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Howard G. Van Den Heuvel

Divorce and separation Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

4.8   34 reviews
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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Howard

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SERVING MICHIGAN WITH OVER 30 YEARS OF PROVEN RESULTS.

Howard Van Den Heuvel J.D. has been successfully advising businesses and individuals for over 30 years. His skills have been recognized by other attorneys who have retained him to advise them.

With a specialty in difficult cases, Howard represents clients that other attorneys will not take.

He is a graduate of Calvin College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Howard Van Den Heuvel is licensed to practice before all Michigan state courts, the Federal District Court, and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Contact my office to schedule an appointment: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-6:00PM

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Location

Howard G. Van Den Heuvel
4920 Broadmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49512-5359

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Elizabeth | April 29, 2014
Hard working trustworthy lawyer. Expect a lot!
Howard started with a very reasonable rate and continued his service with quality and dedicated time. He heard my needs and wouldn't give up. He answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. I would have anyone in need of any legal support visit Howard. He will work beyond what you expect at a rate you will be surprised by. He really cares!
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Posted by James | October 5, 2013
DUI
He aggressively represented me at court and with the police. I got caught in Grand Rapids after a drink. He gave me a second chance to keep my license. I wish my last lawyer was as accessible as Howard, he even gave me his cell number.
Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Custody
I called Howard and received great guidance on my case. He was polite and knowledgeable!
Response from Howard Van Den Heuvel December 12, 2022
Thank you for your kind words. As trusted Grand Rapids family law attorneys, we know how important it is to truly listen to our clients' needs and give them the best help we can.
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Knowledge
I was provided with great knowledge about the different outcomes of my case; now, I know what to expect. Thank you.
Posted by Mark | October 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hit and Run.
I was facing a serious traffic violation and Howard got it reduced to basicaly a traffic ticket. Awsome job Howard, thanks again!
Posted by Darren | August 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will fight for you and won't back down!
I was facing some serious charges that could have forever altered my families life. Howard faced a prosecutor that was tough and did not want to back down, but neither would Howard. He fought hard and ultimately the charges were dropped. If you need someone that will stand up for you when faced with a difficult situation, Howard and the Van Den Heuvel firm are where to turn.
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Posted by Shawn | March 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Knowledgeable
Consulted with Howard regarding filing for divorce. Prompt, friendly, patient. Provided a lot of pertinent information in a manner that was easy to understand which helped us decide to reconcile! Definitely recommend this Law Office to anyone in need of family law legal support.
Posted by Senida and Ali | May 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Termination of parental rights/step parent adoption
From the first phone conversation with Justin I knew our case was in good hands, both Justin and Howard were very knowledgeable, honest, professional. They were there for us any time we had questions or concerns to answer and give legal advice. They took a time to actually listen and understand our specific case and had us feeling like we are not alone through the hard times we faced. Being both mine and my wife's first legal battle we had a lot of questions and we would call lot's of times in a single day but their attitude was always positive and reassuring and their willingness to explain over and over again really helped us because at the time it felt like world to us. From our very first meeting everything was explained clearly how and what Will happen if they represent us and what law says and what are our legal rights and now when I look back it unfolded exactly the way they predicted and they even went as far as to explain a possible situations that we could face during our legal battle. They had us feeling like we were most important people and honestly at the court time we felt like everything was done and it couldn't be done better, they displayed amazing representation of our case and won for us.
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Posted by Shelley | April 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleasure to work with
I felt they were very friendly, gave great advice, and very knowledgeable of my concerns, issues and repairs I needed to do with the job I had. It was a pleasure to work with them and I know where to go in my future for great legal counsel.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal representation
VanDenHeuvel law went to great lengths to successfully represent me in my case. There were a lot of things involved with getting my freedom back to me. It was indeed challenging, but nun the less they were successful in representing me. I have a great appreciation for what they were able to do for me.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Child custody
I called for advice and received great help and guidance.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic Ticket
I had a 40 over ticket and he was able to reduce the ticket to 16-25 which allowed for me to take the Drivers Training Course
Posted by Jeremiah and Amber | March 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hardworking and extremely proficient!
Howard has gone above and beyond for us. When we felt completely hopeless and desperate he gave us a reason to have hope! We could not be more overwhelmed with joy and thankful for the perseverence he has displayed thus far. We will continue to go to Howard for any legal matter!!
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Really listens to your needs and accommodates them!
Howard really listened to my needs and desires and helped me to meet my immediate goals. I did not feel he had any agenda other than to completely understand my situation and help me find solutions that worked for me.
Posted by Bo | November 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorneys I would look no further, I am with them all the way
From the original consult to the time in office to the time in court. They continued to exceed my expectations. When i first came to them I was in a whirlwind of chaos almost immediately was put at peace by the consult alone. Were the peace continued throughout the process. I'm finding it hard to put into words how great from start to finish my business with them has been. I will highly recommend them to everyone I meet. they are an A+++ If your reading this and you need an Attorney take my word for it THESE ARE YOUR GUYS. They set a standard for me that I don't believe I could find anywhere else I'm finally at peace.
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Posted by John | August 11, 2015
Unbelievable Attorney, Better Person!
Howard and his associates represented us in a child custody case. He represented us professionally and aggressively. Howard takes the time to get to know his clients and his knowledge of custody laws and the court system were a huge advantage for us. Well worth the reasonable rates he charges. We could not be more pleased with his services. Thank you, Howard.
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Posted by wende | June 9, 2015
daycare fraud
I was charged with a felony for mis billing my state paid daycare children , during all of our findings and working things out my case was brought down to a misdemeanor and no jail time or probation , I am truely thankfull for everything this firm has done for me .
Posted by Aaron | March 2, 2015
Great first start
I got to meet Howard on a complimentary consultation. He was extremely respectable and informed with my legal matters and provided sound guidance.
Posted by Robert | January 6, 2015
Great Person
I hired him to represent my daughter. From the beginning he kept me informed and always let me know what we needed to get ready. He was very knowledgeable and a real go after it guy. Couldn't think of a better lawyer to be represented by.
Posted by Kim | October 22, 2014
Experienced and Compassionate
Howard represented me 10 years ago and I was pleased with the support he gave me then and recently needed a recommendation for which he once again gave me knowledgeable advice. I would recommend him and his firm to anyone! Thank you Howard!
Response from Howard Van Den Heuvel October 28, 2014
Thank you Kim, you are great client to work with!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 15%-30%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Van Den Heuvel Law Office
  • 1992 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 1991 - 1991

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Calvin College
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Verduin v. Gaines Township
  • Ordinance Violation Overturned
  • Beechy v. Central Michigan Dist. Health Department

Associations

  • Christian Reformed Church Loan Fund Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Calvin University Law Professionals of Michigan
  • Contributing Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Rutherford Institute
  • Participating Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Cients Choice
  • Avvo.com
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo.com
  • 2013
  • Top Attorney Family
  • Avvo.com
  • 2013
  • Juris Doctor
  • Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 1992
  • Award for Outstanding Service
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • 1991
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Mental Health Issues Diagnosis in the Practice of Law and Criminal Defense
  • 2019
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Combating Motions for Admission of "Other Acts" Evidence
  • 2019
  • Christian Legal Society of Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Ethics in Law
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (13)
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Business Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer is one of the most ethical in West Michigan. His aggressive representation ensures that his client gets a fair outcome. If I personally needed a lawyer, I would have Vandenhuvel on my short list."
General practice Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Howard for many years. I know his character to be of absolutely sterling quality and his representation of his clients is aggressive but tempered with compassion."
Family Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard G. Van Den Heuvel is a great family law attorney. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing his legal expertise in action and I would not hesitate to recommend this lawyer to any client in need."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard and his firm work hard to represent his clients in and out of the courtroom. They go above and beyond to treat each client with respect and diligently meet their needs at times that are convenient for their clients."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Recently, Howard and I did a complicated real estate deal together. He did a great job. He was responsive, tough, honest, and detailed. He helped calm a tense situation between our clients. We completed the transaction in a way that satisfied everyone involved. I recommend Howard, and I'm looking forward to working with Howard again."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard is a very compassionate attorney who takes the time to listen to his clients and pursue their interests."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ethically worked hard to obtain a fair resolution for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Howard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Howard Van Den Heuvel is ethical, hard working, and an asset to the legal community. He has spent the last 22 years representing clients in family matters, bankruptcy, and much more. From his office conveniently located in Grand Rapids near M-6, he has helped numerous divorce clients in difficult situations. He also writes Last Wills and Testaments."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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