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Jeffrey S. Battershall

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Jeff Battershall co-chairs Warner’s Health Law Group and is former chair of the Business Practice Group. He works with health institutions, large publicly traded companies and smaller privately owned companies in the areas of contracts, general corporate law, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, licensing and distribution arrangements. He has served as chief legal officer for the Van Andel Institute — one of the world’s leading institutes for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s research — and negotiated license transactions for the institute’s genomic research software. He represents Spectrum Health System, one of Michigan’s largest health care providers, and represented Wolverine Worldwide in its acquisition of the Merrell®, Hy-Test® and the UK Hush Puppies® brands. He represents multiple automobile dealer clients in dealership acquisitions, sales and corporate matters. Jeff has practiced corporate law for more than two decades.


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  • Harvard University J.D. 1989 cum laude
  • Albion College A.B. Ed. 1986 summa cum laude, Valedictorian


  • 1989, Michigan


  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 1989

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association


  • Served as Interim Chief Legal Officer and Secretary to the Boards of Trustees for the Van Andel Institute, Van Andel Research Institute and Van Andel Education Institute.  Worked with executive staff and administrative staff on multiple legal and business projects relating to research collaboration agreements and related arrangements with both domestic and international universities and research institutions, clinical trial agreements, intellectual property agreements, software and technology license agreements, and other projects and agreements relating to the Van Andel Institute’s operations, intellectual property, tax exempt status and facilities (April 2010 to August 2011)
  • Has represented multiple automobile dealerships in numerous dealership acquisitions, sales and corporate matters including Elder Automotive Group, Fox Motors, Wenzel Automotive and the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association
  • Represents Spectrum Health Hospitals, Spectrum Health Medical Group and affiliates in ongoing procurement contracts for medical equipment, supplies and services
  • Represents Spectrum Health System (14,000 employees) and Spectrum Health Innovations, LLC in their Innovations programs, which  promote, protect and commercialize innovations, including agreements for intellectual property protection, collaboration agreements and license agreements for collaboration and development with outside parties and medical device companies
  • Represented Van Andel Institute in its 2010 alliance and affiliation transaction with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), located in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Negotiated significant license transactions for Van Andel Research Institute, which developed  proprietary genomic research software now in use by Intervention Insights and XB Transmed Solutions
  • Represented Wolverine World Wide, Inc. in the acquisition of the Merrell® footwear business from Sports Holdings Corp., the Hy-Test® work boot business from The Florsheim Shoe Company, the UK Hush Puppies® wholesale business from Sears PLC; also assisted in purchase of a manufacturing plant in Costa Rica, with the placement of $75 million in Senior Notes, with a $150 million revolving credit facility and with corporate, securities, contracts and distribution matters
  • Drafted national account sales and distribution contracts for Whirlpool Corporation
  • Provided general legal services, research agreements, project agreements, consulting agreements, material transfer agreements and intellectual property to the Center for Molecular Medicine; and represented the Company in its sale to Sequenom
  • Conducted due diligence and contract transitions for DaimlerChrysler Financial Corporation’s acquisition by Cerberus Capital
  • Represented shareholders in the sale of Northland Corporation
  • Represented individual investor in acquisition of Preferred Plastics, Inc. and Fabricated Extrusion Company of Kentucky (plastic extrusion manufacturing) and in ongoing corporate matters
  • Negotiated 2010 sale of Volgistics, a proprietary software company providing web-based services

Honors & Awards

  • Named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Go To Business Lawyer, 2020
  • Received a Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Award from Van Andel Institute, 2019
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Corporate Law, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2019-20
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2021 and 2017 Grand Rapids Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2007-Present
  • Client Choice Awards 2016 and 2015 Winner, General Corporate category for Michigan
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • Albion College Fellow
  • Ford Leadership Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Albion College Valedictorian



  • Editor, three-volume series "Michigan Business Enterprises," Lawyers Cooperative Publishing (West), 1997
  • Author, "Commercial Leases and Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code," American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 329-382, Volume 64, Fall 1990; Editor's Prize, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1991


Professional Affiliations

  • Albion College's Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
    Advisory Council

Community Affiliations

  • Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank (Nonprofit Food Distributor)
    President (2005-08; 2010); Board Member (2002-Present)

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