616.364.2100
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Location:     Grand Rapids, Michigan

Phone:         616-365-5081
                     866-755-7386 (Toll Free)

Fax:            616-364-2200

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James R. Oppenhuizen, a partner with the firm, focuses his practice in the area of Bankruptcy and Divorce. He is a native of West Michigan. Jim is a graduate of Calvin College and received his law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating cum laude . He is admitted to practice in the Michigan State Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Michigan and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Jim is also certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.

While in law school, he served as an Associate Editor of the Valparaiso University Law Review.

Scholarly Lectures:

Federal Bar Association bankruptcy conference:
     Treatment of Claims in Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcies (2014);
Bankruptcy Bootcamp:
     Responding to the United States Trustee (2014);
Ask The Lawyer:
     Bankruptcy Intakes (2014);
United States trustee Bankruptcy Bootcamp:
     Bankruptcy Intakes (2013);
Debtors Bar of West Michigan 2013 Seminar:
     Non-Dischargeability and the Michigan Building Contract Fund Act (2013);
Ask the Lawyer:
     Bankruptcy Chapter 7 & 13 (2013);
Grand Rapids Bar Association Ask the Lawyer:
     Bankruptcy (2012);
U.S. Trustee's Best Practice Seminar:
     Divorce and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy (2011);
Federal Bar Assocation Conference:
     Non-Dischargeability and Attorney Ethical Obligations in Adversary
     Proceedings filed in the Bankruptcy Court (2009)

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 13
  • Civil Litigation
  • Family Law
    • Divorce
    • Parenting Time/Custody
    • Spousal Support
    • Prenuptial Agreements

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D. cum laude - 2005
    • Law Review: Valparaiso University Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Calvin College
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Major: Philosophy

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Rising Stars, 2011
  • Michigan Rising Stars, 2012
  • Michigan Rising Stars, 2013
  • Michigan Rising Stars, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association- Young Lawyers Section, Chair (2012)
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Valpariso University School of Law Grand Rapids Council, Member
  • Grand Rapids Young Professionals, Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, 2012 Nominating Committee


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