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Law firm sees practice growth ahead
A law firm is seeing growing demand in a handful of its practice areas, which it expects will lead to increased hiring this year.
On Jan. 1, Douglas Donnell, an attorney at Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones’ Grand Rapids office, began his second year of a two-year term on the firm’s management committee.
As chair, Donnell joins Neil Kimball and Benjamin Zainea as the other two members of the firm’s three-member management committee elected for 2015.
Donnell said he expects this year will be unique, because the firm is looking to grow.
“We have several practice areas that are growing and that we want to grow more, and we will need more lawyers to do the work,” Donnell said.
Those areas include the firm’s business corporate practice and its energy and natural resources practice.
“Over the last few years, we’ve become more active in the mining area,” Donnell said. “We’ve picked up some activity and are looking to expand that area, and it looks like it may well be expanding. But probably the primary focus would be the business corporate tax area, where we see a good deal of growth happening.”
Donnell said the firm is also experiencing increased demand from its municipal clients.
“The firm has a lot of municipal clients, and we see a fair amount in increased business and development activity through the eyes of the municipal clients as well,” he said. “They are presented with more development projects and proposals that are being presented to them.”
Donnell added that this year, "I actually see us adding more lawyers than a usual recruiting year."
The law firm will look at hiring out of law schools and mid-level attorneys interested in joining the firm.
The firm currently employs 46 lawyers.
Additional satellite offices could be in the firm’s future as well.
Mika Meyers opened an office in Manistee just over a year and a half ago, which Donnell said has been a great success and could lead to additional satellite offices.
“We joined up with a well established, but very small firm in Manistee,” he said. “It really has worked out very well for both sides. It has been really instructive if we, in the future, look to establish any other satellite offices.”
The firm also operates offices in Grand Rapids, Rockford and Caledonia.