Miller Johnson Again West Michigan's Top Estate Planning Law Firm in 2012

Miller Johnson captured the number one spot again on the Grand Rapids Business Journal's "Top Area Estate Planning Law Firms" list published in the Oct. 15 issue. Firms are ranked by the number of new West Michigan estate planning clients, based on 2011 numbers.

Miller Johnson, with eleven attorneys dedicated to estate planning in 2011 and 20 staff, added 614 new estate planning clients last year and billed more than 25,687 hours.

"It is really nice to be recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal for our hard work, but our measure of success is really based on client satisfaction rather than on numbers," said Carol Karr, chair of the firm's Probate and Estate Planning practice group. "Our focus is on working with our clients to accomplish their estate planning goals in a way that suits them and making them comfortable in the process."

This practice group is top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report in these three areas: (1) trusts and estates, (2) litigation – trusts and estates, and (3) tax law. The individual attorneys have received many honors including being Fellows of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel as well being listed as "Best Lawyers in America," and named as Michigan Super Lawyers.

The attorneys who comprise Miller Johnson’s Probate and Estate Planning practice group include:

+Carol J. Karr, chair
+Kathleen Aguilar
+Glen V. Borre
+Robert D. Brower
+Christopher L. Edgar
+Wendy Parr Holtvluwer         

+Raj A. Malviya
+Catherine C. Metzler (Kalamazoo office)
+J. Lee Murphy
+Laurie K. Murphy
+Richard J. Puhek
+Michael J. Taylor


The Grand Rapid Business Journal surveyed 189 firms and 21 responded. They define “West Michigan” as Allegan, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

Founded in 1959, Miller Johnson is a full-service firm providing legal counsel to businesses and individuals in areas such as business and corporate, employment and labor, litigation, employee benefits, family law, and estate planning. In November 2011, U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers awarded Miller Johnson with first tier rankings for 33 practice areas—the most of all law firms for the Grand Rapids metropolitan area.
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