OUR MISSION at Scholten Fant is to provide excellent legal services at a fair cost in a timely manner. The firm believes that adherence to this mission is the reason the firm has enjoyed long term relationships with many clients—some for nearly 50 years.

For over 50 years, Scholten Fant has been a pillar of the Tri-Cities and Ottawa County community. Scholten Fant values the relationships we have built with our clients and members of the community, and demonstrates our commitment by contributing our time and resources in support of local programs, events and organizations. Here is a brief listing of some of the organizations that our attorneys and staff support in our local community and in the greater West Michigan region.

  • Allendale Community Foundation

  • Boy Scouts of America — 

    • President Ford Field Service Council
    • Michigan Crossroads Council
  • Dentistry from the Heart

  • Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging

  • Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

  • Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

  • Grand Haven Schools Foundation

  • Grand Haven Main Street DDA

  • Grand Haven Rotary Club

  • Grand Haven Salvation Army

  • Greater Muskegon Catholic Schools Board of Education

  • Holland Township Recreation

  • Hospice of North Ottawa Community

  • Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

  • Lakeshore Senior Community Day

  • Loutit Foundation Fund

  • Michigan Audubon Society

  • Mike Herman Memorial Free Soccer Camp

  • Muskegon County Medical Control Authority Education Advisory Committee

  • Northwest Ottawa Chamber Foundation

  • Ottagon Addictions Rehabilitation

  • Saunders Family Educational Fund

  • Spring Lake Rotary Club

  • Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity

  • Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club

  • West Michigan Historical Alliances

  • Black River Charter School

  • Center for Women in Transition

  • Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg

  • Children’s Advocacy Center

  • Evergreen Village Housing Cooperation

  • Friends of Ottawa County Parks

  • Grand Haven Area Young Professionals Association

  • Grand Haven High School Drama Program

  • Grand Haven High School Hall of Fame

  • Grand Haven Public Schools —

    • Science Olympiad
    • Buc Boosters
    • Theater Program
    • Cross Country Program
    • Peach Plains Elementary PTA
    • Rosy Mound Elementary PTA
  • Junior Achievement

  • Lake Michigan Estate Planning Council

  • Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance

  • Love Inc.

  • MHSFCA – Muskegon Area Schools

  • Michigan Townships Association

  • Mona Shores Sailor Classic Golf Outing

  • Muskegon Squirt Booster Club

  • Oktoberfest Races – Partnership Sponsor

  • Ottawa County Workforce Development Board

  • Senior Resources

  • Tri-Cities Family YMCA

  • Tri-Cities Historical Museum

  • TCM Counseling

  • West Shore Dispute Resolution Centers


On Tuesday, May 21, 1957, Howard Fant entered Harvey Scholten’s office to determine whose name would appear first in their new law firm. As good lawyers, they wanted to follow a fair and just process. So they agreed that they should draw cards, with the person drawing the high card being named first on the letterhead. They also agreed that they should flip a coin to see who would draw first…

Howard Fant won the coin toss — Harvey Scholten drew the high card.

A few years later, Scholten and Fant hired a young attorney with an audacious goal. Neal Stanton wanted to help build a firm that could compete with the “big city” firms not only on price, but on the quality of professional legal services as well. Shortly thereafter, four more attorneys joined the firm, each determined to specialize in particular areas of the law. The fact that three of these five attorneys are still in active practice with the firm today, and that Neal Stanton passed away while in active practice with the firm, illustrates the stability and long-term commitment of the firm’s attorneys.

Today, as a result of steady growth, the firm currently employs 14 attorneys and approximately 13 support staff at our office located in Grand Haven. This size and diversity allows our attorneys to specialize in the areas of the law they are most interested in while, at the same time, permitting the firm to provide a full range of legal services to our clients.

Scholten Fant is presently the largest and oldest resident law firm in Ottawa County and services a full variety of clients including individuals, businesses, units of government and charitable organizations.

Even after 50 years, we still have that deck of cards, as well as our commitment to fairness, justice, and quality.