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Calder Plaza Building
250 Monroe Avenue N.W., Suite 100
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 616-459-7100
Fax: 616-459-6366
www.wuattorneys.com
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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
  • Aviation
  • Railroad Law
  • Business Law
  • Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Life Insurance
  • Appellate Practice
  • Environmental Liability
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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 130 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
ACE USA/ESIS, Inc.American Premier Underwriters, Inc.
Auto-Owners Insurance CompanyBristol West Insurance Group
Canal Insurance CompanyCOUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services
Farm Bureau Insurance CompanyFarmers Insurance Group
Foremost Insurance CompanyGreat West Casualty Company
Metropolitan Life Insurance CompanyOld Republic Insurance Company
Penn-America Insurance CompanyProgressive Michigan Insurance Company
Protective Insurance CompanyPrudential Insurance Company of America
Travelers Insurance CompaniesUnited America Indemnity Group
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Personnel Information
Firm Members
John M. Roels
Grand Rapids, MI
E-Mail:roels@wheelerupham.com
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1976
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1975
Born:1950
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Gary A. Maximiuk
Grand Rapids, MI
E-Mail:maximiuk@wheelerupham.com
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
Born:1951
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James M. Shade
Grand Rapids, MI
E-Mail:shade@wheelerupham.com
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1982
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Michigan, J.D. (cum laude), 1981
Born:1949
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Glenn L. Smith
Grand Rapids, MI
E-Mail:smith@wheelerupham.com
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1989
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1985
  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1989
Born:1963
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Michael J. TerBeek
Grand Rapids, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 2005
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2005
Born:1974
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Kenneth E. Tiews
Grand Rapids, MI
E-Mail:tiews@wheelerupham.com
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1976
Memberships:
  • American and Grand Rapids Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
Education:
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1973
Born:1948
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Jon J. Schrotenboer
Grand Rapids, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1982
Education:
  • Hope College, B.A., 1979
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1982
Born:1956
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Catherine M. Sullivan
Grand Rapids, MI
E-Mail:sullivan@wheelerupham.com
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1987
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1987
Born:1962
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Kevin M. Keenan
Grand Rapids, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 2008
Memberships:
  • American and Grand Rapids Bar Associations
Education:
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2008
Born:1967
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Jeffrey D. DenBraber
Grand Rapids, MI
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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