Nathan D. Plantinga

Nathan D. Plantinga

Miller Johnson, P.L.C.

Recognized since 2011

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Employment Law - Management
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Labor Law - Management
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Nathan D. Plantinga has been practicing law since 1997 and is the chair of the firm's employment and labor section. He enjoys a busy counseling practice for union and nonunion clients, advising employers on the full spectrum of employment matters, including civil rights charges, difficult medical leave issues, employee discipline and discharge, wage and hour, and unemployment. Mr. Plantinga also specializes in traditional labor work involving collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice litigation, labor-management relations and union avoidance.

Mr. Plantinga belongs to the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, and Grand Rapids Bar Association, the Committee on the Development of the Law under the National Labor Relations Act, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He is also sits on the Board of Directors of the Human Resources Group of Grand Rapids.

Contact & Links


  • Arena Place, Suite 1100
    45 Ottawa Avenue, SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503


  • Calvin College, B.A., graduated 1994

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Labor Law - Management

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employment Law - Management, Grand Rapids (2022)
  • Labor Law - Management, Grand Rapids (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

"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."

"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), Grand Rapids, MI

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