For many clients, litigation is a frightening and intimidating experience. Most people do not understand pretrial procedure, motion practice, discovery, or the length of time it takes to get a lawsuit to trial. When faced with the emotions and costs of litigation, clients need a seasoned and experienced trial attorney who has been in the courtroom before. They need an expert who knows the judges and judicial staff and knows how the litigation process works¾not someone who is a novice or learning the craft at the client’s expense.

The accomplished Muskegon civil litigation attorneys at Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy pull from a broad base of experiences and have tried a wide variety of lawsuits in both state and federal courts. We have successfully litigated everything from complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, Uniform Commercial Code disputes, and bankruptcy and federal court cases, to probate and trust disputes, divorce and personal injury, and serious criminal cases. Experience counts, and our attorneys have it.

We utilize computers, iPads, projectors, and other media technology to best present our clients’ cases. Using the latest in modern technology allows us to better organize and better present our clients’ cases effectively, persuasively, and efficiently.

More importantly, our local Muskegon law firm understands the costs of a lawsuit, both emotional and financial. We collaborate closely with our client to assess the true objectives of a lawsuit and then work vigorously to achieve those goals and minimize the clutter and costs of unnecessary, ancillary disputes. While our “team” may not be large in terms of numbers, we are huge in experience and results.

Although resolution is always a goal, our ultimate goal is to serve our clients’ best interests. Therefore, if we cannot settle a dispute to our client’s advantage, we are willing to take the case to court. Furthermore, we are no strangers to appellate courts, having handled well over 75 appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Typical kinds of cases we handle include:

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Individual Contract Disputes
  • Protection of Employer’s Proprietary Rights Including Covenants Not to Compete and Non-disclosure Agreements
  • Business Torts
  • Employee Misappropriation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Defective Goods and Products
  • Sale of Goods
  • Domestic Relations
  • Environmental
  • Appeals
  • Minority Stockholder Squeeze-out and Oppression
  • Real Estate
  • Construction Liens and Disputes
  • Boundary Line Disputes
  • Commercial Condominium Disputes
  • Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant
  • Easement Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Water Law and Riparian Rights
  • Criminal Misdemeanor and Felony
  • Driver’s License Restoration

We understand that litigation budgets are often tight. We work with our clients from day one to establish budgets and discuss alternative fee agreements, contingent fees, fixed fees, value billing, and blended fee arrangements.