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University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 1993

University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
B.B.A., Accountancy, magna cum laude, 1990

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

All Michigan state courts

United States Tax Court

Corporate Attorney

Joe is a partner on the Business and Corporate Services Practice Team and has been with the firm since 1993. His practice focuses on corporate governance and counseling, securities matters, and mergers and acquisitions along with certain tax matters. He represents publicly-held and privately-held clients in a variety of industries and matters, from board governance to securities law compliance to buying and selling businesses, as well as structuring business transactions and successions.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, since 2013; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2024

Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Catholic Lawyers Association of West Michigan, member

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Grand Rapids Symphony, Board member and Finance Committee

Kent Country Club, Membership Committee, director, vice president, secretary

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