Rhoades McKee

Grand Rapids Office

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Executive Committee: Anthony Pearson, President, Suanne Watt Stay, Vice President, Patrick R Drueke, Vice President
Number of shareholders: 39
Number of attorneys: 50

Firm Overview:
In 1959, founder Dale Rhoades served in the city attorney’s office while moonlighting at his part-time law practice. Now, over 50 years since its inception, Rhoades McKee offers over 25 legal practice specialties in two locations. The attorneys use an interdisciplinary team approach to identify additional concerns, outline options, and guide clients through the outcomes.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Financial Services:
11 shareholders
The attorneys assist financial institutions with negotiating and drafting loan documents, due diligence for loan and workout transactions, analysis of environmental risk, negotiating and drafting of forbearance agreements, handling commercial collection, representation in bankruptcy proceedings, fiduciary representation, and acquisition, management, sale and liquidation of REO and personal property.
Key Contact: Peter Rhoades
Tel: 616 233 5237
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
8 shareholders
Three business attorneys are also certified public accountants. Attorneys are experienced with business formation and financing, commercial finance law, commercial lending, commercial transaction law, dissolution, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, succession planning, as well as taxation.
Key Contact: Jonathon Siebers
Tel: 616 233 5743
Email: [email protected]

Commercial Litigation:
22 shareholders
Unique to this firm in 2016, the Rhoades McKee litigation group was privileged to represent three clients in three separate business-related disputes, all tried to juries. All three cases resulted in significant victories for Rhoades McKee clients. Recent studies in the United States show that only 1% of cases are tried. Rhoades McKee’s litigation practice group publishes a Michigan Business Court blog to nearly 600 subscribers. As each decision is published, the litigation team reviews the decision, provides a case summary and outlines the implications.
Key Contact: Paul McCarthy
Tel: 616 233 5133
Email: [email protected]

Employment Law:
6 shareholders
The labor and employment attorneys work with business owners, human resource professionals, and insurance companies to successfully counsel and defend employers of all sizes regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws. In addition to defending employers in court, the attorneys represent companies of all sizes before administrative agencies including the EEOC, MDCR, EBIA, OSHA, OFCCP, NLRB and the Department of Labor.
Key Contact: John Lichtenberg
Tel: 616 233 5163
Email: [email protected]

Insurance Defense:
9 shareholders
The firm is recognized for professional defense litigation including doctors and other medical providers, lawyers and accountants, including claims with damages exceeding $20 million.
Key Contact: Mark Fatum
Tel: 616 233 5162
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Environmental Law:
9 shareholders
Real estate services for individuals, businesses and real estate professionals including the interdisciplinary practice of environmental and natural resources law, development and transaction law, construction, condemnation and zoning and land use matters.
Key Contact: Scott Steiner
Tel: 616 233 5206
Email: [email protected]