expert advice on public sector law
A graduate of the University of Oregon Law School, Jeff has over 30 years’ experience in the legal field. His practice is devoted to public sector legal work and he was recognized in 2017 for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for his practice in the area of municipal law. He has extensive experience in a wide range of municipal legal issues and represents over 15 communities and public authorities as general counsel throughout Michigan. The longstanding relationship that Jeff has enjoyed with many of his clients is the aspect of his practice that he most values.
Clients, other municipal counsel, and municipal administrators and officers often look upon Jeff to participate in various speaking engagements regarding municipal legal topics. He is also a contributor to Michigan Municipal Law, published by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education of the State Bar of Michigan and has published in other venues on numerous occasions.
In addition to being a ten-time recipient of the Michigan Super Lawyers rating in the area of public sector law, Jeff has also received the highest designation of AV by Martindale Hubbell for over ten years and was selected in 2010 as a Distinguished Michigan Attorney of the Year by the Michigan Associates of Municipal Attorneys upon the recommendation of his clients. As a former chairperson of the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2007-2008), Jeff continues to actively serve on that body. In addition, he is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys.
Aside from his professional legal work, Jeff is engaged in various civic organizations including the United Methodist Community House, a nonprofit serving children and seniors in downtown Grand Rapids, where he has served on the Board since 2010 and as its President since 2014. Jeff is married with three children and lives in the Grand Rapids area.