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Law firm names partner

June 14, 2017
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Joe Sadler
Joe Sadler. Courtesy Kotz Sangster

A Michigan law firm with a local office has hired a partner with experience in litigation, primarily on behalf of manufacturers, insurance companies, fashion brands and banks.

Kotz Sangster said last month it hired Joe Sadler as a partner in the firm’s downtown Grand Rapids office.

“Joe brings a depth of insurance industry and corporate litigation knowledge and experience and will play a key role in our continuing growth in western Michigan,” said Kevin O’Dowd, managing partner of Kotz Sangster’s Grand Rapids office.

Sadler, formerly a partner at Warner, Norcross & Judd, practices commercial litigation, insurance and trademark law, representing clients such as Whirlpool Corporation and Coach.

He has handled insurance coverage disputes for Alticor/Amway and counseled various clients on insurance procurement and risk management issues. He also has handled privacy, defamation and anti-harassment litigation on behalf of individual and corporate clients.

“I am thrilled to be part of Kotz Sangster’s growth in West Michigan,” Sadler said. “For my entire career, I have worked at large firms built by other lawyers long ago. This move allows me to be part of a growing office, shaping its direction for the future, which is exciting.”

Sadler’s background

Sadler moved to Grand Rapids from Chicago, where he litigated commercial, products liability and insurance coverage cases.

A Chicagoland native, he earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2002 and his B.A. from Indiana University - Bloomington in 1998.

He is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the State of Illinois.

Kotz Sangster

Kotz Sangster, based in Detroit, provides counsel to clients across Michigan and throughout the country.

Founded in 1978, the firm has more than 35 attorneys in offices in Grand Rapids, Niles, South Haven and St. Joseph, as well as in Bloomfield Hills and Detroit. 

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