General Information

Year founded: 1960
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Overview

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Like many West Michigan businesses, our story begins with an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1959, founder Dale Rhoades served in the city attorney’s office while moonlighting at his part-time law practice. Over time, additional attorneys joined his practice and he left the city attorney’s office. In 1986, the law firm experienced significant growth with the addition of another thriving practice, Mohney, Goodrich, and Titta. Now, over 50 years since its inception, Rhoades McKee offers over 25 legal practice specialties in three locations.

Rhoades McKee enjoys a statewide reputation for offering comprehensive and collaborative legal services in the areas of Business, Real Estate, Litigation, and Personal Services.

Unique to this Michigan Firm, Rhoades McKee leverages the additional certifications of attorneys who are also Certified Professional Accountants including Robert C. Shaver, Peter J. Lozicki, Thomas P. Hogan, and Peter J. Veldkamp. Also, litigation attorneys Paul A. McCarthy and Stephen J. Hulst have obtained certifications for business valuation matters. These dual certifications offer our clients a comprehensive and cost-effective advantage.

This firm is also recognized for a strong professional defense practice including doctors and other medical providers as well as accountants, real estate professionals, and lawyers. In fact, Rhoades McKee is the firm that other established law firms look to for representation of their lawyers in professional malpractice actions.

Serving both businesses and individuals in Michigan, the firm's personal legal services include family law, personal injury, estate planning, probate litigation, elder law, Medicaid planning, special needs planning, and resolving tax controversies.

Our attorneys work in concentrated teams to uncover and address all of the underlying legal issues. For example, the family law team includes attorneys with key expertise in real estate, estate planning, child/custody issues as well as business valuation. This collaborative approach secures the best outcome for our clients.

Rankings

Rhoades McKee PC is metro ranked in 21 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Grand Rapids
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Family Law

Rankings

Regional Rankings

Grand Rapids
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for Family Law
Tier 1 for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Mediation
Tier 1 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Construction Law
Tier 2 for Corporate Law
Tier 2 for Elder Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 2 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 2 for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Tier 3 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 3 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 3 for Litigation - ERISA

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Agriculture Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Cannabis Law
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Health Care Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Labor and Employment Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Tax
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Rhoades McKee PC has 28 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Rhoades McKee PC eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Client Comments

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Contacts

Business Practice Group Team Leader
Jon Siebers
Individual and Family Services Team Leader
Pam J. Cross
Litigation Services Team Leader
Stephen J. Hulst
Real Estate Services Team Leader
Patrick R. Drueke
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