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Bruce C. Young

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  • Grand Rapids

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Bruce Young serves on the steering committee of the firm's Private Client and Family Office Group and is a former chair of the firm’s Closely Held Business Group. Bruce has served as a trusted advisor to family businesses and family offices for more than 30 years, focusing on corporate and transactional work and succession planning. Bruce understands family businesses because he’s a third-generation participant in one. For more than two decades, Bruce has served as lead corporate counsel to one of the largest family offices in Michigan. Bruce serves as chair of the firm's Opinion Review Committee and has extensive experience with formal legal opinions provided in connection with secured and unsecured financings, mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions. 


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  • Cornell University M.B.A. 1982
  • Cornell University J.D. 1982 cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.S.E. 1978 magna cum laude


  • 1982, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section; Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; Taxation Section; Center for Professional Responsibility Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Business Law Committee on Corporate Laws
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association


  • Representation of numerous family businesses and their owners in transition of ownership and management to future generations, professional management, or third party purchasers
  • Formation and reorganization of family-owned and other closely held business interests, including use of voting and non-voting structures and strategic arrangements for owners who are and are not active in the business
  • Preparation of shareholder and other buy and sell agreements for family and closely held businesses with a focus on controlling and structuring succession of ownership and management
  • General corporate representation of large and small businesses on corporate governance, commercial, and transactional matters
  • Third party legal opinions for secured and unsecured financings, mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions

Honors & Awards

  • Hall of Fame, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2022
  • Lawyer of the Year, Grand Rapids Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Best Lawyers’  2020 and 2017  
  • Lawyer of the Year, Grand Rapids Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Best Lawyers’ 2021, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Law, 2013-Present
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014-Present
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as a member of the Senior Neighbors 16 Over 60 class, 2020



Professional Affiliations

  • Economic Club of Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Working Group on Legal Opinions
  • Family Business Alliance
    Board Member

Community Affiliations

  • Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Crossroads Council
    Board Member, Silver Beaver, OA Vigil Honor
  • Grand Rapids Rotary Club

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