James R. Brown

James R. Brown

Mika Meyers, PLC

Recognized since 1987

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Practice Areas

Municipal Law

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Municipal Law
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James R. Brown concentrates his law practice in municipal law and real property law. He represents many townships, villages, cities and other municipal bodies throughout West Michigan and elsewhere in the state.

His law practice has a particular emphasis in the representation of townships, and he serves as general counsel for a large number of townships in Kent County and in surrounding counties.

Jim is also an experienced township official, having served for 25 years as chairperson of the Grand Rapids Township Planning Commission. He also served for 20 years as chairperson of the Board of Zoning Appeals of Grand Rapids Township. He is an active member of the Michigan Townships Association and has written and lectured extensively on legal matters affecting townships, villages and public authorities.

A significant portion of his practice involves zoning and other land use matters. He has drafted zoning ordinances for many local governments in Michigan, and his articles on zoning and real property law have appeared in the Michigan Planning and Zoning News, the Michigan Real Property Review, and other publications. He is also active in representing district libraries and other types of libraries established by local governments.

Jim also has an extensive real property law practice, and has been active at the state level as an officer of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He served for several years as a member of the Council of the Section. He is a former chairperson of the Real Property Law Section, and been a member of the State Bar Land Title Standards Committee for more than 25 years, and is a former chairperson of that committee.

  • 900 Monroe Avenue, NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Albion College, A.B.
  • University of Michigan, Juris Doctorate
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan, 1965
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers - Member
  • American Planning Association - Member
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Atttorneys - Member
  • Michigan Association of Township Attorneys - Member
  • Michigan Society of Planning Officials - Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers - Member
  • State Bar of Michigan - Member

Mika Meyers, PLC
Headquarters: Grand Rapids, Michigan

25 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America award

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Municipal Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Real Estate Law, Grand Rapids (2014)
  • Municipal Law, Grand Rapids (2013)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
Special Focus:
  • Real Estate
  • Listed in Best Lawyers of America since 1987
  • Named by Best Lawyers as Grand Rapids' 2013 Municipal Lawyer of the Year and 2014 Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2014 Leader in the Law


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