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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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Legal Knowledge
5.0/5.0
Legal Analysis
5.0/5.0
Communication Skills
5.0/5.0
Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Mark D. Hofstee
Reviewed by Mark D. Hofstee July 17, 2020
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Patrick is an outstanding lawyer who works very hard for his clients.
Reviewed by Vivian D. November 2, 2020
Great knowledge & easy to work with!
Patrick assisted me with my case and really had a good background & knowledge of the area of law that applied. He was easy to work with and provided encouragement and realistic expectations. It's so easy to get one's hopes up, but he outlined various scenarios, considerations, and strategies. He also outlined what we'd have to do if these arose. I've been very happy with his services!
Reviewed by Dale Kramer August 30, 2020
One of the best attorneys in Michigan
I retained Patrick to deal with a case concerning workman's compensation for an on the job injury. We had problems with the comp attorney and the comp doctors from the start, and also with Medicare. Comp attorneys were always dragging their feet, and the comp doctors always had their own agenda. Medicare decided to list every doctor that I went too for any reason as a doctor who treated my work injury. Patrick was in constant communication with me by phone, letter, and e-mail through out this entire time and was always reassuring. He went above and beyond spending countless hours researching medical records and contacting Medicare about incorrect billing that did not pertain to the work injury. He also reached out on a personal level on numerous occasions with genuine concern as to how myself and my daughter were doing during this ordeal as it had affected us emotionally and financially. Even as the case dragged on Patrick never failed to pass on to us a positive and reassuring attitude that all would end in our favor. Had it not been for Patrick's hard work, dedication, and personable reassuring attitude I would have given up early on shortly after the case had begun. I am proud to say that we became more than an attorney and his client, we became friends. The case recently ended in my favor.
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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.

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
Video Conferencing
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  • Zoom
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
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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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 Associations
Michigan State Bar
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The "Survivors" Benefit
The Grand Rapids Lawyer
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Blog - The Injury Lawyer
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered
Q. Can money be returned after 6 months?
A: You probably have a viable unjust enrichment claim. However, the cost of litigating such a claim could easily exceed the $6,000 you're hoping to recoup. Unfortunately, I think you're have to make a decision about how much you want to invest in trying to scrape back that money versus what is your walk-away point.
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.
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Contact & Map
3996 Chicago Dr SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Telephone: (616) 531-7711
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