James Sterken

Jim was raised in Grand Rapids, and after graduating from Union High School, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College in 1984 where he majored in Economics and Psychology. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top 4% of his class.

While at Cooley, Jim earned several awards including the Raymond Burr Award for Criminal Law and the Atticus Finch Award for Professional Responsibility.  He earned Certificates of Merit in Criminal Law, Contracts II, Workers Compensation, and Estate Planning.  

During law school, he volunteered his time at Michigan Court of Appeals, where he was a student law clerk for 2 judges. He also volunteered at the Kent County Defenders Office, providing legal representation for indigent defendants. His previous work experience includes seven years as a licensed financial consultant for a major NYSE firm, and several years as a Regional Manager for a multi-national pharmaceutical company.  He also owned his own boutique tax preparation service.

In his time with Rodenhouse Kuipers, Jim has achieved outstanding results for his clients in the areas of both civil law and criminal law. As a result, he has rapidly achieved partnership status in the firm. He has helped individual clients recover property, achieved substantial settlements for individuals as compensation for injuries in both automobile accidents and other scenarios, as well as settlements to compensate for damage to property.  He has successfully represented small businesses in both domestic and international disputes. In the area of criminal law, Jim has been able to consistently achieve results that exceed client expectations including dismissals of charges for both felonies and misdemeanors.

Jim became an attorney to help people solve problems, and understands it is a privilege to work with people concerning serious matters.  His broad experience gives him the ability to listen carefully and truly understand his clients’ situations. Jim practices in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, contract construction and analysis, and estate planning. He can help protect your family with prudent estate planning, help when you are injured or involved in a dispute, and help you to protect your rights if you or a loved one is charged with a crime.

 Jim will listen, understand, and carefully explain the available options to you.  He will pursue your goals as effectively and efficiently as possible, whether that requires a careful negotiation or aggressive representation in court.

678 Front Avenue, NW, Suite 176

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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