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Banking Attorney

Joan is a member of the Financial Services Practice Team. She represents commercial and asset-based lenders (including banks) in documenting, negotiating and closing numerous commercial loan transactions, including working capital and formula-based loans; real estate acquisition and development loans; and leveraged buyout financing.

Joan also represents lenders in connection with borrower insolvencies, loan restructurings and workouts; banks in various matters concerning regulatory compliance issues; and various corporate and commercial clients regarding general commercial matters.

For more information, please contact Joan Schleef at 616/336-6462 or


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Grand Rapids Banking and Finance Law, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® since 2013

Best Lawyers in America®, Women in the Law Spring Business Edition, Banking and Finance Law, 2017

Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Ohio Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, West Michigan Chapter

News & Publications


  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Wendell A. Miles


University of Cincinnati College of Law
Cincinnati, Ohio
J.D., cum laude, 1985
University of Cincinnati Law Review,
Lead Articles Editor,
Order of the Coif

Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
Bachelor of Music, with distinction, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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