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Business and Litigation Attorney

Bob focuses his practice on business law, commercial litigation, health care matters and family law. His experience includes the acquisition and sale of businesses, shareholder disputes and corporate entity formation, including complex business entity structures for multistate clients. He is a licensed real estate broker and an experienced litigator with a concentration on commercial and residential construction matters and real estate title issues. In the area of health care, he is experienced in resolving contract disputes for physician groups and medical practices.

In addition, Bob handles collaborative law divorces as well as high-conflict family law cases, including contested custody and closely-held business interest disputes.

For more information, please contact Bob Rutgers at 616/336-6813 or


Honors & Recognitions

Grand Rapids Business Journal, Top Lawyer: Corporate Law and Family Law

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers: Corporate Law; Family Law; 2019

Leading Lawyers, Real Estate Law - Commercial

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

Collaborative Divorce Professionals of West Michigan

Federal Bar Association, Western District of Michigan

Grand Rapids Bar Association: Business Section; Family Law Section, Executive Committee; First Year Attorneys Committee

Justice Foundation of West Michigan, life member and fellow

Michigan State Bar Foundation, fellow

State Bar of Michigan: Membership Services Committee, 2016 - 2018; Michigan Bar Journal Standing Committee; Special Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, 2016 - 2018 

Community Involvement

Economic Club of Grand Rapids

Rotary Club of Grand Rapids

Youth sports coach

News & Publications




Marquette University Law School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
J.D., 1992

Hope College
Holland, Michigan
B.A., Economics, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
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