Attorneys

Melissa B. Heinz

November 21st, 2023 by Ima Admin

Education

Western Michigan University (B.A. summa cum laude 2018); Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (J.D. summa cum laude 2021); Executive Articles Editor of the WMU Cooley Law Review; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Janet T. Neff, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan (2020)

Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, member
  • State Bar of Michigan, member
    • SBM Young Lawyers Section, member
    • SBM Negligence Law Section, member
  • Federal Bar Association, Western Michigan Chapter, member
  • Woman Lawyers Association of Michigan, Western Region, Director at Large
  • Michigan Association of Justice
    • Executive Board Member
    • Women’s Caucus Treasurer
    • Leadership Academy Planning Board
  • American Association for Justice, member

Awards and Achievements

  • Ranked first in the Western Michigan University Cooley Law William Burnham Woods Class
  • Alumni Distinguished Student Award
  • Dawn C. Beachnau Award for best board member on WMU Cooley Law Review
  • Leadership Achievement Award
  • Phi Delta Phi, member

Community Service

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, 3Rs Faculty Member
  • Law Clerk by special appointment to the Attorney Grievance Discipline Panel in Attorney Grievance Commission v. Charron
  • Veterans Legal Clinic, West Michigan Veteran Assistance Program
  • Tenant Law Clinic, Urban League of West Michigan

Speaking Engagements

  • Cross Examining Police on Vehicle Black Box Data/EDR, Michigan Association for Justice 2023 Winter Summit on Litigation Strategies
  • Basics of Accident Investigation and EDR Black Box Data, SBM Negligence Section Annual Meeting 2024

 

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Jennifer M Anton

October 18th, 2023 by Ima Admin

Education

Wayne State University (B.A. cum laude 2019); Michigan State University College of Law (J.D. summa cum laude 2023)

Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, member
  • Michigan Association of Justice, member
  • Woman Lawyers Association of Michigan, Western Region, member

Awards and Achievements

  • Earned Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for the highest grades in Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law II.
  • American Bar Association NAAC Moot Court Competition, Regional Champion and Ninth Best Oralist
  • Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, Champion and Third Best Brief
  • Michigan State University College of Law Moot Court Competition, Finalist, Best Oralist, and Second Best Brief.
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Jean Ledwith King Scholarship
  • Dean’s List

Community Service

  • 3Rs Program, Ottawa Hills High School (Grand Rapids Bar Association)
  • Know Your Rights Day, Cass Technical High School (MSU College of Law)
  • Moot Court Judge (MSU College of Law)
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Melissa B. Heinz

September 6th, 2023 by Ima Admin

Education

Western Michigan University (B.A. summa cum laude 2018); Western Michigan University Cooley Law School (J.D. summa cum laude 2021); Executive Articles Editor of the WMU Cooley Law Review; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Janet T. Neff, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan (2020)

Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, member
  • Federal Bar Association, Western Michigan Chapter, member
  • Woman Lawyers Association of Michigan, Western Region, member
  • Michigan Association of Justice, member

Awards and Achievements

  • Ranked first in the Western Michigan University Cooley Law William Burnham Woods Class
  • Alumni Distinguished Student Award
  • Dawn C. Beachnau Award for best board member on WMU Cooley Law Review
  • Leadership Achievement Award
  • Phi Delta Phi, member

Community Service

  • Law Clerk by special appointment to the Attorney Grievance Discipline Panel in Attorney Grievance Commission v. Charron
  • Veterans Legal Clinic, West Michigan Veteran Assistance Program
  • Tenant Law Clinic, Urban League of West Michigan
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Laura B. Danielson

September 6th, 2023 by Ima Admin

Laura B. Danielson represents clients in Social Security Disability proceedings and specializes in legal research and writing with a focus on personal injury, automobile no-fault law, federal civil rights, and appeals.

Education

Central Michigan University (B.S. summa cum laude 2010); Michigan State University College of Law (J.D. summa cum laude 2013); Senior Articles Editor of the Michigan State Law Review; Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul L. Maloney, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan (2013-2015)

Professional Affiliations

  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Western Region Past President
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association – Former Young Lawyers Section Board Member
  • State Bar of Michigan – Former Law and the Media Committee Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • NOSSCR: National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

Awards and Achievements

  • Super Lawyers: Rising Star, 2022 and 2023
  • Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers, 2023
  • Author of Giving Teeth to the Watchdog: Optimizing Open Records Appeals Processes to Facilitate the Media’s Use of FOIA Laws, 2012 Mich. St. L. Rev. 981 (2014),
  • Author of Camera Shy and Unaccountable: The Constitutional, Statutory, and Democratic Ramifications of Police Seizing and Deleting Photos and Video Taken in Public.
  • Ranked first in the 2013 Michigan State University College of Law class; earned Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for the highest grades in Torts; Civil Procedure; Research, Writing, and Advocacy; Michigan Statutory Personal Injury Practice; Federal Jurisdiction; Basic Income Taxation; Federal Investigation and Prosecution; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; and Professional Responsibility

Community Service

    • Volunteer for Days for Girls International
    • Musician and librarian at Fifth Reformed Church
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Thomas J. Worsfold

September 6th, 2023 by Ima Admin

Thomas J. Worsfold specializes in personal injury litigation, automobile no-fault law, real estate law, appeals.

Education

Michigan State University (B.A. 2006); Marquette University School of Law (J.D. 2009)

Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association 
  • State Bar of Michigan – Character & Fitness District Committee
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Michigan Association for Justice

Awards & Achievements

  • 2021 Top Lawyer – Grand Rapids Magazine
  • Michigan Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars
  • National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) – Top 10 under 40 – Michigan
  • American Bar Association – NAAC Moot Court Competition, Regional Semi-Finalist
  • Marquette University Law School – Jenkins Honors Intramural Moot Court Competition, Quarterfinalist
  • Highest Grade in Legal Writing II
  • Dean’s List

Testimonials

“Thank you so much for your assistance and skill. I am truly amazed by the result you and your team achieved for me.” –NC

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Benjamin W. Mills

September 6th, 2023 by Ima Admin

Ben specializes in personal injury litigation, automobile no-fault law, commercial litigation, environmental law and product liability.

Education

Hope College (B.S. 1998); Indiana University (M.P.A. and J.D. 2003); Managing Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal.

Professional Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Association for Justice

Awards and Achievements

  • Named Top Lawyer – 2022- Grand Rapids Magazine
  • Selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” 
  • 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

Community Service

  • Pro Bono Counsel for Legal Aid of Western Michigan
  • Volunteer at Ada Bible Church
  • Active Supporter of Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation

Testimonials

“Thank you so much for all your help with my Uncle’s case. I appreciate all your time and hard work. You were always so willing to answer my questions . . . my sister-in-law [attorney] was impressed with your work and the great job you did too. Unfortunately, [he] still can’t walk without assistance and can’t transfer in and out of a vehicle so he’s confined to a wheelchair. The settlement will sure help him to be able to pay his portion of his assisted living facility”. – PG

“I believe this is the first time [he] has felt like someone from the legal field has taken the time to truly listen to what he has had to say and interact with him with relevant questions. We are both incredibly appreciative of your time and concern”. – MB

“Your assistance has helped me find some relief in the sense that I now can feel that [I] did not abandon my wife or accept without questioning a tragic outcome. Your support and professionalism was of great help to me, and I truly thank you.” – TF

“Ben, thank you for your kindness to Ron when this process all began.  Thank you also for walking me through the end of a very sad time. Your compassion was noted and your professionalism appreciated. Carol and Karen were also very patient, informative, and caring to me. I truly appreciate all of you making this difficult situation less painful”. – MK  (3/2021)

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