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Randall L. Velzen Lawyer Profile

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Biography

Randall L. Velzen almost exclusively practices in the area of family law (including estate planning). Randy was one of the first attorneys in West Michigan to complete Collaborative law training through the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan ("CPIM"). He is the immediate past President of CPIM. In addition, Randy is part of the training team PRISM, LLC which trains professionals for Collaborative divorce. Randy is a founding member of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of West Michigan. In a Collaborative divorce, the parties and attorneys sign a contract committing to try to settle the case. All issues are settled prior to any court involvement. The primary benefit of Collaborative law is that from the onset of the divorce process all parties are committed to settling the case, rather than pursuing litigation. Only attorneys trained in the Collaborative process can handle a truly Collaborative case. Randy is of the strong conviction that this process of resolving marital disputes with dignity is usually a better and less damaging approach for the families involved. Randy is married to Laurie Velzen and they have adult two sons, Andrew and Benjamin.

Employment History

Member
April 2017 - Present Mika Meyers PLC
Shareholder
July 2010 - March 2017 Velzen, Johnsen & Wikander
Associate Attorney
July 1999 - July 2010 Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Sole Practitioner
July 1985 - July 1999 Sole Practitioner
Founding Member
July 1981 - July 1985 Napieralski Walsh & Velzen
Associate Attorney
July 1978 - July 1981 Murphy Burns & McInerney

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School
Year Graduated: 1978
JD Law
Calvin College
Year Graduated: 1975
Bachelors Philosophy

Awards & Certifications

Grand Rapids Bar Association
Year(s): 2011
Organization: President's Award
Recipient
Michael Barnes Exemplary Award for Contributions Toward the Provision of Free Legal Assistance to the Poor and Elderly in Western Michigan
Year(s): 2005
Organization: Legal Aid of Western Michigan
Recipient
AV Peer Review Rated
Year(s): 2005
Organization: Martindale Hubble
Recipient 2005-2014
Volunteer of the Year Easter Seals Michigan
Year(s): 1987
Organization: Easter Seals of Michigan
Recipient

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