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Carl E. Ver Beek Of Counsel

Carl VerBeek Labor and Employment Relations Law
Grand Rapids
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Dawn LaBeau, 616/336-6688

Labor and Employment Experience

Carl’s practice focuses on various aspects of labor and employment relations and dispute resolution. He has mediated and/or arbitrated hundreds of cases for the National Center for Dispute Settlement, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), The Dispute Resource Center of West Michigan, and the National Arbitration Forum. Carl is a frequent speaker at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and American and State Bar meetings on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and at Labor Arbitration Institute forums. He serves on many non-profit, professional and business boards.


  • Michigan State Bar Hudson Award (2014, highest State Bar award)
  • Trustee of the Year by Leading Age of Michigan (2013)
  • Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award (2007)
  • Michigan Health and Hospital Association - Special Recognition (2007)
  • Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Distinguished Service Award (2004)
  • Hope College Second Century Club Annual Outstanding Services Award (2001)
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow (1997)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 1989
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rated  AV® Preeminent™

Professional Affiliations

  • American Employment Law Council
  • American Bar Association: Dispute Resolution Section Council, Labor and Employment Section Council
  • State Bar of Michigan: Labor and Employment Section; Character and Fitness Committee, Chair
  • Modernizing the Practice Committee, 2015
  • State of Michigan: Attorney Grievance Commission, Chair; Attorney Discipline Board Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association: Labor and Employment Section, Personnel Committee

Community Involvement

  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce (Foundation Board Chair)
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors)
  • Reformed Church in America (Executive Committee)
  • Holland Home (Board Chair)
  • Grand Rapids Downtown Rotary Club
  • Bethany Christian Services (Board Chair)
  • Kent Health Plan Corporation (Board Chair)
  • Faith Hospice (Board Chair)
  • Health Net of West Michigan (Board Chair)


  • Indiana University School of Law
    Bloomington, Indiana
    J.D., with honors, 1962
    Member, Editorial Board, Indiana Law Journal
  • Hope College
    Holland, Michigan
    A.B., with honors, 1959
    Order of the Coif
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