Law firm hires member
A Grand Rapids-based law firm has hired a new member who specializes in family law and estate planning.
Mika Meyers said this spring that Randall Velzen joined the firm.
As a family law attorney, he helps his clients through the divorce process, including custody issues, property divisions and support. He also practices basic estate planning.
Velzen divides his divorce practice equally between collaborative law, mediation/arbitration and litigation.
Most recently, Velzen was a shareholder at Velzen, Johnsen & Wikander, a family law firm with two other attorneys.
“It has been a very good move for me,” Velzen said. “The other firm, Velzen, Johnsen & Wikander, and I left on very good terms….It’s been a smooth transition for their clients and mine, but this just offered a bigger firm.
“We have a lot of really good attorneys here, so if I have a question like I did last week about no-fault insurance, because one of my clients was in a car accident, someone else can advise on that.”
Previously, he was a shareholder at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge.
Velzen was one of the first attorneys in West Michigan to complete collaborative law training through the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan, or CPIM. He is also past president of CPIM.
Additionally, Velzen is part of the training team PRISM, LLC which trains professionals for collaborative divorce, and he’s a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of West Michigan.
Velzen is president-elect of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, immediate past chair of its Family Law Section and a member of the Executive Committee of its ADR section.
He received the Michael S. Barnes Award in 2005 for pro bono work for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the President’s Award in 2011.
Velzen has also done pro bono advocacy work on the national board of Easter Seals, which serves people with disabilities.
“They have a local office, but I was involved on the national level with litigation and public affairs: talking to legislators about passing laws that assisted people with disabilities,” he said.
He is a past board member of Camp Roger, a summer camp for children in Belding.
He graduated from Calvin College in 1975 with a B.A. in philosophy and earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1978.
Founded in 1950, Mika Meyers has 44 attorneys who provide a range of legal services to individuals, families, businesses, municipalities and educational institutions throughout Michigan and nationwide.
The firm also has offices in Rockford, Caledonia and Manistee.