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Litigation Attorney

Tim is a partner on the firm's Litigation and Trial Practice Team. His practice focuses on helping clients resolve business disputes, including complex commercial tort and contract litigation, supply chain disputes,  trade secret and unfair competition matters, and corporate governance issues. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries including automotive, banking, energy, construction, manufacturing, trucking and logistics, and health care. This diverse experience allows Tim to tailor his approach to each case with the client's particular business objectives in mind. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts around the country and has experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Tim also regularly represents clients in cases involving complex employment-related matters, including breach of non-competition agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contracts, and unfair competition. He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in these cases, obtaining numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.

Tim is also actively involved in the firm's recruiting and retention efforts. He currently serves as the chair of the firm's Associate Recruiting Committee and is the past chair of the firm's Summer Associate program.

For more information, please contact Tim Monsma at 616/336-6830 or



Successfully defended international telecommunications provider against multiple tort and breach of contract claims filed by a competitor and totaling $6 million following the acquisition of local fiber company and alleged denial of splicing rights to an extended fiber network purchased as part of the transaction. Obtained summary disposition of all claims in client's favor as well as a declaratory judgment terminating the plaintiff's rights to access the network, pursuant to the terms of the agreements assumed in the transaction.

Successfully defended national less-than-truckload provider against complex misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition claims filed by a competitor and totaling $70 million in litigation spanning Michigan, Delaware, Utah, Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. Obtained summary judgment of all claims against client, along with a significant attorneys' fee award in client's favor.

Represented international electronics component distributor in pursuing complex misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, and fraud claims against former executive and competitor, obtaining $600,000 verdict in client's favor, following a two-week trial.

Served as national litigation counsel to a Fortune 500 manufacturer.

Successfully defended electronics manufacturer against breach of contract claims arising out of licensing agreement and totaling more than $10.1 million, obtaining nuisance value settlement.

Represented nationwide logistics broker in pursuing complex misappropriation of trade secret claims against a competitor and several former high-level employees after competitor and employees solicited client's employees and customers and misappropriated massive amounts of confidential information, obtaining a multimillion dollar recovery.

Defended limited liability company against claims for withdrawal distributions totaling $1 million filed by several former members. After obtaining judgment in client's favor in a case of first impression, the decision was unanimously affirmed by the Sixth Circuit.

Represented former shareholders in pursuing litigation against the purchaser of a large beverage manufacturer in litigation arising out of the purchaser's breach of a stock purchase agreement through failure to pay accrued tax benefits following the sale, obtaining an $8.5 million settlement on clients' behalf.

Successfully defended limited liability companies against contract and successor liability claims exceeding $1 million arising out of plaintiff's alleged right to receive sales commissions following the termination of his relationship with the defendant companies.

Defended physicians group, its management company, and several corporate officers against numerous tort and contract claims in multimillion dollar litigation brought by the co-owner of an outpatient surgical center, obtaining dismissal of all claims, a result affirmed in its entirety on appeal.

Successfully defended real estate developer against statutory conversion and UCC claims totaling in excess of $1.5 million. Multiday trial resulted in a decision in favor of developer on all counts. The decision was affirmed in its entirety on appeal.


Honors & Recognitions

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers, Litigation - Commercial; Trade Secrets, 2020

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2018

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star since 2013

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association

Grand Rapids Bar Association: Litigation Section; former Executive Board member

Grand Rapids Economic Club

State Bar of Michigan

Transportation Lawyers Association, Litigation Committee

Community Involvement

Conductive Learning Center, Board member

Heart of West Michigan United Way, Project Blueprint, former Board member

Literacy Center of West Michigan, Board member

South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM), former Board member

West Michigan Arthritis Foundation, Board member

News & Publications


"Protecting the Keys to the Kingdom: Managing Information and Competition in Today's Work Environment," Varnum Labor and Employment Seminar, March 2015

"This is the End: How to Handle Employment Terminations", Varnum Labor and Employment Seminar, March 2016


Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., magna cum laude, 2008
Order of the Coif

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan
B.A., Psychology, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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