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I specialize in information technology acquisitions and many other commercial transactions. I draft new contracts, analyze existing contracts, negotiate new agreements, and advise decision-makers on how to achieve their business goals. My foundation is 34 years of experience as an in-house attorney for a Fortune 25 privately-held retailer. On June 10, 2014, I officially retired from my company to create a focused law practice that gives me the opportunity to leverage my expertise to benefit other corporate clients.

Education, Affiliations, Published Articles:

  • J.D., 1977, Notre Dame Law School. Articles Editor, Journal of Legislation. Admitted to the Michigan State Bar Association to practice law in 1977.
  • B.A., Hope College, 1974 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Member, Michigan State Bar Association and its Information Technology Law section
  • Associate Member, Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers
  • Past President, Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Rockford, Michigan
  • Author and co-author of various articles on Plain English published in the Michigan Bar Journal– links are at



Guiding Principles | Back to Top

  • I specialize in the legal analysis, negotiation, and documentation of information technology acquisitions and select corporate commercial transactions.
  • I will consult and collaborate with you to protect your interests and minimize the legal risks in accomplishing your business objectives.
  • I will draft your contracts in legally-binding “Plain English.” I’ve seen good lawyers draft contracts that are burdened by archaic legal jargon. This often creates ambiguity in what the parties intended. Good legal writing is an art, and I take pride in using clear and concise plain language.
  • My negotiation technique is “win-win.” I avoid burning bridges with the opposite side. I believe that any contract can be promptly negotiated in good faith between reasonable persons with common business objectives.
  • Law is an evolving profession. I strive to improve my professional knowledge through continuing legal education.
  • My Commitment: If I can’t add value to your proposed deal from a legal perspective, I will tell you  – so that you may make other arrangements. Our relationship must be mutually rewarding.



Practice Areas | Back to Top

Information Technology:

  • Hardware or Software Evaluation or Trial Agreements
  • End User License Agreements
  • Mobile App End User License Agreements
  • System Acquisition Agreements
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Application Service Provider (Software as a Service) Agreements
  • Technology Requests for Proposal or Information
  • Software Maintenance and Support Agreements
  • Hardware Maintenance Agreements
  • Hardware Lease Agreements
  • Software Escrow Agreements
  • Ecommerce Agreements
  • Web Hosting and License Agreements
  • Statements of Work

General Corporate:

  • Purchase Order Terms and Conditions (import, domestic, ecommerce)
  • Corporate Brand Purchase Agreements
  • Equipment Leases
  • Promissory Notes
  • Release and Settlement Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Financial Services Agreements (e.g., co-branded credit card, credit card processing, electronic checking, payroll cards)
  • Retail Demonstration Services Agreements
  • Distributor Agreements
  • Fuel Supply Agreements and Terminal Access Agreements
  • Commodity Supply Agreements
  • Sales Acknowledgments
  • Merchandising Services Agreements
  • Indemnity (Hold Harmless) Agreements
  • Guaranty Agreements
  • Advertising Agency Agreements
  • Corporate Sponsorship Agreements
  • Professional Services Agreements


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7825 Oakmont, NE
Rockford, MI 49341

Phone: (616) 951-3947
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