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Jack L. Van Coevering

1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2221
F 616.726.2299


Jack is the former Chairman of the Michigan Tax Tribunal. For 25 years, Jack has practiced state and local tax, a career that has included government and private sector positions as a Michigan Assistant Attorney General, Administrator of the Michigan Department of Treasury’s legal and hearings divisions and private practice.

Jack’s work primarily involves complex property tax litigation involving power plants, mines and large industrial properties. He represents several municipalities in “big box” appeals including the City of Escanaba in its appeal of the “dark store” decision in Menard Inc. v City of Escanaba, 315 Mich App 512 (2016), lv den .  He authored the property tax appeal chapter in Real Property Tax Appeals in Michigan (ICLE 2010) and for a number of years taught the property tax class for Cooley Law School’s Masters of Law program. Jack is a member of the Michigan Assessors Association, the International Association of Assessing Officers and the Appraisal Institute. 

In addition to his property tax work, Jack also represents taxpayers in state tax controversies. He has regularly presented at conferences for the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the MACPA and the Michigan and American Bar tax sections and is a member of state and local tax committees, the ABA’s State and National Government Law Section and is member of the MACPA’s State and Local Taskforce, the West Michigan Tax Symposium Taskforce and the Michigan Tax Conference Taskforce. He has been continuously included in Best Lawyers in America® and in 2013 and 2014 was recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Tax Litigation and Controversy. Jack can be reached at (616) 726-2221.

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2018 (Litigation and Controversy - Tax)

Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2018 (Tax Law)

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Litigation and Controversy - Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Grand Rapids


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • American Bar Association
    • Taxation Section
    • State and Local Tax
    • Real Property
    • Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • National Conference of State Tax Judges, 2003-2007
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Taxation Section
    • Tax Council, 2008-2010
    • State and Local Tax Committee
    • Real Property Law Section
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • National Conference of State Tax Judges, 2003-2007
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
    • State and Local Taskforce
    • Michigan Tax Conference Planning Taskforce
    • West Michigan Tax Symposium Taskforce
  • International Association of Assessing Officers
    • Public Utility Section
    • Tax Collection Section
  • Michigan Assessors Association
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
    • Tax and Regulatory Affairs Committee
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce
    • Tax Committee
  • Appraisal Institute
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of West Michigan, 2007-2010
  • Streamlined Sales Tax Business Advisory Council
  • Streamlined Sales Tax Project
    • Governing Council
    • Vice-chair of two working groups, 1999-2002
  • Multistate Tax Commission
    • Sales Tax Uniformity Committee, Michigan Representative, 1999-2001
    • Litigation Committee, Chair, 2000-2002, Vice-Chair, 1999-2000


Representative Matters

  • Litigation
  • Legislative and Tax Policy



News & Events


Speaking Engagements


University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1987

Calvin College, B.A., 1982

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District

U.S. District Court for the Western District