Law firm appoints attorneys to executive committee


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A local law firm has appointed a pair of attorneys to its executive committee.

Grand Rapids-based Rhoades McKee said this week that shareholders at the firm elected Patrick Drueke and Suanne Watt Stay to the firm’s leadership body for three-year terms.

Drueke and Watt Stay serve as VPs on the committee. The four-member committee is also comprised of Paul McCarthy, president, and Mark Smith, advisor.

The executive committee is responsible for the firm’s recruitment of lateral and associate attorneys, the expansion and implementation of legal services to key targeted industries and practice specialties and the oversight of daily operational management.

The group also oversees the firm’s internal committees: diversity; marketing; finance; compliance; compensation; and technology.

The firm also has an office in Holland. 

Patrick Drueke

Drueke practices real estate law, environmental law and handles commercial litigations.

He specializes in issues relating to disputes regarding real estate or construction projects, owners of contaminated sites that result in enforcement action and residential contractors in construction liens.

He earned a B.A., cum laude, from Albion College in 1995 and a J.D. from the Wayne State University Law School in 1998.

Suanne Watt Stay

Watt Stay practices arbitration and mediation family law.

She specializes in issues relating to divorce, separation, co-parenting, business assets, adoption, guardianship, paternity and prenuptial agreements.

Watt Stay was a former litigator and public sector attorney, and she's a certified mediator.

She has been a board member of the Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, of Kent County.

She earned a B.A. from the James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1995 and a J.D from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in 2000.

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