Andy Vredenburg focuses on helping small to medium-sized businesses seize opportunities and overcome challenges. A significant part of his practice involves addressing the litigation needs of his clients. His skills and experience are much broader, as he handles a myriad of transactions and matters that help clients profitably run their businesses.
Whatever the nature of the work or industry, Andy's clients share common characteristics. They are either looking to grow and need assistance to get the deal done and the strategy executed or they face an impediment to growth such as litigation or a regulatory roadblock.
Andy's experience (and focus on using legal strategy to achieve business objectives), has been honed over nearly 25 years of legal practice, including six years as in-house counsel for a middle-market company. Over the course of his career, Andy has routinely handled:
- Business disputes. These involve contracts, partnerships and shareholders' agreements, employee non-competes, settlement agreements and claims made by private and public entities against his clients.
- Real estate and environmental matters. This includes all aspects of the sale and purchase of real property for both commercial and residential land. Over the years, Andy has supervised environmental assessments, due diligence and remediation activities involving wetlands, landfills and contaminated properties.
- Construction litigation and development. Andy has prepared contracts, construction liens and pursued and defended lien foreclosure actions for his many construction clients as well as assisted with business planning for contractors and developers.
- Corporate counsel. He has assisted business clients with planning. He has prepared corporate documents and contracts, handled mergers and acquisitions and has helped obtain real and personal business property for his clients. Often he offers counsel for both personal and business matters when asked by his clients.
Andy is also in demand as a speaker. He has spoken on a variety of complex and diverse business issues. Some of his presentations include, the “Consumer Protection Act and Automobile Dealership Requirements,” “Regulation and Development of Wetlands for the Commercial Real Estate Developer and Contractor,” and “Bankruptcy, From A Creditor’s Perspective.”
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Michigan
- Grand Rapids Bar Association
- American Inns of Court
- Cannon Township
- Former Planning Commission Member and Vice Chair
- Former Cannon Township, Zoning Board of Appeals Chair
- Current Cannon Township Recreation, Committee Member
- Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC)
- Board of Directors, Member
- Advocacy Committee, Member
- Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
- Metro Hospital Institutional Review Board Member
- Rockford High School Boys Lacrosse, Board Member
- He has successfully tried more than 50 cases to verdict before both juries and judges involving contract and business claims.
- In 2013, he represented a Michigan-based farm equipment dealer to bring claims under the Michigan Farm and Utility Equipment Act and the Michigan Antitrust Reform Act, resulting in a $5.15 million jury verdict for his client, which was upheld following an extensive 15 months of post-judgment motions.
- In 2013, he successfully argued for summary disposition enforcing an employee's termination agreement with his employer that required the employee to pay the employer a fee for each client the employee took when he left his employment.
- In 2013, he successfully obtained an injunction barring a property owner from maintaining a dock and mooring a boat on a Lake Access Easement and storing personal property on a Driveway Easement.
- In 2012, he successfully had a Fair Credit Reporting claim dismissed against an automobile finance company.
- In 2010, he successfully argued a motion for summary disposition and was granted a dismissal of a $2.4 million conversion claim brought against a business client.
- In 2010, he obtained a verdict of "no-cause of action" following a two day bench trial on a sales commission claim brought by a former sales representative against a business client. He was also awarded attorney fees in that case.
- In 2009, he obtained a jury verdict dismissing a breach of contract claim against his construction client where it was alleged the contractor performed defective work.
- In 2008, he represented a large West Michigan produce company in a merger involving assets that exceeded $50 million.
- He successfully defended at trial a business accused of violating the Michigan Trade Secret Act and a Covenant Not to Compete.
- In 1999, he successfully had an employment discrimination case against a client dismissed pursuant to a summary disposition motion.
- After a restaurant fire in GreekTown, Michigan, a contractor was accused of improperly constructing an exhaust vent for an oven. Andy successfully defended the contractor, minimizing their exposure and liability to the owner of the building and its insurer.
- Firing a Sales Representative? Make Sure to Read Your Commission Agreement First, Foster Swift Business & Corporate Law News, April 6, 2016
- Get it in Writing: The Importance of Written Agreements in Business, Foster Swift Commercial Litigation News, October 13, 2015
- Michigan Court of Appeals Clarifies the Difference Between Statutes of Limitations and Repose, and Allows Minority Shareholder Oppression Lawsuit to Proceed, Foster Swift Commercial Litigation News, July 14, 2015
- A Good LLC Operating Agreement Can Avoid a Really Bad Court Case, Foster Swift Commercial Litigation News, November 13, 2014
- The Michigan Sales Representative Act: Have You Reviewed Your Commission Agreements Recently?, Foster Swift Commercial Litigation News, December 18, 2013
- Small Claims Limit Increased – Good News for Businesses, Foster Swift Commercial Litigation News, July 10, 2012
News & Events
- $5.15 Million Verdict for Farm Equipment Dealer Upheld, September 25, 2014
- Foster Swift Wins $5.15 Million Verdict for Farm Equipment Dealer, June 25, 2013
- Andrew Vredenburg Appointed as Commercial Litigation Practice Group Leader, March 2, 2012
- Foster Swift Announces 2009 New Shareholders, January 10, 2009
- Foster Swift's Grand Rapids Office Announces Appointments, February 7, 2008
- Bankruptcy, A Creditors Perspective, March 9, 2009
- Plat and Subdivision Development, March 22, 2008
- Consumer Protection Act and Automobile Dealership Requirements, September 1996
University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1991, cum laude
Michigan State University, B.A., 1987
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan