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Employee Benefits Attorney

Bill provides general business counsel to clients primarily in the area of employee benefits, including benefit administration matters, selection of plan types, and representation before the IRS, DOL, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). He has a strong focus on the health care industry as well as family-owned and other closely-held businesses.Bill also provides counsel for business clients on various corporate and business matters, employment agreements, and contract issues. For those same clients, he has served as counsel on family ownership dynamics and succession planning issues. 

Bill is past president of Law Weathers, his former firm, and past chair of that firm's health care law practice. For more than 45 years, Bill was one of the foundational business builders at Law Weathers, growing the health care law practice from the ground up and introducing marketing and client service activities before it became common among law firms.

For more information, please contact Bill Hineline at 616/336-6238 or


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 1991

Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2014

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers, Employee Benefits Law, 2019 and 2020

Leading Lawyers: Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Employee Benefits Law

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan: Taxation Section; Business Section

Community Involvement

D.A. Blodgett-St. John's Home, Advisory Council

John Ball Zoo Society Board of Directors, former member, 1985 - 2014

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University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., 1967

Miami University
Oxford, Ohio
B.S., 1963

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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