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Michael J. Willis Lawyer Profile

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Biography

A Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Willis Law, Michael Willis focuses primarily on the practice areas of business and corporate law, estate planning and administration, and estate and trust litigation.

Michael is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers and Leading Lawyers, is rated AV* Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Rating and has received numerous other recognitions for his legal excellence. Along with his brother Shaun Patrick Willis, he proudly carries on the family tradition begun by their father, Hon. Frank D. Willis, Chief Judge in Van Buren County.

Michael serves on the Board of Trustees, and is Co-President of the Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation, which provides college scholarships to children who have lost a parent, or whose parent was permanently disabled in a combat zone. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana. His wife, Susan, and their six children, are the lights of his life. Together, they attend St. Monica church.


Employment History

Partner
March 2004 - Present Willis & Willis PLC
Attorney
August 2002 - March 2004 Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett
Certified Public Accountant
January 1996 - January 1998 Arthur Andersen LLP

Education

The University of Michigan Law School
Year Graduated: 2000
JD
University of Notre Dame
Year Graduated: 1996
Bachelors Business Administration
Honors: magna cum laude

Awards & Certifications

President's recipient, Pro Bono Service Award
Year(s): 2009
Organization: The Florida Bar
For the Out of State (49 states) Judicial Court
Michigan Up and Coming Lawyer
Year(s): 2007
Organization: Michigan Lawyers Weekly
An award presented to only 6 of 40,000 attorneys in Michigan.
Selected in Rising Stars edition of Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine®
Organization: Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine®
2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 4.5 out of 5
Organization: Martindale-Hubbell®
This rating, according to Martindale, which has been rating lawyers for over a century, signifies that a lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skills and integrity.
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America
Organization: Best Lawyers®
Selected for inclusion in Michigan edition of Super Lawyers® Magazine
Organization: Super Lawyers®
2013, 2014
Marquis "Who's Who in American Law".
Organization: Marquis Who's Who LLC
2008, 2014

Bar Associations

The Florida Bar
November 2001 - Present
State Bar of Michigan
May 2001 - Present
Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Other Experiences

Certified Public Accountant

Other Affiliations

Lake Doster Development Co.
Secretary and Treasurer
Jack H. Kelly Farms, Inc.
President
Cpl. Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation
Co-President
Notre Dame Club of Kalamazoo
Committee Chair, former
Friends of the Portage Senior Center
Vice-President, former
Southwest Michigan Professional Network
Secretary, former
Christian Legal Society
Holy Cross College, Notre Dame
Board member
Vineyard Outreach Ministries
Board member, former

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