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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


Calder Plaza Building, 250 Monroe Avenue N.W., Suite 100, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Established: 1883

Practice Areas

  • First and Third Party Defense
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • No-Fault
  • Primary and Excess Insurance
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Trucking Law
  • Business Law
  • Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Appellate Practice
  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Probate Litigation

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About Us

The attorneys of Wheeler Upham are well known in the courtrooms and boardrooms of Michigan. Wheeler Upham is the oldest continuously operating law firm in Grand Rapids. We have spent over 135 years advising individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations and solving their legal problems.

As a firm, we are big enough to bring together a team of lawyers with many diverse skills, yet small enough to provide you with the personalized attention your unique concerns deserve. We offer the benefits of a larger law firm at a more affordable cost. That's why our clients range from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Our attorneys are expert courtroom advocates and innovative out-of-court problem solvers.

The professionals at Wheeler Upham practice in many different areas of law, but we have in common a commitment to personalized, efficient, and effective legal service.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Firm Members


John M. Roels

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Appellate Practice
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1976
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1975

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Gary A. Maximiuk

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • First and Third Party Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Trucking Law
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1976
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Publications:
  • Contributing Author: "Michigan Insurance Law and Practice"
  • Co-Editor and Contributing Author: "A Practical Guide to Depositions in Michigan" (1st and 2nd ed.)
Education:
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, A.B., 1972
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1976

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James M. Shade

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1982
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Michigan, J.D. (cum laude), 1981

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Glenn L. Smith

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Law
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1989
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1985
  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1989

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Michael J. TerBeek

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • Michigan, 2005
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2005

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Kenneth E. Tiews

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Wills and Estate Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Probate Matters
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1976
Memberships:
  • American and Grand Rapids Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
Education:
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1973

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Jon J. Schrotenboer

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Automobile Negligence
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1982
Education:
  • Hope College, B.A., 1979
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1982

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Catherine M. Sullivan

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1987
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1987

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Jeffrey D. DenBraber

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Business Law
Admitted
  • Michigan, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Education:
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2011

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Daniel J. James

Grand Rapids, MI

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial General Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2007
  • Indiana, 2008
  • Michigan, 2011
Education:
  • Hope College, B.A., 2003
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2007

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History of Wheeler Upham

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