Ron’s practice is concentrated in the areas of local units of government and labor relations. Ron represents numerous municipalities throughout the western half of Michigan’s lower peninsula. He has extensive experience in advising legislative bodies, planning commissions, and zoning boards of appeal. In representing local units of government, Ron provides a full array of services, including advice on contracts, intergovernmental relations, land transfers, governmental powers and authority, land use and zoning, utilities, millage matters, the Open Meetings Act, and the Freedom of Information Act. In the area of labor relations, Ron represents both private and public sector employers. He has extensive experience in collective bargaining negotiations, grievance and interest arbitrations, unfair labor practice hearings, wage-hour matters, discrimination and harassment matters, discharge and discipline matters, and unemployment matters. Ron has received from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest AV Preeminent peer review rating.
Ron has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® and he was previously named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Grand Rapids Municipal Law “Lawyer of the Year.” (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). He has also been recognized by Leading Lawyers in the categories of governmental, municipal, lobbying and administrative law, as well as land use, zoning and condemnation law.
Memberships, Education, Community Activities, and Publications
American Bar Association and its State/Government and Labor and Employment Sections
State Bar of Michigan and its Labor and Employment and Public Corporation Law Sections
Ottawa County Bar Association
Calvin College, (Bachelor of Arts, 1976)
University of Michigan, (Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1978)