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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.


  • 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

  • Active in the American Bar Association (including the Council of the Labor and Employment Section and the Council of the Dispute Resolution Section), State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association, holding numerous leadership positions
  • Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators
  • Board member of the Grand Rapids Bar Foundation
  • Former chair of the Attorney Grievance Commission
  • Member of the Attorney Discipline Board for the State of Michigan, as appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court

Community Involvement

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


  • 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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