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Ross A. Leisman

Grand Rapids MI

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Ross A. Leisman

Ross A. Leisman graduated from Calvin College in 1984, and with honors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988. Ross has served as chairman of the firm's Local Government Practice Group, has served on the firm's Management Committee and is a member of the Litigation Group. Ross specializes in civil litigation, land use and municipal law. He has served on several community boards, including the Kent County Building Authority, the Ada Township Planning Commission, the Ada Township Open Space Task Force, the Ada Christian School Board, the Grand Rapids Christian School Association Board of Trustees and the Grand Rapids Christian High School Board. He is a member of the Grand Rapids and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Michigan, and serves as a mediator for the Kent County Circuit Court.

Areas of Practice

Civil litigation
Municipal law
Commercial and Banking Litigation
Abatement of Nuisances and Injunctions
Ordinance Enforcement
Special Land Use, Rezonings and Site Condominiums
Zoning and Land Use Planning
Ordinance Review and Drafting
Open Meetings Act and Public Hearings
Water and Sewer Litigation
Foreclosure, Forfeiture and Title Litigation
Construction Disputes
Automobile Accidents
Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
Real Estate and Business Disputes
MLCC Hearings and Appeals
No Fault Law
Business and Personal Torts
Collections
Criminal Law

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: Cum Laude

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

Honors and Awards

Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Named by Best Lawyers in America as Grand Rapids' 2015 Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year

AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

Classes/Seminars 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

Professional Associations and Memberships

Kent County Building Authority

Ada Township Planning Commission, Chair

Grand Rapids Bar Association

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Ada Christian School Board

Grand Rapids Christian School Association Board of Trustees

Grand Rapids Christian High School Board

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