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Patrick Duff

Patrick Duff

Personalized guidance in your personal injury and worker's comp cases
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Business Law ...
  • Michigan
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Biography

I’ve worked with injured folks for the past decade, both in the context of auto accidents and worker’s compensation. I know that when you suffer an injury, you need firm and aggressive advocacy so your voice can be heard. But you also need frank and honest guidance so you can make good decisions for your future and for your family’s future. I provide both.

When you call my firm, I’m the one you’ll talk to on the phone, not some screener who passes you along to an associate. I take your call, I hear your story, I assess your needs.

Being injured is hard. Going through a lawsuit can make it even harder. My goal is to get you to closure so you can start feeling human again. It’s personally injury law with a personal touch.

Here’s a little bit about my background.

Education:

Juris Doctorate, Michigan State University College of Law, 2011, Cum Laude
Moot Court, Executive Director
Trial Practice Institute
Pretrial II Discovery and Negotiation, JD Award
Internship with Muskegon County Prosecutors Office
Bachelors of Art in Philosophy, Calvin University, 2008
Varsity Basketball

Courts and Bar Admission:

All Michigan State Courts
Michigan State Bar Association
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Michigan Association for Justice
Grand Rapids Bar Association Worker's Compensation Section, President

Community Activities:

I am a native of West Michigan, having grown up around Grand Rapids and the lakeshore. My wife and I, along with our two daughters, are members at Madison Square Christian Reformed Church. I chair a non-profit board that serves the Madison-Hall community. In my free time, I enjoy good company with friends and family, travelling, playing music, golfing, and playing rec league basketball.

Education
Michigan State University College of Law
J.D. (2011)
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Calvin College
B.A. (2008) | Philosophy
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Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Senior Basketball
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Bolhouse, Hofstee & McLean Attorneys At Law
Current
President
Grand Rapids Bar Association - Worker's Compensation Section
- Current
Member
Michigan Association for Justice
- Current
Adjunct Professor
Michigan State University College of Law
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The "Survivors" Benefit
The Grand Rapids Lawyer
Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Contact for details.
Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Workers' Compensation
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Partnership withdrawal and contract debt dispute
A: It will depend upon the language in the contract you signed to buy out the first partner. If the contract says each remaining partner is reliable for his/her own share, then you're ok. If it says the business is responsible as a whole, you may have to pay and go after the non-paying partner separately for his/her share. The bylaws may also has some impact on process, now that one of the remaining partners wants to withdraw.
Q. My dad has was working for a union for 25 years he suffered a massive heart attack, went back to work and then got
A: If you're talking about applying for Social Security Disability, and not a long-term disability or some like benefit offered through the union, then sometimes claimants can be successful on their own. However, it is always helpful to speak to a lawyer before moving forward. Most disability attorneys will offer free consultations.
Q. Coworker gave me Nazi salute, twice. Owner says I misinterpreted.
A: It's hard to say whether there is a cause of action here without knowing whether you're in a protected class--i.e., race, age, gender, etc. If you feel that your hours were cut in retaliation to your complaint, you can always file a claim with the EEOC and/or the MI Department of Civil Rights. Many employment law attorneys would advise you to do that before they'd be willing to take on the case anyway.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Blog - The Injury Lawyer
Contact & Map
3996 Chicago Dr SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Telephone: (616) 531-7711