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Willis Law is dedicated to excellence in client service and we focus on providing exceptional results for our clients. As such, we are always looking for exceptional people that are committed to our same standards of excellence to join our growing team. It is this same dedication to excellence that has positioned Willis Law as one of the premier law firms in Michigan.

Though we expect nothing but the best from our staff, we provide nothing but the best in return. Since 2010, Willis Law has been named one of West Michigan's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. In 2016, our firm was also one of the Nation's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For.

Our attorneys and support staff are required to give back to their local community through the charities and boards they serve on. Willis Law encourages each attorney to tithe at least 10% of their time to Pro Bono efforts in support of our community commitment, including volunteering at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission Pro Bono Legal Services Clinic. Additionally, we maintain a positive work environment that fosters a healthy work-life balance, with top tier benefits packages.

Our attorneys and staff are committed to the Willis Law Core Values, and it's these values that set our firm apart. We maintain high standards of integrity and excellence by focusing on these foundational principles and keeping them at the core of everything we do.

Willis Law Core Values

We put our money where our mouth is – each of our employees, from top to bottom, are rated by all other employees on how they are meeting core values – bonuses are paid each year based on the results.

  • SERVICE TO OTHERS - Demonstrates caring and consideration for others, putting other's needs or desires ahead of oneself; treats others the way they appreciate being treated.
  • INTEGRITY/HONESTY/ACCOUNTABILITY - Adheres to a code of moral and ethical standards, is truthful in all things, and takes responsibility for actions.
  • EXCELLENCE - Results and behavior represent the standard to which others should strive.
  • DEPENDABILITY - Is dependable, adheres to scheduled work hours, is considerate of work needs in planning time off, consistently follows office policies and procedures, and exemplifies good work ethics.
  • PROFESSIONALISM - Demonstrates a professional attitude, appearance and approach, seeks personal and professional improvement, and initiates opportunities to improve contribution to the Firm.
  • EMPATHY/KINDNESS - Actively participates or engages in another's feelings or ideas.
  • COMMITMENT/DEDICATION/LOYALTY - Demonstrates an allegiance and faithfulness with a determination toward a common goal of attaining excellence in service; actively promotes the firm and its values.

Our team is our greatest resource - that's why we make a significant investment into their personal and professional development.

Assistant/ Paralegal


Our law office would not be as effective and precise as it is today without the help of our trusted team of paralegals and assistants. If you think you have what it takes to go above and beyond for both our clients and our law firm, we encourage you to send a cover letter along with your resume and references to info@willis.law.

Attorneys


We are continually looking for candidates possessing the values described above. We invite you to submit a cover letter describing your thoughts on our core values and how they apply to a career path with Willis Law, along with your resume and references, to info@willis.law.

Externs


We offer fall, spring and summer externships to students that have completed, at a minimum, one year of law school. Because of the high demand of law school students that apply to our program, our externships are unpaid. We provide our externs with the ability to gain hands-on experience in a premier law firm in Michigan. Our externs are highly involved in the firm; they are assigned cases, attend trial, meet with clients, attend depositions, prep cases for trail, draft court pleadings, draft motions, accompany our attorneys to court and trial, sit second chair in trials when the judge allows, and more. Here's what one of our externs had to say about his experience:

"I worked as an extern at Willis Law over the summer of 2014. My time at Willis greatly benefited the advancement of my legal career by giving me unique experiences far beyond what most of my fellow law students received in their first-year externships. Not only was I given meaningful assignments in a wide spectrum of practice areas, but I was assigned several pro-bono clients to manage and even had the opportunity to take my first case to trial. Whether I needed help from a founding partner, associate, or any of the excellent assistants and staff members, everyone at Willis was extremely helpful and always made time to mentor me. I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to spend my summer with such a professional and friendly firm."

If you are interested in applying for an externship, please send your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample to Mariko Willis, at mcwillis@willis.com. In your cover letter, please describe which core value resonates with you and why.

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The Opinions That Matter
  • Thomas F.

    I don’t doubt the quality of legal counsel I received!

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    I’m very satisfied.

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    All things went smoothly and as expected.

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    Totally exceeded my expectations!

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    Thank you!!

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    Your firm has been absolutely wonderful to work with.

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    Everyone at Willis was informative and knowledgeable.

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    Very professional and knowledgeable. Great to work with. Would highly recommend.

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    The staff is kind and professional.

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    Thanks for excellent, professional service!

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    We would definitely refer friends and return for other services.

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    Thank you!

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    Thank you for employing quality individuals to work with the public.

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    Well organized office and very nice people. Seamless!

  • Jay

    I can finally sleep at night and not worry.

  • Laura S.

    I want to thank Shaun Willis [for his] help to me with some family issues this Spring.

  • Kelley H.

    Michael Willis instills confidence

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    Michael J. Willis was so professional and the quality of his legal services are second to none.

  • Julia A.

    Mariko made me feel right at home from day one. She answered every question and really helped me.

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    Basically you folks did a slam dunk!

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    Meaghan and Patty were very helpful guiding me through this process

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    We were very impressed with your firm.

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    Mariko was professional and very kind and compassionate.

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    Michael was extremely knowledgeable and helpful!

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    Awesome to work with!

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    Extremely happy!

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    Professionally done.

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    I am very grateful for all Mr. Willis and his associates have done to help me!

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    I was very happy with our experience at Willis!

  • June P.

    Absolutely loved the personal yet very professional treatment!

  • John C.

    Greatly appreciate your professionalism and your courtesy.

  • Cindy S., Paw Paw, MI

    I am very thankful for Donald Smith for understanding what I was going through he really did an awesome job

  • Mustafa & Eddah, Kalamazoo, MI

    He worked on our case with integrity, dedication and excellence, by far exceeding our expectations and surprising us with in an ...

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    He was honest as his suggestions involved not having to use an attorney only as a last resort.

  • Brenda S.

    Michael and Michele were very professional and thorough, answering all of my questions.

Meet Our Legal Team

Helping You Achieve the Best Possible Outcome
  • Michael J. Willis J.D., C.P.A. Photo Michael J. Willis J.D., C.P.A. Photo
  • Shaun P. Willis J.D. Photo Shaun P. Willis J.D. Photo
  • Frank D. Willis J.D. Photo Frank D. Willis J.D. Photo
  • Donald H. Smith Photo Donald H. Smith Photo
  • Mariko C. Willis Photo Mariko C. Willis Photo
  • Samuel R. Gilbertson J.D. Photo Samuel R. Gilbertson J.D. Photo
  • Verelle  Kirkwood J.D. Photo Verelle  Kirkwood J.D. Photo
  • Kristyn  Meylenberg J.D. Photo Kristyn  Meylenberg J.D. Photo
  • Nick  Vogelzang Photo Nick  Vogelzang Photo
  • Adam  Knott Photo Adam  Knott Photo
  • Robin  Vleugel Photo Robin  Vleugel Photo
  • Michele  Guyman Photo Michele  Guyman Photo
  • Patty  Stickels Photo Patty  Stickels Photo
  • Nicole  Back Photo Nicole  Back Photo
  • Jennifer  Degroot Photo Jennifer  Degroot Photo
  • Kay  Davidson Photo Kay  Davidson Photo
  • Kerrie  Leclercq Photo Kerrie  Leclercq Photo
  • Michael J. Willis J.D., C.P.A. Photo Michael J. Willis J.D., C.P.A. Photo
    Michael J. Willis J.D., C.P.A.

    Managing Partner

    Michael Willis founded this firm with his brother, Shaun Patrick Willis. Their father, Hon. Frank D. Willis, Chief Judge for ...
  • Shaun P. Willis J.D. Photo Shaun P. Willis J.D. Photo
    Shaun P. Willis J.D.

    Managing Partner

    Shaun Willis, along with his brother Michael, is a co-founder and Partner of Willis Law. Willis Law has offices in Kalamazoo, ...
  • Frank D. Willis J.D. Photo Frank D. Willis J.D. Photo
    Frank D. Willis J.D.

    Chief Senior Counsel

    Frank D. Willis is the former Chief Judge of the Van Buren County Probate Court. He served in that role for 38.5 years, ...
  • Donald H. Smith Photo Donald H. Smith Photo
    Donald H. Smith

    Attorney/Partner

    Don was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1989. He attended Hope ...
  • Mariko C. Willis Photo Mariko C. Willis Photo
    Mariko C. Willis

    Attorney/Chief Operations Officer

    Mariko C. Willis is the Chief Operations Officer and an Associate at Willis Law. She is admitted to practice law in the state ...
  • Samuel R. Gilbertson J.D. Photo Samuel R. Gilbertson J.D. Photo
    Samuel R. Gilbertson J.D.

    Attorney/Partner

    Samuel Gilbertson has been with Willis Law since 2014. His practice areas include sports agency, civil litigation, estate ...
  • Verelle  Kirkwood J.D. Photo Verelle  Kirkwood J.D. Photo
    Verelle Kirkwood J.D.

    Of Counsel

    Verelle Kirkwood is an Of Counsel Attorney for Willis Law. His practice areas include Business Litigation, Social Security ...
  • Kristyn  Meylenberg J.D. Photo Kristyn  Meylenberg J.D. Photo
    Kristyn Meylenberg J.D.

    Of Counsel

    Kristyn T. Meulenberg is an Of-Counsel Attorney with Willis Law, who is based in Arizona. She practices in estate planning, ...
  • Nick  Vogelzang Photo Nick  Vogelzang Photo
    Nick Vogelzang

    Of Counsel Asbestos Litigation

    Nicholas Vogelzang, Of Counsel to Willis Law, has tried numerous asbestos lawsuits on behalf of families stricken with ...
  • Adam  Knott Photo Adam  Knott Photo
    Adam Knott

    Bookkeeper

    Adam Knott works in accounting for the firm, including both accounts receivable and accounts payable. Adam earned a ...
  • Robin  Vleugel Photo Robin  Vleugel Photo
    Robin Vleugel

    Receptionist

  • Michele  Guyman Photo Michele  Guyman Photo
    Michele Guyman

    Paralegal

    Michele Guyman is a Paralegal for the firm. She works in areas such as Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Probate, and ...
  • Patty  Stickels Photo Patty  Stickels Photo
    Patty Stickels

    Legal Assistant

    Patty Stickels is a Legal Assistant in the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate Practice. She has worked in the legal field for ...
  • Nicole  Back Photo Nicole  Back Photo
    Nicole Back

    Paralegal

    Nicole Back is a Paralegal for the firm, working in the areas of Family Law, Social Security Disability, and Civil ...
  • Jennifer  Degroot Photo Jennifer  Degroot Photo
    Jennifer Degroot

    Team Management Services Rep and Marketing & Property Management

    Jennifer DeGroot is a Team Management Services Rep and handles Marketing & Property Management for the firm. She also works ...
  • Kay  Davidson Photo Kay  Davidson Photo
    Kay Davidson

    Legal Assistant

    Kay Davidson is a Legal Assistant in the firm’s Estate Planning and Litigation Practice. She has worked in the legal field ...
  • Kerrie  Leclercq Photo Kerrie  Leclercq Photo
    Kerrie Leclercq

    Legal Assistant

    Kerrie LeClercq is a Legal Assistant for the firm. She works in the areas of criminal defense, driver’s license restoration, ...
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