Ross A. Leisman

Attorney Grand Rapids, MI

I have practiced law at Mika Meyers for over 30 years and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. In addition to practicing law, I enjoy government, and in November of 2020, the voters elected me Ada Township Supervisor. Although balancing this role with my full-time job gets quite busy, it’s also fascinating, and I am thankful every day I get to practice law and govern in a township with amazing people.

When not engaged in law or government, I like spending time with my family and friends in Grand Rapids and at our cottage up north. I also relax by reading fiction, history, philosophy, and religion. Other hobbies include football, hunting, fishing, and running.

Areas of Practice
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1988
Education

The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988
Honors: With Honors

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1984
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: With Honors

Professional Associations and Memberships

Grand Rapids Bar Association

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Ada Township Supervisor
Elected November 2020

Ada Township Planning Commission
Former Long-Term Board Member/Chair

Kent County Building Authority
Former Long-Term Board Member/Vice Chair

Ada Christian School Board
Former Board Member/Executive Committee

Grand Rapids Christian School Association
Former Member Board of Trustees/
Long Range Planning Committee

Grand Rapids Christian High School Board
Former Board Member/Chair

Madison Square CRC
Former Deacon/Construction Committee Chair/
Legacy Board

Calvin University
Former Parent Council Board Member

Honors and Awards
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America
  • Named by Best Lawyers in America as Grand Rapids’ 2022 Municipal Law Lawyer of the Year and Grand Rapids’ 2015 Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected for inclusion in Grand Rapids Magazine’s 2019, 2020 and 2021 Top Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
Seminar Taught
  • Mr. Leisman is a frequent speaker on legal issues, such as:
  • Lecturer, “Social Work & the Law,” Grand Valley State University, 1995
  • Lecturer, “Enforcing Zoning Ordinances,” Spring Township Seminar, 1999
  • Lecturer, “Land Use Planning,” National Business Institute, 2000
  • Lecturer, “Battle of the Forms & Mold Liens,” National Tooling & Machining Association Meeting, 2001
  • Lecturer, “Valid Content, Procedure for Adoption and Enforcement of Township Ordinances in Michigan,” Michigan Township Association, Supervisors’ Meeting, 2006
  • Lecturer, “Planning & Zoning Legal Issues,” Siegfried & Crandall Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer, “Procedures for Adopting Master Plans, Ordinances and Resolutions,” Michigan Township Association Annual Meeting, 2008
  • Lecturer, “Municipal Law Update,” Siegfried & Crandall Seminar, 2008
  • Lecturer, “Update on the New Planning Act and Revisions to the Zoning Enabling Act,” Municipal Law Seminar, 2008
  • Lecturer, “The ABCs of Planning and Zoning,” Michigan Township Association Annual Meeting, 2009
  • Lecturer, “Fireworks Regulations,” MTA Annual Meeting, 2013
  • Lecturer, “Real Estate Law,” Calvin College, 2015
  • Lecturer, “Medical Marijuana Update,” Municipal Law Seminar, 2016