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October 21, 2014

Hammond Jonker Calley AmashBy Suzanne Sutherland

On Thursday, September 4, Hilger Hammond participated in the 2014 West Michigan Political Update at Stonewater Country Club. This luncheon was hosted through collaboration of three leading groups: the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM), and Associated Builders & Contractors – Western Michigan Chapter (ABC/WMC). The luncheon featured U.S. Representative Justin Amash, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, and State Representative Ken Jonker.  Ben Hammond moderated question and answer sessions with each speaker.    


Norm Brady, President of ABC/WMC, opened the event.  Ken Misiewicz, President of ASAM, introduced Lieutenant Governor Calley.  Calley thanked attendees for their investment of time and capital into Michigan’s economy.  He then discussed Michigan’s diverse comeback, during which the state has enjoyed private sector growth across all industries and two consecutive years of population growth.  In response to questions, Calley addressed the difficult political climate for reforming Prevailing Wage regulations and the need for road repairs.


Marcus Ringnalda of ABC/WMC introduced US Representative Amash.  Congressman Amash fielded questions on several current issues including Immigration reform, Common Core and his wish to provide states with more education policy control, immigration reform, and the lack of White House information regarding the extent of ISIS threats.  Amash also described his opposition to the Davis-Bacon Act.


Jeff Koster of CFMA introduced the final featured speaker, State Representative Jonker.  Mr. Jonker spoke about a variety of issues facing the district including an explanation of the origins of Common Core, as well as needed reforms of the No Fault Act and land banks.  


Tom Vandenbosch, President of CFMA, concluded the formal portion of the event with prayer before lunch was served.  This luncheon provided a valuable opportunity to members of the three organizations, facilitating connections on common political and business issues.

 



October 13, 2014


Hilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that Stephen Hilger and Ben Hammond have been named “Super Lawyers” for 2014 by Super Lawyers magazine.

 

This is Stephen Hilger’s ninth recognition by Super Lawyers.  He is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country.

 

Ben Hammond is being recognized for the second year by Super Lawyers this year.  A significant portion of Ben’s practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. Ben Hammond’s clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Ben’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation. 

 

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The magazine names exceptional attorneys annually in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process that begins with peer nomination. Once an attorney has been nominated they are then evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement through a third-party researcher.

 

Hilger Hammond, P.C. provides a broad array of legal services to the construction, real estate and business communities.

September 29, 2014

Three West Michigan professional service firms have partnered together to present the West Michigan Construction Industry Forum, October 2, 2014, at Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids. 

 

Hilger Hammond joins forces with Beene Garter and Hub International to deliver exceptional educational opportunities to firms and professionals in the construction industry. The Forum has assembled an outstanding group of speakers who will provide timely, practical and relevant information in a variety of key areas impacting the operations of design and construction firms. Emphasis will be placed on topics in the particular areas of accounting, insurance and the law.

 

Ben Hammond will partner with Brad Poggi of Hub International and Ann Plummer of Beene Garter to present “Joint Ventures – Friends with Benefits…and Liabilities.”

 

Aileen Leipprandt will present “Negotiation Skills – Gaining the Edge Without Falling Off the Cliff.”

 

Steve Hilger will present “Constructions Liens and Payment Bonds”. Hilger will also partner with Mike Poggi of Hub International and Steve Johnson of Beene Garter to present “Anatomy of a Claim – Strategies for Anticipating and Avoiding Claims.”

 

September 29, 2014

Attorney Benhamin HammondAttorney Benjamin Hammond Achieves the AV Preeminent Rating – the Highest Possible Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Hilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that Attorney Benjamin Hammond has achieved the highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability. 


The rating denotes adherence to professional standard of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. Those who meet the “Very High” criteria of General Ethical Standards, are then evaluated on Legal Ability, which consists of performance in legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience.


A significant portion of Hammond’s practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. Hammond’s clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Hammond’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation.


Hilger Hammond attorneys Stephen Hilger and Aileen Leipprandt also maintain the AV Preeminent Rating.  Hilger Hammond, P.C. provides a broad array of legal services to the construction, real estate and business communities. Some services include preparation and negotiation of complex multi-party construction agreements, defending and pursuing construction defect, and working with delay and lien claims.

 

 

June 25, 2014

Attorney Ben HammondBen Hammond was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors for the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM).  The ASA’s board members make rules, formulate policies and establish programs of the Association. Hammond will serve a second three-year term.


American Subcontractors Association of Michigan  is the local chapter of the 5,500-member American Subcontractors Association. When you join ASAM, you automatically become a member of ASA. The mission of ASAM is to provide services and benefits to subcontractors, suppliers and service providers to help their business become more successful.


A significant portion of Ben Hammond’s practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. Ben’s clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.  The remainder of Ben’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation.

June 9, 2014

Mark Rysberg Hilger HammondAttorney Mark Rysberg was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects’ Grand Rapids Chapter. As part of his participation, Rysberg serves as the Professional Affiliates Director.


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architectural profession, dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value, and improving the quality of the built environment. As AIA members, more than 77,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners in designing express their commitment to excellence and livability in our nation's buildings and communities. 


Rysberg practices in the areas of commercial litigation with an emphasis on serving the construction, real estate and business industries. Having worked in the commercial construction and real estate industries for over ten years before practicing law gives Mark added insight working with his clients as a business advisor and legal advocate.

May 21, 2014

Hilger Hammond is proud to be a sponsor of the Grand Rapids Bar Association Annual meeting.   New officers and trustees were introduced to the membership during the meeting. This year’s meeting took place on May 15, 2014, at the City Flats Hotel Ballroom in downtown Grand Rapids. This is the first year the event was held at the City Flats Hotel Ballroom.


The theme for the evening was “Celebrating the Roaring 20’s”.  Hilger Hammond was pleased to be a sponsor of the event, contributing jazz music by the Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet.  Musicians included our own Steve Hilger, Steve Talaga, Evan Hyde, John Gist and Elgin Vines. 


Ben Hammond serves as trustee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association. Members vote in trustees for 3-year terms.  Ben is continuing to serve his 3-year term helping manage the affairs of the Association.

May 19, 2014

Aileen LeipprandtAileen Leipprandt was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Construction Financial Management Association, Western Michigan Chapter. 


The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the educational needs of today's construction financial professionals.


Leipprandt practices in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers. Leipprandt has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act.

April 29, 2014

Grand Rapids construction law attorney Ben Hammond  will present  “BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation”, for the Associated General Contractors of America, in Chicago, Illinois, on May 2, 2014.


Hammond’s presentation will include information on BIM contracts, contract liabilities, project delivery systems, model intellectual property rights, insurance and surety bonding issues, as well as risk allocation and management.


A significant portion of Ben’s practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. Ben’s clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Ben’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation.

April 17, 2014

Hilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that attorney Stephen Hilger has been named Adjunct Professor of Law at Cooley Law School teaching Construction Law.


Hilger’s law practice focuses on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. 

February 19, 2014

Stephen HilgerHilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that attorney Stephen Hilger has been selected as a Leader in the Law in the State of Michigan. To be selected as a Leader in the Law, leaders must demonstrate a high level of success in the legal profession, a passion for the law and to serve their clients and the community, and a record of achievements that displays strength of character and the ability to be a leader in the Michigan legal community.  Stephen and 29 other leaders in the law will be honored at an honors luncheon in March.


Stephen A. Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country.


Steve is also involved in extensive contract preparation and review, including contracts in the construction industry, material purchase orders, vendor agreements, documents involving the Uniform Commercial Code, licensing agreements, and multiple other commercial contracts and related documents.

February 3, 2014

Steve HilgerGrand Rapids construction law attorney Steve Hilger will present  “Construction Liens and Bonds” for the Associated Builders and Contractors, Western Michigan Chapter, on March 6, 2014.  The lunch meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan.


Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. He is also involved in extensive contract preparation and review, including contracts in the construction industry, material purchase orders, vendor agreements, documents involving the Uniform Commercial Code, licensing agreements, and multiple other commercial contracts and related documents. 

January 13, 2014

Attorney Ben HammondBen Hammond will present “Casualty Insurance – Beyond the Basics” on Thursday, January 16, 2014, for the CFMA and Consumers Concrete in Kalamazoo.


Casualty Insurance - Beyond the Basics
Thursday, January 16, 2014
CFMA and Consumers Concrete
3508 South Sprinkle Road, Kalamazoo
Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Presentation at 8:00 a.m. 

Click here for more information and to register. 


Casualty Insurance – Beyond the Basics 


Additional Insured coverage is the cornerstone to a good risk management program and is often misunderstood.  Insurance and legal issues can be described the same way a pilot can explain their job:  “Hours of boredom interrupted by moments of terror.”  That is why it is best to plan ahead and make sure that you have a quality contractual risk transfer program. In this session you will learn what the key issues are when naming an entity an additional insured or when requiring your company to be named as an additional insured.  Additional Insured language can apply to ongoing work, completed work or both.  Blanket additional insured endorsements can leave upstream parties uncovered.  Find out how you can be sure your organization handles this key risk management issue properly.   Ben Hammond will discuss actual additional insured endorsements in current use and provide real life examples of legal issues created by additional insured endorsements.

January 9, 2014

Aileen LeipprandtAileen Leipprandt will present “Legal Review – Who’s Bad” at the National Association of Women in Construction, Chapter 194, on February 12, 2014.

 

NAWIC’s core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry and, thus, advance the causes of all women in construction, from tradeswomen to business owners.


Aileen practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers. For the past 20 years, she has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act. Aileen assists clients with transactional and litigation needs, including contract review, preparation, and negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation.

January 9, 2014

Aileen Leipprandt will participate in the presentation “90-Minute Law School”, at the 2014 West Michigan Housing & Construction Summit, presented by DTE Energy and the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM.  The educational event offers multiple sessions for residential builders, contractors, realtors, architects, designers and retail professionals in the building industry.

 


Aileen practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers. For the past 20 years, she has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act. Aileen assists clients with transactional and litigation needs, including contract review, preparation, and negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation.

January 2, 2014

Ben Hammond Attorney Grand RapidsBen Hammond of Hilger Hammond and Steve Alles of Windemuller Electric hosted the Contractor Quizbowl for the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan, December 11, 2013 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, Michigan. 


Teams were asked rapid-fire questions ranging from legislative and legal topics, as well as questions on current events.  Prizes were awarded to the team with the highest score.

December 4, 2013

Stephen HilgerSteve Hilger recently spoke with construction management students at Ferris State University on November 26, 2013.  Hilger shared his construction law knowledge and experience on the topic of liens and waivers.

October 22, 2013


Stephen Hilger Construction AttorneyAileen Leipprandt  and Steve Hilger were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Construction Law. 


Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law, has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. Steve is also involved in extensive contract preparation and review including contracts in the construction industry, material purchase orders, vendor agreements, documents involving the Uniform Commercial Code, licensing agreements, and multiple other commercial contracts and related documents.

Aileen Leipprandt

 

Aileen Leipprandt practices in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers. Leipprandt has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act.



October 4, 2013

Grand Rapids Construction LawyerHilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that Stephen Hilger, Aileen Leipprandt and Ben Hammond have been named “Super Lawyers” for 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine.


This is Stephen Hilger’s eighth recognition by Super Lawyers.  He is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country.


Aileen Leipprandt is being recognized by Super Lawyers for the fourth year in a row.  She practices in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers. Aileen has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act.


Ben Hammond is also being recognized by Super Lawyers this year.  A significant portion of Ben’s practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. Ben Hammond’s clients are representative of all parties Construction Lawyer West Michiganinvolved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Ben’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation. 

 

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The magazine names exceptional attorneys annually in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process that begins with peer nomination. Once an attorney has been nominated they are then evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement through a third-party researcher.



Hilger Hammond, P.C. provides a broad array of legal services to the construction, real estate and business communities.

September 16, 2013

Hilger Hammond Leipprandt RysbergHilger Hammond, PC is excited to announce the celebration of its 5th anniversary as a law firm.  What started in 2008 as a one-person office quickly grew as founding member, Steve Hilger, partnered with Ben Hammond and later Aileen Leipprandt to develop a firm with a special niche in construction law. 


As the firm expanded, it purchased and later built out the second floor of the Minhaar Building in downtown Grand Rapids, adding office space and conference rooms to accommodate its rapid growth and addition of lawyers and staff. 


The secret to Hilger Hammond’s success?  CEO Steve Hilger would say it’s all about putting the right people in the right seats on the bus.  Hilger Hammond has followed this philosophy in assembling a team of individuals with broad and deep experience in serving the needs of the construction industry.  With a specific focus on construction law, complex commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation services and related real estate and business law, Hilger Hammond has distinguished itself as a leader in the provision of legal services to the construction community.  Hilger Hammond is active in the community with its lawyers serving on boards and committees of trade group associations, the local bar association and non-profit agencies.  

September 16, 2013

Steve Hilger to speak at CASHEWest Michigan Construction Lawyer Steve Hilger will deliver the presentation “BIM: Raising the Accountability Bar” to the Central Arizona Society for Healthcare Engineering in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 9th, 2013. 


Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. 

August 19, 2013

Hilger Hammond, along with two other West Michigan professional service firms have partnered together to present the West Michigan Construction Industry Forum. The event will take place on September 26, 2013 at Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids.  


Beene Garter, Hilger Hammond, PC and Pinnacle Insurance Partners have joined forces to deliver exceptional educational opportunities to firms and professionals in the construction industry. The Forum has assembled an outstanding group of speakers who will provide timely, practical and relevant information in a variety of key areas impacting the operations of design and construction firms. Emphasis will be placed on topics in the particular areas of accounting, insurance and the law.
Participants will learn about the latest trends that may affect their business and receive updates on topics of ongoing interest. The goal of the Forum is to provide a unique learning opportunity with many breakout sessions to choose from.

June 7, 2013

Aileen LeipprandtHilger Hammond is pleased to announce that attorney Aileen Leipprandt has been selected as a Leader in the Law in the State of Michigan.  To be selected as a Leader in the Law, leaders must demonstrate a high level of success in the legal profession, a passion for the law and to serve their clients and the community, and a record of achievements that displays strength of character and the ability to be a leader in the Michigan legal community.  On March 21, Aileen and 29 other leaders in the law were honored at a luncheon in Troy, Michigan.


Aileen has a focused practice in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law.  She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers.  “Aileen is a highly-experienced and well-trained advocate for the construction industry who has served in both a public and private capacity in representing players from all sectors of the industry,” says partner Steve Hilger.  For the past 23 years, Aileen has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Contracts, Green Building, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act. 

May 1, 2013

Mark Rysberg, Hilger Hammond, PCHilger Hammond is pleased to announce that attorney Mark Rysberg has been admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Mark focuses his practice in commercial litigation, supplemented by ten years of experience in the commercial construction and real estate industries. He brings this depth of knowledge to his clients, providing both business and legal advice.  

April 15, 2013

Steve Hilger will present  “Top 10 Contract Killers” at the Construction Financial Management Association, Western Michigan Chapter, on April 25, 2013.  The lunch meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Stonewater Country Club in Caledonia, Michigan.


Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. He is also involved in extensive contract preparation and review, including contracts in the construction industry, material purchase orders, vendor agreements, documents involving the Uniform Commercial Code, licensing agreements, and multiple other commercial contracts and related documents. 

April 9, 2013

Stephen HilgerSteve Hilger will present  “Clearing the Path Towards a Successful Project”, at the Building Envelope Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The Symposium will be presented by the Building Construction Technology Education Center, a division of StructureTec. 

 

Discussion will be held on all components of a project from conception through post-construction sustainability and will provide pointers on risk mitigation through the various stages. For more information on the Building Envelope Symposium, go to https://www.bctec.org/

March 7, 2013

Mark Rysberg Hilger Hammond, PCHilger Hammond is pleased to announce that attorney Mark Rysberg was sworn into the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was sworn in on January 28, 2013 before U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin Drain.

 

Hilger Hammond routinely handles Federal Court matters and Rysberg’s ability to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan will expand their capacity to represent clients in the Federal Court system.

 

Mark focuses his practice in commercial litigation, supplemented by ten years of experience in the commercial construction and real estate industries. He brings this depth of knowledge to his clients, providing both business and legal advice.  

 

February 12, 2013

Steve HilgerSteve Hilger, attorney and partner with the law firm, Hilger Hammond, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Associated Builders and Contractors, West Michigan Chapter (ABC). Mr. Hilger's appointment to the board is an acknowledgement of his role as a sought-after advisor to the construction industry. 

 

Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. 

February 7, 2013

Aileen LeipprandtHilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that attorney Aileen Leipprandt has been selected for inclusion into the 2013 Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. This will be the second year that Ms. Leipprandt has received this honor, which is exclusively reserved for women attorneys who have received the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from their peers.  Less than 5 percent of women lawyers have been recognized with an AV Preeminent Rating.

 

Aileen has a focused practice in the area of construction law and related litigation, including contract review, preparation, and negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers.

 

 “Aileen is a highly-experienced and well-trained advocate for the construction industry who has served in both a public and private capacity in representing players from all sectors of the industry,” says partner Steve Hilger.

 

For the past 20 years, Aileen has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act.

January 15, 2013

Aileen LeipprandtWest Michigan Construction Lawyers Aileen Leipprandt and Steve Hilger  will deliver the presentation “Litigation and Building Information Modeling  to the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering in Chesterfield, Missouri, on January 16, 2013.  The presentation will include information on building information modeling, integrated project delivery and the top 20 contract clauses. The program has been designed to permit attendees to qualify for 3 Learning Units through the American Institute of Architects.

 

Steve HilgerAttorney Leipprandt practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers.

 

Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. 

January 7, 2013

Hilger Hammond Construction LawWest Michigan Construction Lawyers Aileen Leipprandt, Steve Hilger and Ben Hammond will deliver the Legal Review 2012 “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, at the Constructions Specifications Institute Grand Rapids Chapter, January 10, 2013.

 

 Attorney Leipprandt practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers.

 

Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. 

 

Ben Hammond is routinely engaged in construction law and complex litigation. Ben’s clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Ben’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation. 

December 17, 2012

Hilger Hammond Construction LawHilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that the firm has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 edition of U.S. News –  “Best Law Firm”.

 

The Tier 1 ranking is determined through a firm’s overall evaluation, which is derived from a combination of clients’ impressive feedback, and the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice area have for the firm.

 

Hilger Hammond, P.C. provides a broad array of legal services to the construction, real estate and business communities. Some services include preparation and negotiation of complex multi-party construction agreements, defending and pursuing construction defect, and working with delay and lien claims.

 

December 3, 2012

Stephen HilgerStephen Hilger was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in the field of Construction Law for the sixth consecutive year.

 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

 

Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country. 

 

Hilger is also involved in extensive contract preparation and review, including contracts in the construction industry, material purchase orders, vendor agreements, documents involving the Uniform Commercial Code, licensing agreements, and multiple other commercial contracts and related documents. 

November 27, 2012

Aileen Leipprandt was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in the field of Construction Law. 

 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

 

Leipprandt practices in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers. Leipprandt has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act.

November 15, 2012

Ben HammondBen Hammond with Hilger Hammond, PC, has been recognized as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” in 2012.
Up & Coming Lawyers are Michigan attorneys who have been practicing for 10 years or less, but who have already distinguished themselves in some manner and appear poised for even greater things. Ben Hammond, along with 19 others, will be recognized at an award ceremony that will take place December 6, 2012, at the Detroit Marriot Troy, and the winners will be profiled in Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

 
A significant portion of Hammond’s law practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. His clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Hammond’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation.  Being a business owner himself helps Hammond relate to the challenges his clients face every day.


Hammond is a member of the Western Michigan Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association board, professional affiliate director of the American Institute of Architects-Grand Valley Chapter and a trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.
He is also involved in a number of West Michigan volunteer activities including the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan, Associated General Contractors of America, State Bar of Michigan Legal Advisory Committee, Habitat for Humanity, Renucci Hospitality House and the West Michigan Construction Advancement Forum.

November 13, 2012

Steve HilgerHilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that Stephen Hilger and Aileen Leipprandt have been named “Super Lawyers” for 2012 by Super Lawyers magazine.

 

This is Stephen Hilger’s seventh recognition by Super Lawyers.  He is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country.

 

Aileen Leipprandt is being recognized by Super Lawyers for the third year in a row.  She practices in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers. Aileen has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act.

 

Aileen LeipprandtSuper Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The magazine names exceptional attorneys annually in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process that begins with peer nomination. Once an attorney has been nominated they are then evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement through a third-party researcher.

 

Hilger Hammond, P.C. provides a broad array of legal services to the construction, real estate and business communities.

November 5, 2012

Aileen Leipprandt

 

 

West Michigan Construction Lawyer Aileen Leipprandt will deliver the 2012 Legal Review “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, at the National Association of Women in Construction Grand Rapids Chapter #194, November 14, 2012.

 

Attorney Leipprandt practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers. For the past 20 years, she has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act. Aileen assists clients with transactional and litigation needs, including contract review, preparation, and negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation.

 

Get more information about this event at:  http://nawic194.org.

November 1, 2012

 Ben HammondGrand Rapids, Michigan – November 1, 2012- Benjamin Hammond has been named to the Michigan Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Michigan for 2012.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.


Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

 

The Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to superlawyers.com.

 

Hammond’s practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. Hammond’s clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Ben’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation. 

 

 

October 29, 2012

 Steve Hilger and Aileen Leipprandt recently spoke at the 2012 West Michigan Design and Construction Expo, an event hosted by the Builders Exchange of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute. The event was held October 25, 2012.

 

Aileen LeipprandtHilger and Leipprandt presented “IPD and BIM, Getting Teams and Systems to Play Well Together”, addressing the age-old challenge of getting construction project stake holders to act as a team.  With the increased use of building information modeling  (BIM), construction professionals are working together earlier and more closely than ever.  The presenters identified design and construction contract obligations impacted by the combined use of the IPD and BIM, offering practical insights on the pros and cons of the new project delivery model (IPD) and information sharing tool (BIM).

October 16, 2012

 

Ben HammondBen Hammond with Hilger Hammond, PC, has been recognized in the 2012 class of “40 Under Forty” by The Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Attorney Ben Hammond, along with 39 other business leaders in West Michigan under the age of 40, were honored at an October 16th reception and featured in a special Business Journal supplement. The awards acknowledge up-and-coming leaders who are providing “business and community leadership and making a difference.”

After becoming a partner at his former law firm, Hammond made the leap with Steve Hilger to form the law firm Hilger Hammond, PC.  A significant portion of Hammond’s law practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. His clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Hammond’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation.  Being a business owner himself helps Hammond relate to the challenges his clients face every day.

 

Hammond is a member of the Western Michigan Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association board, professional affiliate director of the American Institute of Architects-Grand Valley Chapter and a trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

 

He is also involved in a number of West Michigan volunteer activities including the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan, Associated General Contractors of America, State Bar of Michigan Legal Advisory Committee, Habitat for Humanity, Renucci Hospitality House and the West Michigan Construction Advancement Forum.

September 25, 2012

Steve Hilger Michigan Construction LawyerSeptember 25, 2012 — Grand Rapids construction law attorney Steve Hilger will speak about BIM – Raising the Accountability Bar for Building Performance, at the BIMForum in Tacoma, Washington, October 10, 2012.  

 

With the power of BIM and data rich modeling, owners can track their building’s operations, including electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other subsystems.  Armed with concrete information, owners can measure energy use and LEED compliance.  BIM raises the accountability bar for building design, construction and performance. 

 

Hilger’s presentation will examine how BIM’s results-based direction of design and  construction will impact key contract obligations,  and how BIM affects the design professional standard of care, produce and contractor warranties, the statute of limitations and direct and consequential damages provisions.

 

Get more information about this forum at:  http://bimforum.org/

 

 

 

September 7, 2012

Steve Hilger Grand Jazz FestHilger Hammond Hammond Helps Jazz Fest Start on a Good Note

When Grand Rapids resident Audrey Sundstrom and a group of jazz aficionados decided to bring a jazz festival to West Michigan, they found they were going to need some legal advice to get started.  They called Steve Hilger, attorney and leader of The Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet. Organizers approached Hilger Hammond about setting up a non-profit corporation with 501(C)(3) tax exempt status. Throughout the year, Ben Hammond donated his time and services to help set up a non-profit organization and assist with other legal issues related to the festival.

 

With the help of Hilger Hammond and other sponsors, GrandJazzFest 2012 was able to offer free admission to all.  The August 18th event, held at Rosa Park Circle, was a smash hit with its West Michigan audience.

August 13, 2012

Ben HammondGrand Rapids construction law attorney Ben Hammond to speak about Insurance Coverage for Construction Defect Claims at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference in Orlando, FL,  November 13, 2012.

 

Construction defect claims are typically complex from the causation, legal and insurance coverage perspectives, which makes them particularly difficult to assess, investigate and settle. 

 

Hammond’s presentation will examine the key insurance coverage issues that arise in construction defect claims, from both subcontractor and additional insured perspectives.  Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of the issues that must be resolved and the insurance coverage available for construction defect losses and the protocol to follow in the event one occurs.

 

Get more information and register for this conference at:  http://www.irmi.com/conferences/crc/default.aspx

August 3, 2012

Aileen LeipprandtHilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that attorney Aileen Leipprandt has been selected to participate in the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Women and Minority 2012 Fellowship for the next three years. The Forum selects a very small number of Fellows nationwide.  Aileen was chosen for her experience in construction law and her proven leadership skills.


The American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry is the largest organization of construction lawyers in the United States and abroad.  The Forum’s leadership has initiated a fellowship program for women and minority construction lawyers with the goal of introducing the Forum to women and minority construction lawyers and drawing these lawyers into the ranks of active, long-term members. The Fellowship includes opportunities for professional development, leadership and mentoring. 


Aileen practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers. 


For the past 20 years, Aileen has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act. Aileen assists clients with transactional and litigation needs, including contract review, preparation, and negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation.  

July 5, 2012

Hilger Hammond, PC is proud to sponsor the GRandJazzFest scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Rosa Park Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. This free one-day event will feature jazz artists with Michigan ties. 

 

We are most proud to announce our own Steve Hilger will be part of the festival line-up! The Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet plays versions of jazz standards as well as original works.  Steve Hilger, who heads up the band and plays guitar, has been a folk, blues and jazz singer-songwriter since the mid 1970’s. He will be joined by John Gist on sax, Steve Talaga on keys, Randy March on drums and Charlie Hoats on fretless bass, with special guest appearances by Paul Brewer on trombone, Chris Lawrence on trumpet and Rob Mulligan on percussion.

 

GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences.  Attendees can enjoy music, support local businesses and visit other Grand Rapids attractions. And GRandJazzFest is free!

 

For more information on the GRandJazzFest, visit http://grandjazzfest.org.

May 24, 2012

Attorney Ben HammondGrand Rapids, Michigan – Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hilger Hammond, PC, is pleased to announce the election of Benjamin H. Hammond as Trustee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association. Hammond will serve his term starting on July 1, 2012, adding his experience as an attorney and business owner to the strategic direction of the Grand Rapids Bar.

 

A significant portion of Hammond’s practice concerns construction law where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. His clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, from owners, to design professionals, to general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. The remainder of Hammond’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, corporate and business law, and commercial litigation.

 

As a committed member of the construction industry, Ben frequently writes and speaks on construction related topics including contracts, liens, and legal issues for architects and design professionals. He also serves as a board member for the local chapters of the American Subcontractors Association and the American Institute of Architects, and adds his expertise to a variety of legal advisory committees.

 

About Hilger Hammond, PC


Hilger Hammond, PC, is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and focuses on legal matters related to construction, complex and commercial litigation, real estate, and business law.  

May 10, 2012

Stephen A. Hilger to Provide Michigan Lien and Bond Webinar for Wisconsin Credit Association May 15th


The program will review the structure of the Michigan Construction Lien and Public Bond Acts, and will provide a practical roadmap of the notices and requirements which control the lien and bond enforcement process in Michigan.  Attendees will learn about time sensitive filings, the forms to use, and how to avoid common pitfalls. 

 

The goal of the program is to give a working understanding of how to integrate the lien and bond notices into project administration and how to ensure that liens and bond notices are timely filed.  The program will also cover priority disputes between lenders and lien claimants, contractual clauses that can impact lien enforcement, a review of lien and bond enforcement litigation, and a discussion of how an owner or contractor bankruptcy can impact lien or bond enforcement. 

 
This program will provide an understanding of how lien and bond claims can assist in receiving payment for services and materials. The program is designed for anyone in the construction industry.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Grand Rapids, Michigan – April 16, 2012 - Attorney Mark Rysberg, with Hilger Hammond, PC, is among the contributors to a new book titled “Lawyers as Economic Drivers: The Business Case for Legal Services.” 

 


The book focuses on what lawyers mean to American economic productivity and welfare.  Contributors are leading lawyers who lead and influence law firms, corporate-counsel offices, agencies and other legal-
service providers.  Rysberg’s contribution includes a section on “Measuring the Value of an Ounce of Prevention.”

 

Rysberg’s work in commercial construction and real estate for more than a decade before practicing law, gives him added insight into the value of legal services to clients in those fields. The perspective gained from those
experiences form the foundation of his practice.  He and other members of his firm represent corporate and individual clients in everything from simple lien and bond claims to complex multi-party construction-defect disputes. 

 

Hilger Hammond, P.C. provides a broad array of legal services to the construction, real estate and business communities.

Ben HammondHilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that attorney Ben Hammond has been honored as one of Michigan’s Outstanding Young Lawyers.

 

A significant portion of Ben’s practice concerns construction law, where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. Ben’s clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Ben’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation.

 

“Ben is extraordinarily talented and an exceptionally bright pillar of the Hilger Hammond team. We are proud of all of his accomplishments including this one,” says partner, Steve Hilger.

 

Ben received his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.  He is a frequent author and lecturer on construction law related topics.

 

Hilger Hammond, P.C. provides a broad array of legal services to the construction, real estate and business communities.

March 27, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN  – Hilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that attorney Aileen Leipprandt has been selected for inclusion into the 2012 Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. This is an honor exclusively reserved for women attorneys who have received the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from their peers.  Less than 5 percent of women lawyers have been recognized with an AV Preeminent Rating.

 

Aileen practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers.

 

“Aileen is a highly-experienced and well-trained advocate for the construction industry who has served in both a public and private capacity in representing players from all sectors of the industry,” says partner Steve Hilger.

 

For the past 20 years, Aileen has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act. Aileen assists clients with transactional and litigation needs, including contract review, preparation, and negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation.

 

Hilger Hammond, P.C. provides a broad array of legal services to the construction, real estate and business communities.

March 26, 2012

architectBen Hammond will be presenting “Legal Issues Facing Architects Today”  to the American Institute of Architects, Southwest Michigan Chapter. The presentation will be held on March 29, 2012, at 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the offices of Diekema Hamann , 612 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 

Course Description:  Topics that affect architects on a daily basis, such as:

  • Top ten owner revisions to your contract
  • Legal issues with BIM
  • Bidding errors and recent case law update
  • Statute of limitations, why the recent change is so important and will save you money

The presentation is free to all current AIA members plus guest. RSVP to Karl Kowalske of Diekema Hammann by Monday, March 26.

March 20, 2012

Attorney Ben Hammond and Mike Cosgrove, president of PCIA, will be presenting “Top Ten Contract Clauses – Deal Breakers and Deal Makers.”  to the American Institute of Architects, Grand Valley Chapter. The presentation will be held on March 23, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at FSU/GRCC Applied Technology Center, Grand Rapids.

 

Course Description:  The contracts you are asked to sign come in many variations.  Understanding the key contract clauses will help you ascertain whether a contract can be signed as is or needs to be modified to adequately and fairly manage your risk.  Participants will review the most important contract clauses in an interactive format and discuss how the wording in each could make the contract a deal maker or deal breaker.



  • Learning objective #1: Understand the key principles of risk transfer in contracts.
  • Learning objective #2: Understand what contract clauses are most important and need careful review.
  • Learning objective #3: Understand how the wording of the most important contract clauses can make a contract a deal maker or deal breaker.
  • Learning objective #4: Understand how the most important contract clauses can be modified to adequately and fairly manage risk.

 


The presentation is free to all current AIAGV members and students. Non-AIAGV members cost will be $15.

Presentation:  Top Ten Contract Clauses – Deal Breakers and Deal Makers

Presented by:  Ben Hammond, Attorney, Hilger Hammond, PC

                      Mike Cosgrove, President, PCIA

Event Date: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Event Type: Lunch & Learn Presentation

Event Location: FSU/GRCC Applied Technology Center (Room 130), 151 Fountain Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

February 28, 2012

Stephen HilgerWednesday, March 14, 2012, Stephen Hilger will be presenting to the ASA Michigan General Membership Meeting, "Builders Trust Fund Act: A Tool to Get Paid? A Way to Pay Twice? Or Both?"

 The meeting will be held on March 14th at 7:00 a.m. at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. There will be a buffet breakfast and the presentation will begin at 7:30. The reservation deadline is Monday, March 12th by noon. To register, go to http://asamichigan.net.

February 21, 2012

An article written by Ben Hammond was published by American Institute of Architects, Grand Valley Chapter. The article titled,"SB 77 Restores Two Year Statute of Limitations", discusses Senate Bill 77, which is now known as Public Act 162.   This bill addressed a significant change in the law that occurred in 2006 when the Michigan Supreme Court decided Ostroth v Warren Regency.

Public Act 162 now specifically clarifies that an action against a design professional arising from the rendering of professional services is subject to the two year statute of limitations. The new law takes effect January 1, 2012, and will apply to causes of action that accrue after that time.

The full article can be found at aiagv.com.

January 17, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – November 1, 2011 – Hilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that Stephen Hilger and Aileen Leipprandt have been name “Super Lawyers” for 2011 by Super Lawyers magazine. Additionally, Benjamin Hammond has been named a “Rising Star”.


This is Stephen Hilger’s sixth recognition by Super Lawyers.  He is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country.


Aileen Leipprandt practices in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers. Aileen has been a lecturer and author on many topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act.


Ben Hammond adds his experience in construction law and litigation to the firm. Ben received his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law and represents owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and others related to the construction industry in matters ranging from contract review to mediation, arbitration and litigation. Ben is a frequent author and lecturer on construction law related topics.

Super Lawyers
is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The magazine names exceptional attorneys annually in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process that begins with peer nomination. Once an attorney has been nominated they are then evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement through a third-party researcher.

December 27, 2011

The program will review the structure of the Michigan Construction Lien and Public Bond Acts, and will provide a practical roadmap of the notices andrequirements which control the lien and bond enforcement process in Michigan.

 

You will learn about time sensitive filings, the forms to use, andhow to avoid common pitfalls. The goal of the program is to give you aworking understanding of how to integrate the lien and bond notices into your project administration and how to ensure that your liens and bond notices are timely filed.


The program will also cover priority disputes between lendersand lien claimants, contractual clauses that can impact lien enforcement, areview of lien and bond enforcement litigation, and a discussion of how an owner or contractor bankruptcy can impact lien or bond enforcement. This Program will provide you with an understanding of how lien and bond claims can assist you in receiving payment for your services and materials. The program is designed for anyone in the construction industry.

 
Presenter Stephen Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. He has tried many cases inmultiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts, U.SDistrict Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals acrossthe country. Steve is also involved in construction industry contract preparation and review. In addition, he is routinely involved in negotiation of transactions and agreements, as well as pre and post litigation mediation. The remainder of Steve's practice involves in depth participation and the making of recommendations for business decisions and business strategies, as well as assisting in regulatory compliance and promoting and developing best practices.


To register, go to the Business Credit Management Association website.

December 27, 2011

Hhilger Hammond Law Firm

Original published in Rapid Growth Innovation and Job News
By Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

After experiencing considerable growth in the last three years, law firm Hilger Hammond decided it was time to expand its offices into the full 2,700-square-foot second floor of the Minhaar Building in downtown Grand Rapids.

Hilger Hammond partner and founder Steve Hilger says the company has grown from a one-person shop in 2008 to seven people this year, including four attorneys. The firm seeks to add an accountant in 2012. Hilger says it's important to hire a person with skills, but more important to get the right personality fit.

"Whoever we hire needs to be able to fit within our environment because we have a cohesive team environment," Hilger says. "We want people who get along with everybody and contribute to the team. We don't have many defined roles. I might argue in the Supreme Court in the morning and take the garbage out in the afternoon."

Hilger Hammond purchased the second floor of the building at 49 Monroe Center NW where it had already occupied a suite. The renovation resulted in what Hilger calls a "high cool factor" created by accenting the loft space and its high ceilings with light-hued woods and an emphasis on lighting.

"There are some very cool things happening around here -- the UICA building near us, the whole entertainment district on Ionia with HopCat and others," Hilger says. "Cooley Law on Commerce Avenue has completely redeveloped and changed that neighborhood. I've been here 22 years and watched the city change from semi-blighted and blighted to what it is now. We're committed to staying here and being part of the community."

Source: Steve Hilger, Hilger Hammond
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

December 8, 2011

Mark Rysberg, AttorneyAn article by Hilger Hammond attorney Mark Rysberg, was published in the September 2011 issue of Michigan Banker.  The article, titled "Whose Money Is It Anyway - Avoiding Hidden Liability When Lending to Contractors", discusses risks for lenders when lending to the construction industry.  

Rysberg practices in the areas of commercial litigation with an emphasis on serving the construction, real estate, and business industries. Having worked in the commercial construction and real estate industries for over ten years before practicing law gives Mark added insight into how to work with his clients as a business advisor and legal advocate.

November 15, 2011

Attorney Aileen Leipprandt was elected to the Board of Directors of the Grand Rapids Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. (NAWIC)


NAWIC’s core purpose is “To enhance the success of women in the construction industry” and, thus, advance the causes of all women in construction, from tradeswomen to business owners.

October 28, 2011

Ben Hammond of Hilger Hammond, PC, and Mike Poggi of Pinnacle Insurance Partners, will present "Casualty Insurance - Beyond Basics" at the General Membership Meeting of the Western Michigan Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association, scheduled for January 26, 2012.

The meeting will be held at Stonewater Country Club located at 7177 Kalamazoo Avenue in Caledonia, Michigan.  Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

November 9, 2011

November 9, 2011 – San Diego, CA—Stephen A. Hilger, Construction Law Attorney, to speak about Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference in San Diego, CA,  November 13 -17, 2011.

 

Integrated Project Delivery, or “IPD”, is an attempt at solving the age-old problem of picking the right players who can function together as a team to deliver a quality construction project. However, IPD presents some very interesting contract and legal issues for the construction and insurance community.

 

Hilger’s presentation will provide a basic overview of IPD, including how it is structured, how the project risks differ from other project delivery methods, and the legal ramifications and obligations associated with an IPD contract.

 

Get more information and register for this conference at:  http://www.irmi.com/conferences/crc/speakers/hilger.aspx

 

About Hilger Hammond, PC

Hilger Hammond, P.C. is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and focuses on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law. 

September 14, 2011

On September 14, 2011, Hilger Hammond will present “I Didn’t Sign a Contract…Now What?” during the general membership meeting of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM).

General membership meetings are held at 7:00 a.m. at the Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive, Hudsonville, Michigan. Members and prospective members are welcome.

June 14, 2011

Rachel Hammond, Special Projects Coordinator for Hilger Hammond, recently published an article in the Building Profits Magazine. The article, “Sustaining Employee Engagement: Racing Toward the Future” , discusses ways to engage employees, which can lead to higher sales, productivity and retention.

 

Hammond leads research and implementation of marketing, process improvement, and client relations with Hilger Hammond, PC.

May 27, 2011

Stephen A. Hilger, Construction Law Attorney, to speak about Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference in SanDiego, CA,  November 13 -17, 2011.


Integrated Project Delivery, or “IPD”, is an attempt at solving the age-old problem of picking the right players who can function together as a team to deliver a quality construction project. However, IPD presents some very interesting contract and legal issues for the construction and insurance community.


Hilger’s presentation will provide a basic overview of IPD, including how it is structured, how the project risks differ from other project delivery methods, and the legal ramifications and obligations associated with an IPD contract.


Get more information and register for this conference at:  http://www.irmi.com/conferences/crc/default.aspx

May 26, 2011

Benjamin Hammond, of Hilger Hammond, PC, has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan.


A significant portion of Hammond’s practice concerns construction law where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. His clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, from owners, to design professionals, to general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. The remainder of Hammond’s practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, corporate and business law, and commercial litigation.


The American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM) provides services and benefits to subcontractors, suppliers and service providers that help their businesses become more successful.

May 27, 2010
By Deborah Johnson Wood
Rapid Growth Media

Hilger Hammond has been in growth mode since its founding 20 months ago, and the firm's founder says it is poised for even more growth.

Steve Hilger founded Hilger Law in September 2008 and since then has brought attorney Ben Hammond aboard as a partner, changed the name to Hilger Hammond and added two more attorneys and a legal assistant.

The firm recently purchased the entire second floor of 49 Monroe Center, where, until a few months ago, it only leased a second-floor suite. Hilger's plan is to put in five more offices and a conference room to accommodate anticipated growth.

"This is your classic example that small business is where job creation starts," Hilger says. "Over the last year and a half we've gone from one person to six (including a full-time contractor), which is pretty phenomenal job creation. It's a great example of jobs growth, and we didn't get any stimulus money to do it."

Hilger says the firm's focus on construction law is a driving force behind the growth.

"We all do work in the construction area," Hilger says. "We're trying to separate ourselves from the others through active commitment – we are actively involved in the construction industry."

As an example, Hilger cites his position as co-chair of the legal advisory committee of the Associated General Contractors, where Hammond and another company attorney, Aileen Leipprandt, are also board members. Hilger says the firm is also actively involved in the Associated Builders and Contractors, American Subcontractors Association and the Construction Financial Managers Association.

"We're making sure we have the right people in the right seats on the bus," he says. "I got that from a book called  Good to Great (Jim Collins) and I've decided to implement it. We're trying to make that work and obviously it is."

 

May 11, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FSU/GRCC Applied Technology Center, Room 130
151 Fountain Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

During the May 27th Lunch and Learn program, Ben Hammond will present on “Top Ten Legal Issues Facing Design Professionals" and will cover the following: Licensing concerns, key contract provisions, contract forms, statute of limitations and statute of repose, bid protests, non-payment issues, LEED, BIM, shop drawings, IPD, insurance. 

March 11, 2011

Grand Rapids Chapter of CSI
Builders Exchange of Michigan
West Michigan Design & Construction Expo

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Evaluating The Rights, Wrongs and Responsibilities in Construction Competitive Bidding

As in most businesses, in the construction industry, details matter.  In times like these, more scrutiny than ever is given to the private and public bidding process, a process generally fraught with last minute number crunching and hurried analysis.  During this interactive seminar, design professionals, construction managers, general contractors and subcontractors will learn about their potential liability in light of new Michigan case law regarding the competitive bid process and assessment of “responsible bidder.”  Participants will gain a better understanding of the rights of disappointed bidders in Michigan, what a responsive bid is or is not, how material omissions may affect a bid, how to handle bid mistakes, potential liability for interference with the bidding process, bid evaluations in a world of “best value” contracting, and the fundamental tenets of a bid protest. 

March 11, 2011
National Association of Women in Construction - Chapter 194
April 13, 2011

Hilger Hammond will be feature presenters during NAWIC's Construction Appreciation Night.  The presentation will include a variety of construction topics.
February 25, 2011

 

Avoid the Road Bumps When Working out of State

Presented by the West Michigan Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association

Topics to be discussed:

  •  Liens
  •  Licensing 
  • Taxes 
  • Employment issues and more

 

Speakers:

  • (Attorney) Steve Hilger of Hilger & Hammond
  • (CPA) Dallas Packer of Crowe Horwath
  • (Contractor) Dan DeJager of DeJager Construction

Who should attend? 

  • Company Executives, Accounting staff, Project Manager 

Cost:

  • $25.00 per attendee (Continental Breakfast provided)


Location:

  • Pinnacle Center

Tentative Schedule:

            Registration     7:30 – 8:00 AM

            Seminar           8:00 – 11:00 AM

               

3/30/2011
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Firm: Hilger Hammond, Grand Rapids

Title: Attorney

Education: University of Florida, bachelor’s degree in chemistry, 1979; Case Western Reserve University College of Law, J.D. 1982

Years in law: 28

Specialty: Construction law and complex commercial litigation



Stephen Hilger is dedicated to serving clients in construction — a hard-hit industry currently facing unique challenges.

Hilger is co-chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Michigan chapter of the Associated General Contractors and is an active board member of the Associated Subcontractors of America. In 2008, after 17 years with a large firm, he started his own firm, which specializes in construction law.

 

What made you want to practice law?

Before and during college, I was absolutely convinced that I was going to be a doctor. … After taking the MCATs and after getting past the first level of admissions procedures, I decided for a variety of reasons that I did not want to become a doctor.

I then rekindled an interest in the practice of law primarily because of a family lineage involving many very successful lawyers. My grandfather was a famous criminal defense lawyer in Germany whose claim to fame arose when he defeated the Third Reich in various war crime allegations against the defendants he represented, which rewarded him with a year-and-a-half stay in jail.

The law has always interested me, and it provides an opportunity for continuous academic stimulus.

 

Why did you choose your particular specialty?

Coming through law school, I first anticipated working in a combined area of law and medicine, and even entertained getting both degrees. However, as a law clerk in Cleveland, I had the opportunity to work on some tax litigation involving George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees. The whole process of commercial litigation fascinated me.

In 1982, within the first week of practicing law, the senior partner dropped a file on my desk that dealt with collecting an unpaid contract amount in the multiple millions for the construction of the Epcot Center in Orlando. I had the dubious honor of informing the client that his lien rights had expired and he no longer would be able to perfect the lien against Epcot.

The client appreciated the honesty and then gave me another large case involving a hospital renovation project in Winter Haven, Fla. I ended up taking that case through trial and prevailing. He then gave me a number of other cases, as did other clients. The construction practice then started to grow significantly.

 

What is the biggest challenge for your profession?

The biggest challenge I see for the legal profession is providing value to clients. It is important for a lawyer to understand, at least in a business context, that they are essentially a business consultant who really needs to provide advice to their clients that provides a value added result in the client’s business. Many lawyers lose sight of that fact.

Lawyers also need innovation; that is the ability to see things in a new or creative way. Many lawyers get stuck on solving problems the same way they have for many years, which prevents them from changing with the times. Lawyers also need to focus on becoming better communicators. …

Specifically with respect to construction law, the biggest challenge in today’s market is helping clients make the right decisions in order to stay in business in this down economy.

 

What is the biggest opportunity?

The biggest opportunity for lawyers is to become a major player in any given industry. There is a lot of opportunity to participate in the organizations of their choice and to give back to some degree to the community. Too many lawyers do not give back or only participate to a small degree. Becoming a player is about developing relationships, which can only occur if the lawyer is willing to make a commitment. …

Another opportunity is the flexibility to do other things in life besides the practice of law. The construction law and complex commercial litigation practice has provided personal satisfaction to me because it gives me the opportunity to meet many different people in many different walks of life, and it also provides me an outlet for the academic stimulus I need.

 

What is the best advice you have ever given a client?

It seems as though some of the best advice I have given is when a client should not file a lawsuit or not engage in certain activities that they are intending. I have spent a great deal of my professional life working on ADR and resolution procedures that may be slightly different than the norm in an effort to stave off the high cost of litigation.

February 5, 2011

Ben HammondBen Hammond will speak at the American Institute of Architects, Grand Valley Chapter, February 10, 2011, giving an overview of Consensus Documents. 

A significant portion of Ben's practice concerns construction law where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation.  Ben's clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, from owners, to design professionals, to general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The remainder of Ben's practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, corporate and business law, and commercial litigation.

 Date:     Thursday, February 10, 2011

 Time:     6:00 p.m. - Social

               6:30 p.m. - Program

 Cost:      Free for CSI GR Members; $15 for Non-Members

 Place:   The Pinnacle Center, Hudsonville, MI

 Register by Thursday, February 4, 2011, via:

- E-mail to ptdejong_csi@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

January 18, 2011

Mark Rysberg, AttorneyGRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 14, 2011 – Hilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that Mark Rysberg joins Hilger Hammond, PC as an Associate. Rysberg  is a graduate of Cooley Law School, graduating Cum Laude, and holds a BS degree in Building Construction Management from Michigan State University.


Prior to law school, Rysberg was the director of Four Points Development, Inc. where he was involved in overseeing and managing construction and real estate development projects as part of a closely-held investment group. Rysberg was also managing partner of Rysberg Holdings, LLC, a real estate development company focusing on the acquisition, construction and development of multi-family properties. Rysberg currently holds a Michigan Builders License.


“Mark is and will be a continuing asset to Hilger Hammond. He brings with him a broad range of experience in construction as a result of over ten years in the real estate development and contracting industry,” says attorney Stephen Hilger.

January 18, 2011
Stephen Hilger was a presenter at "Bond Boot Camp" on Wednesday, January 18, 2011, held at Pinnacle Insurance office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Topics Hilger presented included payment and performance bonds, bid bonds, warranty bonds, lien transfer bonds and indemnity obligations.
March 2, 2011
Steve Hilger will be presenting on March 2, 2011, at the Western Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association. 

Topics include:  Liens, Licensing, Taxes, Employment issues and more.

 Also presenting are Dallas Packer of Crowe Horwath and Dan De Janger of DeJager Construction.
November 12, 2010

In its November 8, 2010 edition, Michigan Lawyers Weekly featured Stephen Hilger in the column entitled "On The Stand". Reporter Douglas J. Levy reports on Hilger's law practice and wide array of interests outside of the practice, including his work as a landscape photographer, his talants as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for The Steve Hilger Band, and his archery skills which landed him a role in the "The Weather Man" with Nicholas Cage. 

The full article is available at www.milawyersweekly.com.

October 25, 2010

Though battered by an unprecedented economic downturn, the construction industry nonetheless continues to see emerging legal issues presented by Integrated Project Delivery, a collaborative-based project delivery model, and Building Information Modeling, a process of electronically modeling nearly all aspects of a construction project.  Stephen Hilger and Aileen Leipprandt co-presented on these issues at the educational meeting of the Central Arizona Society for Healthcare Engineering on September 14, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona to 100+  engineers, construction professionals and facility managers.   

''Hilger discussed the potential benefits and hurdles presented by various levels of collaborative based project delivery including the challenges in allocating risk, contract drafting considerations, and an analysis of the standard construction industry form contracts developed to address IPD , such as ConsensusDOCS 300 and AIA 2008 IPD contracts -- C195, C196, and C197.  

''Leipprandt outlined liability exposure presented through use of Building Information Modeling, the impact of BIM upon a construction professional’s standard of care, and standard construction industry form documents, such as the ConsensusDOCSs 301 (BIM Addendum) and AIA E202 (BIM Protocol). 





10/14/2010

Construction Legal Issues Related to LEED

**Learn about LEED certification challenges, potential decertification, the latest claims, impacted contract clauses, state and federal tax incentives/credits, insurance ramifications and more on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 9-11 a.m., at the AGC of Michigan.
    
*Background, Michigan Projects Pursuing LEED, Contractor Input
          Moderator Paul Jacob, The Christman Company, Lansing 

*Standard Construction Clauses Affected by Green Building, Standard of Care Issues, Consensus DOCS
          Aileen Leipprandt, Hilger Hammond, Grand Rapids

*Federal and State Tax Incentive/Credits and Legislative Update
          Angie Acosta, Grant Thornton, Southfield

*Insurance Issues and Best Practices
          John Hurley, Marsh USA

Additional information about this informative session and registration can be accessed here.

10-14-2010

**Hilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that Stephen Hilger and Aileen Leipprandt have been named “Super Lawyers” for 2010 by Super Lawyers magazine. Additionally, Benjamin Hammond has been named a ‘Rising Star’.

 

This is Stephen Hilger’s fifth recognition by Super Lawyers. He is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law.

 

 Aileen Leipprandt practices in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, and suppliers.

 

Ben Hammond adds his experience in construction law and litigation to the firm. Ben is a frequent author and lecturer on construction-law-related topics.

 

 Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The magazine names exceptional attorneys annually in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.


09/01/2010

By Stephen A. Hilger - Published by Engineering Record News at ENR.com

gavelAlmost every article or discussion dealing with the legal aspects of integrated-project-delivery contracts raises the notion that IPD contracts have not been tested in court and that this untested status elevates the legal risk to the IPD participants. While it is true that, as of this date, there is little, if any, case authority dealing with the legal merits of IPD contracts, that does not tell the whole story.

The first challenge to this idea is determining whether IPD contracts really are new. Those of us who were around in the early 1980s will remember the “partnering” agreements that, along with other contract documents, were circulating and will recognize some of the “fluff” language inserted in IPD contracts in an obvious effort to engender a spirit of cooperation.


The language is really not all that new, but the same enforceability issues prevail. What is new about IPD contracts is that they have emerged with BIM technology. New technology, by itself, is not reason enough to avoid a project delivery method. New isn’t necessarily bad.


Contracts that are new and untested give most of the legal community a stomach ache because there are no legal authorities or precedents to provide assurances as to legal risk assessment. However, the lack of judicial precedent on a particular subject matter will give a skilled and savvy attorney a clear slate to educate the judicial community on what the language means or should mean.


Further, even though there may not be a long line of cases that lawyers can read to find the meaning of specific clauses in IPD contracts, we are dealing with contract law, and we have well over 100 years of well-defined rules of contract interpretation to guide us. While there may not be a lot of judicial history on IPD contracts, this may turn the unwary away but also may create opportunity for innovative thinkers. I do not believe the uncertainties are enough of a reason to avoid IPD contracts.


It is often said that the players in an IPD contract will be assuming risk they are not accustomed to undertaking. Yet any contractor or subcontractor who never has signed a design-build contract before does the same thing—and so does a designer who, generally, never has assumed any role in means and methods before.

For full article, go to ENR.com.

June 8, 2010
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Stephen Hilger

The Grand Rapids law firm Hilger and Hammond is small but growing.

Stephen Hilger started his own firm in September 2008, after leaving Grand Rapids-based Rhoades McKee. He added Ben Hammond in July 2009 to form Hilger and Hammond.




Aileen Leipprandt joined last month from Miller Johnson, and Hilger said the firm plans to add a fourth attorney, recent
Cooley Law School graduate Mark Rysberg.


Hilger and Hammond’s focus is specifically on construction law and commercial litigation.


“Our law firm consists of both writers and fighters,” Hilger said.


As writers, the attorneys are very involved in drafting and negotiating contracts. As fighters, they’re active in dispute resolutions.


And the firm’s client base includes owners, general contractors, subcontractors, materials manufacturers and suppliers, architects, engineers and more.


“We represent different groups up and down the entire chain, and the beauty of that is we understand everybody,” he said. “When we’re dealing with a subcontractor, we understand the difficulties general contractors face and vice versa. So it helps us with the dispute-resolution process.”


The firm works on cases across the country, including Michigan, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Texas this year.


“We have a very broad range of clients, from very basic to very sophisticated, and the more-sophisticated ones are taking us really all around the country,” he said.


Hilger said part of his firm’s success comes from following the business model in the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.


“You have to have the right people on the bus, and you have to have them in the right seats on the bus,” Hilger said.


And Hilger believes his firm is headed in the right direction.


“Everybody has their own talents and focuses on their own things, and yet we act well together as a team,” he said.


Another part of his business model is to reduce overhead. One way he accomplishes that is with the firm’s office, which he describes as more architecture firm than law firm. It has high ceilings, interesting lighting and open corridors, but it’s still a professional space.


“What we’re trying to do is create a comfortable environment where clients walk in and say, ‘This is nice, but I’m not paying for the Taj Mahal,’” Hilger said, “because a lot of the larger law firms, they try to impress the clients with massive infrastructure, which costs a lot of money.”


But Hilger doesn’t think his model will become a trend in the law industry.


“In order to do what we’ve done here, you need a certain entrepreneurial spirit,” he said. “Some people really like the idea that they’re in a large law firm because they don’t have to manage the business side of the equation.


“I, on the other hand, like managing the business side of the equation because if you don’t, the overhead gets out of control and you end up spending too much time, energy and effort making the business run as opposed to having the business run for you.”

Hilger Hammond Attorneys Named as 2015 Best Lawyers

Hilger Hammond, PC is pleased to announce that Steve Hilger and Aileen Leipprandt have been listed in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers for Construction Law.  Leipprandt has been names as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year for Construction Law in Grand Rapids.  Hilger is included in the Best Lawyers for Construction and Litigation.Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review.


The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. 


Aileen practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers. Aileen assists clients with transactional and litigation needs, including contract review, preparation, and negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation.


Steve Hilger is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law, has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in several state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, the United States Supreme Court on cert, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country.