William M. Azkoul

William M. Azkoul


Michigan Trial Attorney

William M. Azkoul specializes in personal injury law, complex commercial litigation, banking and credit union law, securities and alternative dispute resolution.


Education

Denison University (B.A. 1983); University of Detroit School of Law (J.D. 1986)


Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association- Treasurer (2015 – 2017)
  • Justice Foundation of Michigan (Fellow)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • American Inns of Court
  • Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) (2004 – present)
  • State of Michigan, Court-Approved Civil Court Facilitative Mediator (2004 – present)

Awards & Achievements

  • “AV - Preeminent Lawyer” peer review rating through Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and integrity
  • Peer selected for inclusion in Leading Lawyers, a listing of the leading lawyers limited to 5 percent of licensed attorneys in the State of Michigan
  • Contributing author and speaker for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys: The Perennial Topics of Civility and Collegiality in the Grand Rapids Legal Community, 2015-2016
  • Contributing author and lecturer for banks/credit unions: Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005; foreclosure, work-outs and debt recovery

  • Featured lecturer at Grand Valley State University, Personnel Administration – masters level course in Educational Leadership, presentations on Title IX and Interscholastic Athletics in Michigan
  • Appearance in Documentary Democracy in America, an educational media project on high school civics, for role as lead trial counsel for the Michigan High School Athletic Association in Communities for Equity v Michigan High School Athletic Association, et al., April 2002

Community Service

  • Board of Elders, Calvary Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2014-2017, Chairman 2000-2013
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association 3Rs Program, Instructor of Civics Education Program at Ottawa Hills High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2014 – present
  • Facilitative Mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan
  • Pro Bono Counsel for Legal Aid of Western Michigan


Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities

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Testimonials

“William is a detail orientated attorney who watches and recommends ways to alleviate extra expenses. He is a man of integrity and compassion and extremely trustworthy, a true gentleman and kind-hearted individual.” – PL