Benjamin A. Zainea

Attorney Grand Rapids, MI

I am rooted in a Harvey MacKay quote that my father often preached to me in my formative years: “The ten most powerful two-letter words in the English language are: If it is to be, it is up to me.” I rolled my eyes then, but the curiosity and motivation expressed by that adage rings true every time I’m serving a small, medium, or large business client.

In my spare time, I enjoy coaching and watching my children play youth sports, traveling with my wife, walking our dog, and following college and pro sports. A little-known fact about me: I participated in walk-on tryouts for the Michigan basketball team in 1993. Although my dreams of becoming the sixth member of the Fab Five did not become reality, Ray Jackson’s quip as I left the tryout – “good hustle, little man” – remains one of the highest compliments I have ever received.

Areas of Practice
Education

The University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1999

University of Michigan School of Business Administration
1996
Honors: With High Distinction Honors and Delta Sigma Pi

Professional Associations and Memberships

University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids
Board of Directors, President, 2005 – 2006

American Bar Association
Member – Franchise Section

State Bar of Michigan
Member

Grand Rapids Bar Association
Member – Business and Tax Section National

NFL Players Association
Certified Contract Advisor, 2007-2010

Senior Meals Program, Inc.
Board of Directors

Honors and Awards
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected for inclusion in Grand Rapids Magazine’s 2019, 2020 and 2021 Top Lawyers