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Theodore James Westbrook

Litigation Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    30%
    Bringing and defending claims in court. I specialize in complex commercial litigation, lender liability and consumer protection.

    17 years

  2. Consumer protection
    25%
    Litigating on behalf of individuals and classes to protect their legal rights against abuses by large corporations, banks, mortgage servicers, credit bureaus, debt collectors and others.

    17 years

  3. Estate planning
    25%
    Drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advising and representing clients regarding probate and trust administration.

    7 years

  4. Banking
    10%
    Representing individuals and businesses in disputes with banks, including defending against bank claims. Guaranty and deficiency litigation, commercial credits, workouts, fraudulent transfers, nondischargeability, and more.

    17 years

  5. Debt collection
    10%
    Bringing claims against debt collectors and collection law firms for abusive and unlawful collection methods, and defending lawsuits brought by debt collectors.

    17 years

Mr. Westbrook is an experienced litigator, passionate consumer advocate and principal of Westbrook Law PLLC.  Mr. Westbrook has developed substantial expertise in handling complex commercial litigation, particularly in automotive, banking, and commercial debt cases, as well as consumer class actions. Mr. Westbrook is also ICLE-certified in estate planning.

Mr. Westbrook is licensed to practice law in all state courts of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Outside the office, Mr. Westbrook enjoys photography and competitive long-distance running, having competed in seven Boston Marathons and countless smaller races.

Location

Westbrook Law PLLC
Centennial Plaza, Suite 205
2851 Charlevoix Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

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Reviews

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Posted by Charles Archibald | November 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honor, integrity and rule of law
Mr. Westbrook is our current attorney handling some serious legal issues. He acts with honor, integrity, passion, hard work, most of all he anticipates the rule of law to be upheld. Highly recommend.
Posted by Tony | December 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Tony
My wife and I hired Ted for litigation against a major financial institute who held our mortgage. The institute made it impossible for us to work with them regarding a loan modification. This resulted in hiring Ted to remediate the situation that was lingering for over 3 yrs. Ted promptly filed suit against them and we were able to reach a very fair and amiable settlement. Ted also did an excellant job keeping us posted during the suit and additionally, he followed up with us after the settlement to see how we were doing. I highly recommend him for any type debt litigation especially any type having to do with mortgages.
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Posted by Mark | July 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Litigation
Ted handled two very complicated litigation cases for us recently - one as plaintiff and one as defendant. He did a masterful job in both cases which resulted in very successful outcomes for us. The case in which we were defendants, we most likely would have lost with another attorney representing us but Ted pulled multiple rabbits out of the hat. It was a seven figure financial dispute and so very important to us.
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Posted by William Hunt | July 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Westbrook Law
Mr. Westbrook is a professional attorney with a strong knowledge of the law and strong ethics. He won every case where he represented me or my firm. I credit his honesty and hard work for his success.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 315-315 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Westbrook Law PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Drew, Cooper & Anding
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Drew Cooper & Anding
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Michigan Department Of Attorney General
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Macholtz v. Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC, 499 F. Supp. 3d 434 (W.D. Mich. 2020)
  • Partial summary judgment granted to consumer plaintiff
  • Hullett v. Plunkett Cooney, 2020 WL 2176880 (W.D. Mich.)
  • Law firm defendant's motion to dismiss denied. Case subsequently settled
  • VanderKodde v. Mary Jane M. Elliott, P.C., 951 F.3d 397 (6th Cir. 2020)
  • Lower court's decision dismissing case overturned on appeal
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Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Banking Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Banking Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
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Publications

  • Michigan Business Law Journal
  • Banks Bona Fide: A Good-Faith Approach to Lender Liability
  • 2013
  • Michigan State Law Review
  • Owned: Finding a Place for Virtual World Property Rights
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Debtors Bar of West Michigan Annual Seminar
  • The Intersection of Bankruptcy Practice and Consumer Claims: FDCPA, FCRA and TCPA
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
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Litigation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Ted for several years and can attest that he is a hard-working, tenacious attorney who has the requisite skill and intelligence necessary to handle complex legal matters. I would highly recommend that potential clients give Ted a call."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Mr. Westbrook at his former firm. He is one of the most intelligent attorneys I've met, and is extremely dedicated, and detail-oriented. He's also a kind and respectful person to work with and for. I would gladly recommend him to anybody."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Ted on a number of consumer protection and commercial litigation matters. As our careers have progressed, he is one of the lawyers I have routinely gone to in order to discuss a particular legal issue and bounce ideas around. He has a brilliant legal mind and is a skilled litigator passionate about his work. I highly recommend him."
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Grand Rapids Litigation Lawyer Theodore James Westbrook
Theodore James Westbrook
Litigation Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 16 years
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