Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation

Labor & Employment Law

Kathleen L. Bruinsma

Member

Email: klb@msblaw.com
Phone: 616-732-5000
Fax: 616-732-5099

Kathleen Bruinsma represents business and nonprofit entities in matters of employment, land use, and domestic and international trademark.

Prior to joining McShane & Bowie, Kathleen practiced in the Chicago office of a London law firm, where, in addition to commercial and class action defense work, she handled contract and treaty matters for French-speaking clients. Before earning her law degree at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Kathleen served as a legislative director for the Boston Mayor’s Commission on Elder Affairs.

 

Bar Admission:

  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan 
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan  
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois 
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Honnors & Awards:

  • Floyd B. Skinner Social Justice Award, 2019

Education:

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Juris Doctor, 1997 
    • National Moot Court Team 
    • A. Harold Weber Moot Court Award 
  • Providence College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, 1992 
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society 

Professional Associations and Membership:

  • State Bar of Michigan 
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association 
  • Chicago Bar Association

Language:

  • French

Community Involvement:

  • Trustee, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Mentor, Grand Valley State University Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy
  • Community Liaison, Aquinas College Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Studies Center
  • Member, Alliance Francaise de Grand Rapids

Presentations

  • “One Person, One Vote: Achieving and Protecting Fair and Representative Elections,” June 2018, League of Women Voters Holland Area Chapter
  • “Class Action Trends under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” April 2000, Conference on Consumer Finance Law, Dallas, Texas
  • “The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act – Applicability to Creditors and Other Non-Third Party Collectors,” October 1999 Conference on Consumer Finance Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • “Class Action Lawsuits – A New Wave of Litigation Against Insurers,” October 1998, Shand Morahan & Co., Evanston, Illinois

Publications

  • “How the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Can Apply to Creditors and Other Non-Third Party Collectors,” 54 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 211 (2000)