Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

Miller Johnson was founded in 1959 and has offices in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Miller Johnson's diversified and challenging full-service civil practice is divided into three major practice areas: Business and Corporate Law, Employment and Labor Relations and Litigation.

Our top-ranking by third parties attests to our proficiency in practice areas such as employment law, employee benefits, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, general commercial litigation, banking and finance, construction, real estate, tax law, trusts and estates, and family law.

We've never strived to be one of the biggest law firms. Instead, Miller Johnson's standard has always been, simply, to be the best. Our clients like knowing that their law firm is innovative, aggressive, consistent, responsive, and efficient.

Main Location

Arena Place, Suite 1100
45 Ottawa Avenue, SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2250
Phone: 616-831-1700
2 offices

Firm Attorneys

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D. Andrew Portinga D. Andrew Portinga Miller Johnson, P.L.C.
Practicing in: Litigation - ERISA
Practicing in: Litigation - ERISA

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    Leaders

    Craig A. Mutch Managing Member
    Craig A. Mutch
    Managing Member
    D. Andrew Portinga Litigation Section Chair
    D. Andrew Portinga
    Litigation Section Chair
    Kenneth G. Hofman Business Section Chair
    Kenneth G. Hofman
    Business Section Chair
    Nathan D. Plantinga Employment and Labor Section Chair
    Nathan D. Plantinga
    Employment and Labor Section Chair
    Sarah K. Willey Administrative Member - Kalamazoo Office
    Sarah K. Willey
    Administrative Member - Kalamazoo Office

    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" National Awards
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Family Law Mediation with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Michigan in Family Law Mediation with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Michigan in Family Law Arbitration with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Michigan in Family Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Michigan in Collaborative Law: Family Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Collaborative Law: Family Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Kalamazoo, Michigan in Litigation - Real Estate with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Litigation - Trusts and Estates with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Litigation - Labor and Employment with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Kalamazoo, Michigan in Litigation - Labor and Employment with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Labor Law - Management with 9 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Kalamazoo, Michigan in Employment Law - Management with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Employment Law - Management with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Family Law Arbitration with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Health Care Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Tax Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Education Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Family Law Mediation with 2 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" National Awards
    "Top-Listed" in the US in Family Law Mediation with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Michigan in Family Law Mediation with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Michigan in Family Law Arbitration with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Michigan in Family Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Michigan in Collaborative Law: Family Law with 2 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Craig provides excellent service. He always responds in a timely manner and his counsel has always been on the mark. His professional and personal demeanor are an asset, and he keeps a cool head under challenging circumstances."
    - Ron Caniff
    Grandville Public Schools
    "There are many factors that have contributed to the great working relationship we have developed. Craig's expertise in labor relations has helped me time and again to avoid costly errors. He has an easy-going demeanor that makes working with him enjoyable, yet his negotiating skills are top notch. I have a great deal of trust in Craig, and value the excellent service he has provided our organization and myself over the last decade."
    - Brian Pouget
    Interurban Transit Partnership
    "Craig has been our legal counsel for over 20 years now and I feel very confident in Craig's abilities to get good answers to my questions in a very timely manner. Craig communicates in a manner that puts the client at ease. I also appreciate his willingness and the feature of the law firm he works for, to refer me to other lawyers in the practice when the topic of my question covers an area that another lawyer specializes in - a great example of putting the customer first!"
    "As our Corporate Counsel, Craig Lubben is a most trusted advisor and counsel to our Board of Directors and Executives."
    - Bob Nykamp
    Pine Rest Mental Health
    "Cynthia Ortega consistently offers the highest level of professionalism and expertise. Her dedication not just to her clients and firm, but her service to the local and regional community and State of Michigan shines through far beyond the title of attorney. We are proud to work with her and have her advocacy for those we serve!"
    - Michelle Davis
    Housing Resources, Inc.
    "As the Director of Labor Relations for my organization, I have worked with David Buday for over 12 years. David not only provides expert, sound advice on labor law, contract interpretation, arbitration issues and negotiations, but also provides insight and leadership on tough issues and strategy. David is an outstanding advocate for our organization and is patient, professional and instructive with all levels of the organization and the union leaderships, as well. He has a great sense of humor, which is invaluable in a line of work that can get adversarial and frustrating very easily. In addition, David has one of the best assistants I have ever dealt with. Tami Carl is outstanding in keeping things organized, accurate and on track."
    - Doris Schoening
    Borgess Health
    "Frank Berrodin is a great overall ERISA attorney and he is particularly in tune with retirement plans. Frank is incredibly responsive, which has helped our company successfully achieve more than a few acquisitions and divestitures on accelerated timelines. We appreciate that Frank clearly explains each available option, as well as any risks associated with each option. Neither too conservative nor too aggressive, he consistently provides us with the information we need to make the best decisions for our organization."
    - Kathy Lucia
    KIK Custom Products
    "Gary is always quick to respond to issues of an urgent nature and provide perspective and options. He has taken time to understand our culture and needs and develops solutions with the HR team. I appreciate Gary's pragmatic approach, rarely are there black and white issues. Gary helps us understand the nuances and what course of action might be best."
    - Denise Phillips
    Ranir LLC Corporation
    "James Bruinsma was very quick in responding to an issue or concern. His advice is always on target and value added."
    - Greg Ghilardi
    MidMichigan Health
    "ERISA Benefits law tends to be highly technical due to complex and changing regulations. Jim Bruinsma at Miller Johnson does a very good job in keeping us informed of the changes and the required amendments to our plans. He also provides ideas and possible solutions to issues."
    "In addition to immigration law, John Koryto's expertise covers a broad area from employment contracts and discharge activities to general employment issues and to complex business matters. It is very helpful that his experience goes well beyond employment law/HR matters especially if they overlap business aspects. He is very detailed with tendency to perfectionism, very accessible, and well connected. He is capable of finding pragmatic solutions."
    "Mary Tabin is so important to making Pine Rest a great place to work. Her support for our HR team, our HR policy development and her training has been excellent."
    - Bob Nykamp
    Pine Rest Mental Health
    "Excellent work! Knowledgeable and responsive. "
    "I've worked with Mary for nearly 20 years and she is the best. She is fully emerged in her area of expertise as well as the community, diversity and women in business. Miller Johnson is a law firm that provides leading edge advice."
    "I have had a working relationship with Mary V. Bauman for almost 20 years. Mary is competent, compassionate, understanding, and an outstanding person. "
    "Mary is very practical in her approach to the law and asks good questions to make sure that she understands our questions and concerns before proceeding with any research. She is very knowledgeable and has experience working with governmental agencies that has proved very helpful."
    "Nate Plantinga is s trusted resource who is excellent at helping us to recognize the level of risk associated with our decisions while guiding us in developing practical solutions to our business problems. "
    - Anne Dewys
    Spectrum Health
    "I have worked with Nate Plantinga for several years. He is extremely intelligent and his knowledge of Employment Law is outstanding. Even greater than his technical skills is his ability to seek to fully understand every given situation and view it from a practical point of view. He is quick to grasp complex details and subtle nuances and is very efficient with the client's time. Though he has many clients, the person on the other end of the phone or across the table never knows it. I trust his legal advice completely and highly recommend him to colleagues and friends. "
    "Nate is simply the best attorney and at the top of his game. He has depth, experience and is seen as a trusted advisor to the organization. He provides us with practical legal solutions to complex business issues. In addition, Nate goes above and beyond in his responsiveness. He will get back to us on urgent issues even when he's on vacation. Finally, I'm very impressed with Nate and Miller Johnson's commitment to the community around diversity and inclusiveness. They go above and beyond in giving their time and money resources to several organizations in the community."
    "Anthony provided high-quality legal advice while addressing the changing needs of the organization. He presented legal options for the organization to consider as the organization transforms into a new business model."
    "Craig provides excellent service. He always responds in a timely manner and his counsel has always been on the mark. His professional and personal demeanor are an asset, and he keeps a cool head under challenging circumstances."
    - Ron Caniff
    Grandville Public Schools
    "There are many factors that have contributed to the great working relationship we have developed. Craig's expertise in labor relations has helped me time and again to avoid costly errors. He has an easy-going demeanor that makes working with him enjoyable, yet his negotiating skills are top notch. I have a great deal of trust in Craig, and value the excellent service he has provided our organization and myself over the last decade."
    - Brian Pouget
    Interurban Transit Partnership
    "Craig has been our legal counsel for over 20 years now and I feel very confident in Craig's abilities to get good answers to my questions in a very timely manner. Craig communicates in a manner that puts the client at ease. I also appreciate his willingness and the feature of the law firm he works for, to refer me to other lawyers in the practice when the topic of my question covers an area that another lawyer specializes in - a great example of putting the customer first!"
    "As our Corporate Counsel, Craig Lubben is a most trusted advisor and counsel to our Board of Directors and Executives."
    - Bob Nykamp
    Pine Rest Mental Health

    Miller Johnson, P.L.C.

    Main Location

    Arena Place, Suite 1100
    45 Ottawa Avenue, SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2250
    Phone: 616-831-1700
    2 offices

    Management

    Managing Member

    Contacts

    Business Section
    Employment Section
    Litigation Section

    Personnel

    Partners: 68
    Of Counsel: 7
    Associates: 21
    Other Lawyers: 4
    Paralegals: 17
    Non-Legal Employees: 88

    Practice Areas

    Appellate Practice
    Arbitration
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    Collaborative Law: Family Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Construction Law
    Corporate Law
    Education Law
    Elder Law
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Environmental Law
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
    Family Law
    Family Law Mediation
    Health Care Law
    Immigration Law
    Insurance Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - ERISA
    Litigation - Insurance
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Mediation
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
    Real Estate Law
    Tax Law
    Trusts and Estates