Areas of Practice

Real Estate

John H. Faris


Phone: 616-732-5000
Fax: 616-732-5099

Whether counseling national clients or single unit developers, John Faris brings a simple yet solution focused approach to practicing law. John’s experience is within real estate acquisitions, development, and disposition. Beyond real estate John is a well-rounded business counselor for both closely held and mature companies.

John’s path into the practice of law was not linear. John earned his bachelor degree from Colorado State University where he was also commissioned as Lieutenant in the United States Army. John’s military experience gave him valuable perspective because of often complex and high intensity operating environments. John left the military as a Captain and ventured into the corporate arena with a large e-commerce and logistics company based out of Seattle, Washington.

After entering into the private sector, John quickly realized attending law school would the best way to apply his past experiences. John attended an accelerated legal program at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating magna cum laude. After law school John worked for a boutique real estate firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan to later become in-house counsel to a privately held equity firm. John has spent most of his time as in-house acquiring, maintaining, and selling limited select service hotels.

Aside from working, John and his wife are dedicated parents and active within the Grand Rapids community. They can be found sailing, fishing, or exploring the best that Michigan has to offer.

Bar Admission:

  • Michigan


  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley law School, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude 2017
  • Colorado State University, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 2009

Professional Association and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Real Property Section