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Benjamin R. Judd

Senior Attorney
1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2213

Overview

Benjamin R. Judd is a member of Foster Swift’s General Litigation practice group in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Ben focuses his practice in the area of divorce, collaborative divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, child custody, child support, as well as general civil litigation. Prior to joining Foster Swift, Ben was in a Grand Rapids-based private practice where he focused on these areas as well as an on-going mediation practice focusing on domestic matters, primarily divorce.

Ben has successfully tried and resolved complex divorce cases ranging from interstate custody issues, high asset cases with large businesses, as well as difficult custody matters involving physically and verbally abusive parents. Ben has also prepared stepparent adoptions, and petitions for grandparenting time. 

Ben’s approach is to family law is to start with a comprehensive analysis at the outset of the case with the client. This is vital to the overall strategy necessary to achieve the client’s goals. Unfortunately, domestic litigation can take an unexpected turn or two. And most of these litigants have never had to be in any type of litigation before. This is why communication with the client, opposing counsel, and the court are so important. Good communication helps lower the anxiety of the client during a very difficult time in their lives.  Additionally, this flow of communication allows for continued strategic analysis of the case. There are often multiple ways of achieving the client’s desired results and those need to be explored as often as necessary. Especially, considering the fact that the two litigants will often continue to play substantial roles in each other’s lives. 

Ultimately, if settlement is unachievable or will not meet the client’s desired result then trial may be necessary. Preparation for trial is vital to achieving positive results. The court can only make decisions on the information they have. Due to the Court’s high workload, it is vital to present evidence in a clear and concise manner for easy understanding. Ben has successfully tried cases before the court in Kent, Ottawa, Barry, Ionia and even as far north as Traverse City.

Ben is also a successful mediator, he has helped to resolve cases across West Michigan. Ben believes an empathetic but creative approach is the most successful when mediating domestic cases. Sometimes it is as simple as figuring out a different approach that might satisfy both parties’ goals. Other times, it is a reality check to one or both litigants that they are asking for something that the court may be unable to award. Ben takes great satisfaction when he can help people through his mediation during this difficult time in their lives.

When Ben isn’t working, he enjoys being outdoors and playing tennis on his two travel teams. But mostly, he enjoys spending time with his three adorable children.

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Education

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, LL.M., 2009

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2008

Grand Valley State University, B.S., 2005

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Michigan Tax Tribunal

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