Firms, legislation, trends and awards


Michigan vote on legalizing marijuana is likely in 2018

November 21, 2017
LANSING — Organizers of a ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan submitted 365,000 signatures to the state yesterday, which appears to be more than enough to qualify the initiative for a statewide vote in 2018. Read More

4 things a tenant should add to a commercial lease

November 21, 2017
If you are a new commercial tenant and ask me to review the lease given to you by your landlord, the most important reason you are hiring me is not for what’s already in the lease. Read More

Judge approves lawsuit tied to SUV crash

November 20, 2017
| By AP
DETROIT — The family of a pregnant woman who died in a rear-end crash while in an SUV has cleared a hurdle in a lawsuit against an automaker. Read More

Long-term growth for law market

Likely surge attributed to new firms entering Grand Rapids, existing firms expanding to more efficient space.

November 17, 2017
In its annual Law Firm Perspective, real estate group JLL highlighted how Grand Rapids’ law market is poised for growth as outside groups are entering the market. Read More

Grand Rapids approves 'equal services' policy

November 17, 2017
Acting with the goal to protect individuals regardless of their immigration status and national origin, the Grand Rapids City Commission has approved an “equal services” policy. Read More

Principal facing sexual harassment lawsuit resigns

November 17, 2017
| By AP
A high school principal in the region who is facing a federal sexual harassment lawsuit has resigned. Read More

Kent County creating mental health court

November 15, 2017
Kent County has been awarded funds to create a mental health court. Read More

Q&A: Tammy Helminski

November 14, 2017
Tammy Helminski is a partner at the national law firm of Barnes & Thornburg, practicing environmental law out of its Grand Rapids office. Read More

Disbarred lawyer appeals decision

November 13, 2017
| By AP
AUBURN HILLS — A former lawyer for the state is appealing a decision that stripped him of his law license for his hostility against a gay college student. Read More

Police officer pleads guilty to misdemeanor

November 8, 2017
| By AP
A police officer in the region has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor neglect of duty for leaving his jurisdiction for an illegitimate reason. Read More