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Steven J. Tjapkes

Senior Attorney
1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2215
F 616.726.6821


Steven J. Tjapkes is an attorney with the Business & Tax practice group of Foster Swift. Steven practices from the firm's Grand Rapids office with a focus on counseling agri-businesses and family farms in organization, succession planning and transactional matters. In addition to his practice, Steven lectures on estate administration and buying and selling small businesses.

Previously a veterinarian in private practice, Steven received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) degree from Michigan State University in 1991. In 1999, he graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School with his Juris Doctor (J.D.).

Steven is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. 

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® 2012-2024 (Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates)


Memberships & Affiliations

Professional Affiliations:

  • Michigan Corn Growers Association
    • Member
  • Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee
    • Member

News & Events



University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1999, cum laude

Michigan State University, D.V.M., 1991

Calvin University, B.A., 1985

Bar and Court Admissions


Grand Rapids Bar Association