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Business and Estate Planning Attorney

Jeff’s practice focuses on business law, real estate and estate planning. Jeff works with many companies and family businesses to handle their legal issues, including business transactions, financing, contracts, licensing matters and real estate transactions. He is experienced in commercial real estate development and financing, and in the ownership, management and transfer of family businesses, cottages, farms and vacation properties. He also represents clients in the agriculture and food industries, providing services including business and real estate advice tailored to the needs of the clients.

Jeff's estate planning work includes assisting clients with wills and trusts, estate taxation counsel, and trust and estate administration.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 2013

G.W. Haworth Strength of Community Award for Exemplary Community Leadership, 2010

Leading Lawyers: Agriculture Law; Closely & Privately Held Business Law; Real Estate Law - Commercial; Real Estate Law - Residential; Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Ottawa County Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation: Board chair, 2011 - 2012; Board of Trustees, 2006 - 2012

Grand Haven Area Public Schools, bond campaign co-chair, 2014

Grand Haven Bank, director, 2004 - 2008

Greater Ottawa County United Way, campaign chair, 2008 - 2009

Instrument rated private pilot

Loutit District Library: Board of Trustees, 2003 - 2009; Board chair, 2006 - 2009

Love In The Name of Christ Ministry Center, capital campaign chair, 2010 - 2012

North Ottawa Community Health System: Board chair, 2017; Board of Trustees, 2012 - present; capital campaign co-chair, 2014 - 2016

Rotary Club of Grand Haven, past president, 1993 - present

St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish, capital campaign co-chair, 2014 - 2016

News & Publications

Publications

Education

University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 1987

Hope College
Holland, Michigan
B.A., summa cum laude, 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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