and other titles
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Business Law Boot Camp
  • Maintaining Ethics in Business Law
  • 2016
  • Business Law Boot Camp
  • Preparing Common Business Contracts
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Mike. I have referred clients to Mike, each of whom has reported that he or she was extremely happy with Mike's service. I have also worked with Mike on a few matters, as have other attorneys in my firm, and each of us was impressed with Mike's knowledge and advocacy."
Business Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His knowledge, practical advice, and creative solutions are of obvious benefit to any client."
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Grand Rapids Business Lawyer Michael James TerBeek
Michael James TerBeek
Business Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 18 years