Our firm has five lawyers. We concentrate on “transactional” areas of law: business, real estate, trusts, municipal. But very few law firms can survive without a litigation arm. After all, negotiations often go awry; contract breaches occur. Sometimes clients need advice about criminal law or need domestic law counseling. Our firm supplies support in these “litigation” areas.
Here are ten things about our litigation practice you might not know:
1. All of our attorneys have experience in litigation matters (either through previous jobs or exposure over the course of their careers), which proves invaluable when assisting with transactional matters.
2. Our firm, mostly through Rob Pattison, handles a large number of divorce and child custody cases.
3. Rob Pattison worked as a criminal prosecutor for nearly five years, giving him a ton of trial experience and intimate exposure to the criminal justice system.
4. Our firm, especially Eric Scheske, provides services in “quasi” litigation areas, like bankruptcy. We have filed appearances in over 100 federal district court bankruptcy cases in the past ten years, in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Fort Wayne, and South Bend.
5. Three attorneys in our firm, John Svendsen and Robert Brothers and Eric Scheske, provide probate litigation services. Most of these services are fairly routine and non-adversarial, but if there is a contested matter, Mr. Brothers has a lot of adversarial experience in probate court.
6. John Svendsen still works over twenty hours a week and has been handling unique and complicated probate matters for over 40 years.
7. We routinely handle personal injury matters. Roger Bird and Robert Pattison provide the bulk of these services, and their settlements and verdicts range from the small ($5,000) to the large (over $1 million).
8. Roger Bird is a certified arbitrator.
9. Our firm has assisted clients in a variety of “offbeat” litigation matters, ranging from adverse possession to sexual harassment, violation of minimum wage laws to IRS tax audits.
10. Roger Bird has handled a handful of cases with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers–which is the exclusive tribunal for disputes pertaining to Internet domain names.