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Thomas A. Kuiper

Thomas A. Kuiper


Tom Kuiper is an experienced litigator with proficiency in a variety of cases and forums. He practices in State district, circuit, probate, federal and appellate courts, and in arbitration and mediation settings. He represents a variety of clients, from billion-dollar corporations in commercial litigation disputes to the individual involved in a personal dispute or family breakup.

Although the issues and forums may differ, Tom's approach remains the same: To relate to people, to communicate difficult legal concepts and information in a clear and simple manner, and to work on a personal level with the client.

Tom is married with six children. He lives in Ada with his family and enjoys sports and being involved in high school and college athletics.


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Hope College, Holland, MI
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: Business Administration

Past Positions

  • Wheeler Upham, P.C., Shareholder, 1993 to 2005
  • Michigan Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 1992 to 1993

Published Works

  • "Injecting Fault into No-Fault: Does SJI2d 50.11 Apply in a First-Party No-Fault Case?", (Co-Author with Jack L. Hoffman), Michigan Bar Journal, September, 1998
  • Appellate Advocacy: Refresher Tips Before Oral Argument

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Chairman (Litigation Section), 2001 to 2005
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, Kent County Circuit Court
  • The Other Way Ministries, Board of Directors, VP and President, 1999 to 2003
  • Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, President, Board of Directors, 1995 to 2003
  • Elder, Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 2004 to 2007

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Family Litigation
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Domestic Relations

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1992


  • Michigan Super Lawyer (multiple years)
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell (multiple years)
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Grand Rapids Magazine Leading Lawyers (multiple years)