Brian Plachta
Miles Murphy
Bryan Reeder
Kari Thames
Lisa Peterson
Tracey Boerman
Mary Owens
Jeff Black
Jackie Zickus
Vicki Poleni
Certainty in Uncertain Times

At Plachta, Murphy & Associates it is our mission to promote our clients’ business and personal security through responsive and proactive legal expertise. We are a full-service law firm with over 50 years of combined legal expertise in all areas of the law. Our offices are located in Grand Rapids with an additional office in Holland. We don’t strive to be the biggest law firm in West Michigan, but rather to be a law firm that provides one-on-one personalized service of the highest quality for our business and personal clients.

In addition to the traditional areas of business and personal law, in response to client needs we have developed unique specialty client practice groups in Elder Care Law, Divorce and Family Law, Government Benefits (including Social Security, Disability, VA, and Medicaid) and Back Tax Resolution. Because times are tough in Michigan, many of our services are billed on a flat fee basis. Please call us at 616-458-3994 or email us at to inquire how our team can help you accomplish your legal goals and objectives.

Offices in Grand Rapids and Holland.


The goal of our Business Law Team is to protect and grow your business assets and your individual wealth. We can help you start a business, open an LLC, buy real estate, negotiate contracts, and plan for business succession. We also include a unique service, Professional Collection Solutions, wherein we shoulder the burden of collecting overdue accounts receivables for our business clients.

Our Family Law Team guides clients through difficult times: Divorce, Child Custody, Guardianship, Conservatorship, and probating a loved-one's estate.

Our Life-Care Planning Team brings together expertise in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Government Benefits (SSA and VA), and Long-Term Care Planning. This team includes an Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney, Social Security/Disability and Medicaid Benefits specialists, and a VA-certified attorney. Whether you need a simple will, assistance in appealing a disability denial, information about the Aid & Attendance benefit, or need to negotiate caregiver solutions, we can help.

Our business and commercial litigation attorneys handle a wide range of legal matters of importance to business owners and CEO's. Our Litigation Team covers both civil and business litigation that focus on state as well as federal proceedings. We represent individual and business clients throughout West Michigan.

Tax Resolution Specialists is a client team devoted to helping individuals and businesses resolve problems due to unpaid taxes.

Our Personal Injury and Insurance Law Team has more than 28 years of experience representing individuals in accident cases involving serious injuries and death. They are also well equipped to successfully resolve the insurance coverage disputes that can arise out of these types of complex cases.

Client Service Areas


PMA Updates

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.–The law firm of Plachta, Murphy & Associates, P.C., understands the obstacles and concerns that are presented to small business owners. One of the biggest problems faced is the cost of legal services it takes to get a business up and running, or continuing the growth of an existing business. In response to Governor Snyder’s Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative asking that Michigan businesses step up to the plate and help other Michigan businesses, Plachta, Murphy & Associates is proud to partner with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation by contributing $500,000 of legal services over the next four years to help offset the costs of starting or expanding West Michigan businesses.


Plachta, Murphy & Associates’ Business Law attorneys have more than 70 years of expertise and will be helping by providing free initial legal service packages to qualifying start-up companies including:


  • Business Entity & Formation
  • Tax Compliance & Regulation
  • Corporate Minutes
  • Employee Handbooks & Procedures
  • Contracts/Negotiations
  • Employment Law


The $500,000 will be given over a four year period at $125,000 annually. The annual $125,000 will be divided into 50 small business packages for qualified start-ups or existing businesses needing legal assistance. Each qualified business will receive $2500 of free initial legal services provided by Plachta, Murphy & Associates’ Business Law attorneys. After the free service package the business can continue working with Plachta, Murphy & Associates, P.C. or have the freedom to seek counsel elsewhere.



There are clear guidelines established to obtain free legal services. For example, candidates must have a strong business plan, a need for legal assistance, and a commitment to remain in Michigan for at least five years. Full guideline information can be found on the Pure Michigan Business Connect website ( Prospective small business owners that fit these guidelines may apply through that website portal.

For more information contact 616-458-3994 or

Our Offices
Grand Rapids
124 E Fulton, Ste 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
P: 616-458-3994
F: 616-458-2410
42 East Lakewood Blvd
Holland, MI 49424
P: 616-796-0743
F: 616-458-2410