ABOUT FREDERICK MACKRAZ

Attorney, Co-Owner

Fred graduated from East Grand Rapids High School in 1984. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Hope College, where he majored in philosophy with minors in math and physics. Fred attended Valparaiso University School of Law and graduated cum laude in 1991.  While at Valparaiso, Fred was the Executive Editor of Student Writing for the Valparaiso Law Review, President of his legal fraternity, first-place oralist in the norther Midwest region for the school’s Jessup Moot Court Team, and winner of the Luther M. Swygert Memorial Moot Court Competition.

Fred became licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois in 1991 and began his career working for a large, multi-state Chicago law firm. He returned to Grand Rapids in 1995 to work for the Grand Rapids office of a large Detroit firm. After deciding that he could better serve his clients in a small firm setting, Fred ventured out on his own. With over 25 years of experience representing businesses and individuals, Fred has successfully handled a wide variety of legal matters. He has extensive jury trial experience with tremendous results on even the toughest of cases.  He has also provided skilled service to small and large businesses, from formation or acquisition to the development and implementation of a succession plan or sale and everything in between.

Fred enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and skiing. On clear days, Fred can be found working on and riding vintage Italian scooters and motorcycles.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

CIVIL LIGITATION

  • Commercial and Business
  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Serious Injury
  • Civil Rights

BUSINESS LAW

  • Formation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Contracts
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Severance Agreements
  • Restaurant and Hospitality

ESTATE PLANNING

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Probate

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois, 1991;  Michigan, 1995

EDUCATION

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana, 1991 cum laude
  • Hope College, Holland, Michigan 1988
  • East Grand Rapids H.S. 1984