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McShane & Bowie Launches Family Law Group With the Addition of Jennie Boldish Bryan and Kyle Quinn

September 18, 2018

McShane & Bowie PLC is pleased to announce that Jennie Boldish Bryan and Kyle Quinn have joined the firm to launch its Divorce & Family Law Practice, adding to the business and corporate law, employment, real estate, litigation, and estate planning services the firm offers.

“The arrivals of Jennie and Kyle are a meaningful addition to McShane & Bowie,” said managing partner Michelle Anthes. “They use compassion, persuasion, negotiation, and aggressive advocacy to help clients successfully navigate sensitive life transitions. Consistent with the firm’s charitable and civic involvement, they also devote substantial time and energy to community activities. We are delighted to have them on the McShane & Bowie team.”

With a legal career spanning more than 32 years, Jennie Boldish Bryan handles divorce cases, child custody matters, and complex business valuation matters, as well as related issues, such as alimony, child support, hidden assets, and inherited or gifted assets. Her knowledge and tenacity in and out of the courtroom are well known in West Michigan, and she is often retained on a private basis to serve as a mediator or arbitrator in divorce and child custody disputes.

Jennie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a prestigious and highly selective group of lawyers considered experts in family law. She has held leadership roles in the AAML, the Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA), and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). In 2013, Legal Aid of Western Michigan honored her with the Michael Barnes Award for Pro Bono Service and West Michigan Woman Magazine featured her on its cover as a recognized leader and professional within the Greater Grand Rapids community.

Similarly, Kyle Quinn possesses experience across the range of family law matters, is highly regarded within the West Michigan legal community, and is a certified domestic mediator and trained domestic collaborative practice lawyer. He has held a variety of positions with the GRBA’s Family Law Section and served as the organization’s chair in 2015. In 2016, he was appointed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners as the family law attorney to the Kent County Friend of the Court Citizens Advisory Committee. Kyle has lectured on family law issues for the GRBA and ICLE and has written for the Michigan Family Law Journal and Practice Guide: Michigan Family Law (LexisNexis). He has been named to the list of Super Lawyers Risings Stars in Michigan for the last four years.

“McShane & Bowie’s people, platform, and vision make it a great fit for our practice,” Jennie said. “The firm is deeply committed to diversity, retains top talent, and has a reputation for delivering excellent client service and results.”


Two McShane & Bowie Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers; Two Recognized as 2018 Rising Stars

September 12, 2018

McShane & Bowie, PLC is proud to announce that attorneys James Bruinsma and J. Terrance Dillon have been selected to the 2018 list of Michigan Super Lawyers, and Thomas Hillegonds and Kyle Quinn have been named Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2018.  

  • Jim focuses on commercial and real estate litigation, as well as business and corporate representation that includes contract negotiation, land use and real estate development, employment matters, covenants not to compete, governance, and financial transactions.  
  • Terry has been named to the Super Lawyers list for eight consecutive years. His practice emphasis is on complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense, and he has tried approximately 100 jury trials through verdict.  
  • Tom works with clients of varying sizes on federal tax, estate planning, and general business matters. 
  • Kyle concentrates exclusively on family law matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, divorce, separate maintenance, property division, child support, spousal support, custody, and parenting time. 

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named Super Lawyers, while only two and a half percent are named Rising Stars.  

Selections for this list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters. The multi-phase selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, and a peer review.


McShane & Bowie Attorneys Awarded Best Lawyers©  and “Lawyer of the Year” Honors

August 15, 2018

We are delighted to announce that six of our colleagues have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for the Grand Rapids area.

Each year, Best Lawyers conducts a rigorous evaluation of client and peer reviews from leading attorneys in similar practice areas, along with additional information provided by law firms as part of a formal submission process. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

In addition, Brian Kersey and Ruth Skidmore each received Grand Rapids “Lawyer of the Year” honors in Banking & Finance Law and Real Estate Litigation respectively. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year,” which makes this recognition particularly significant. Best Lawyers selects these seasoned and accomplished attorneys on the basis of particularly impressive voting averages and peer review assessments.

Congratulations to all of our Best Lawyers honorees!


 

Welcoming Our New Managing Partner, Michelle H. Anthes!

July 10, 2018
McShane & Bowie is proud to announce a new management team under the leadership of new managing partner, Michelle H. Anthes. Michelle has been with the firm since 2005 and has shared her talents with the management committee for the last seven years. Michelle’s appointment marks the first for female leadership in the law firm’s 66-year history and the third generation of leadership for the firm.

Michelle H. Anthes will be joined on the management team by Wayne P. Bryan and James R. Bruinsma. This generation of talented lawyers will lead McShane and Bowie into a continued position of strength in our community and the diversifying world.

We are grateful for your relationship with McShane & Bowie. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any members of the new management team and please use the links on the Our Team page to learn more about each member of the new management team.

Read more in the Grand Rapids Business Journal – July 10, 2018