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Stephen R. Drew is a founding partner of Drew, Cooper and Anding. He earned his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Michigan. For over 35 years Mr. Drew has practiced in the areas of Civil Rights, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment, Police Misconduct, and Employment law, and has litigated complex cases in state and federal courts in Michigan and throughout the United States. Known for achieving exceptional results for clients on unpopular and challenging cases against large corporate defendants, he has gained the recognition and reputation as a fierce litigator. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers of the American Bar Association, where membership is selected based upon recognition of skill and professionalism. He has been named Super Lawyer in Michigan in the field of Personal Injury since 2007. He has also been awarded the Champion of Justice Award by the Michigan Bar Association and has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1997. Because of his skill and integrity, he is often sought by other lawyers to serve as a facilitator in lawsuits.

Among his many memberships and associations, he has served as the president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, Floyd Skinner Bar Association, and executive board member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

He has litigated and settled many high profile cases in his career. Some of the most recent include:

Theresa Waldo v. Consumers Energy 1:06 –cv-00768 (2010) - a sexual harassment/hostile work environment case in the United States District Court Western District of Michigan. This jury trial returned a verdict of $7.9 Million for the plaintiff.

Estate of William Griffin v. City of Muskegon, et. al, 1:09-cv-884 (2010) - a wrongful death action against a municipality and individual police officers. This case was settled prior to trial for the plaintiff in the amount of $775,000.00.


Practice areas


  1. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  2. Civil Rights: 20%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Defective Products: 20%
  5. Personal Injury: 20%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Ray Edward Richards II

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is the Dean of Personal Injury and Civil rights law and litigation in the State of Michigan. Period! I have had the pleasure and privilege to work for and with Steve over the last 20+ years. A fearless advocate and well respected master litigator who truly cares for his clients and getting results on their behalf. I learned a lot from him when I clerked for him early in my career and I still seek his counsel on legal issues when I need seasoned, sage advice! He is a trial lawyers lawyer.


    Ray Richards Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Drew Cooper & Anding

80 Ottawa Ave NW Ste 200
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-2648


MIActive And In Good Standing197405/14/2016
INTemporary AdmissionUnknown07/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Michigan Super LawyersMichigan Super Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in Labor and Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2011
The Best Lawyers of AmericaThe Best Lawyers of America2007
State Bar of Michigan Champions of Justice AwardState Bar of Michigan2003
Donald R. Worsfold AwardGrand Rapids Bar Association2003
Champion of Justice AwardChampion of Justice2003
Giant of Giants AwardGrand Rapids Community College1999
Libertarian of the Year AwardACLU1989
Justice Giants AwardFloyd Skinner1988
Volunteer AwardNAACP Grand Rapids Chapter,1982
Who's Who in AmericaWho's WhoN/A
Who's Who of American LawyersWho's WhoN/A
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in AmericaWho's WhoN/A
Who's Who Among Black AmericansWho's WhoN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerDrew Cooper and Anding LLP1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers of the American Bar AssociationFellow2007 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2002 - Present
State Bar of MichiganN/AN/A
The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial LawyersN/AN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
National Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Michigan Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Board MemberN/A
Grand Rapids Branch of the Inns of CourtN/AN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
State Bar of Michigan FoundationFellowN/A
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationPresident1992 - 1993
Floyd Skinner Bar AssociationPresident1989 - 1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of MichiganEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1971