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Jon D. VanderPloeg

Appellate Attorney 

Danielle Mier, Paralegal

Jon VanderPloeg has nearly 50 years of legal experience. During his expansive career, he has concentrated on appellate practice in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Jon has handled hundreds of cases in those courts and has obtained numerous decisions of significance for Michigan jurisprudence. 

Appellate work focuses on written and oral advocacy, and Jon has concentrated on those skills to be a persuasive advocate without hyperbole. His goal is to have judges respect the integrity of his presentation when urging the facts and the law, and for his arguments to be as persuasive as possible. His legal tactician and advocate skills have application throughout the legal landscape.

Jon and his wife Pam are regular teachers at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), hosted at Aquinas College. Jon has obsessively gathered a music record collection numbering in the thousands. He has lectured on the history of jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, gospel, soul, country, and rock and roll, and always within the context of music as a reflection and a shaper of societal attitudes. Jon’s other passion is residential remodeling and construction, including work on their home in Pentwater.



    Hope College

    Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude

    Holland, MI


    Indiana University

    School of Law

    J.D., magna cum laude

    Bloomington, IN


    Bar Admissions

    • Michigan

    Court Admissions

    • Western District Michigan Federal Court
    • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • US Supreme Court

    • Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, Former Vice President and Member of Board of Directors
    • Oceana County Community Foundation, Board of Trustees
      • Indiana University of Law Order of the Coif
      • Indiana University School of Law, Journal Editor


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