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Firm elects new leadership

July 10, 2018
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Michelle Anthes
Michelle Anthes. Courtesy McShane & Bowie PLC

A local law firm has selected its new managing partners, including the first female partner to hold the position in the firm’s 66-year history.

McShane & Bowie PLC recently named Michelle H. Anthes, Wayne P. Bryan and James R. Bruinsma as managing partners.

Anthes is the first female promoted to that position with the firm.

“This changing of the guard is an investment in the future of the firm,” she said. “McShane & Bowie is growth oriented while maintaining a focus on the clients that create our foundation of success.”

The trio was voted for by other partners at the firm. They are responsible for the direction of the firm, including “organizational skills and leadership qualities integral to the partners’ success and organizing legal specialty areas.”

Anthes has been an attorney at McShane & Bowie since 2005 and has been part of a management committee for the last seven years. She focuses her practice on business law and probate and estate planning. Anthes specializes in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business counseling, wills, estate tax reduction and testamentary trusts.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and the West Michigan State Estate Planning Council. She received her B.A. from Michigan State University and went on to graduate with her J.D. from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law.

Bryan has been with the firm for 30 years and has served on the management committee since 1983. He practices estate planning, business and corporate law, corporate tax planning, limited liability companies and partnership law, and business succession planning.

Bryan is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He is a certified public accountant. Bryan attended Michigan State University and received a B.A. in accounting. He later went to the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law to earn his J.D. A year later, in 1983, Bryan received his LL.M in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law.

Bruinsma has been with the firm for five years and has served on the firm’s management committee. He specializes in civil ligation, which includes real estate, financial services and commercial matters.

Bruinsma has served as counsel to developers and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation, and has worked with tribal governments on immunity and contract enforcement.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. Bruinsma earned his undergraduate degree of the University of Michigan and his law degree from Harvard University.

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