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Donald R. Visser

Phone: (616) 531-9860
Fax: (616) 531-9870

Don Visser concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, construction law, liens, business law, and collections / creditors rights. He is recognized as an expert attorney dealing with zoning and boundary disputes and water issues for homes, vacation homes, cottages, condominiums and businesses. He also has been the primary attorney for multi-million dollar cases involving discrimination and wrongful death claims.

Don formed Visser and Associates, PLLC, in 2005 after practicing for over 30 years with Visser and Bolhouse, which was a mainstay in the Grandville community for decades. He has built a reputation for attacking and undertaking difficult, complex cases. His practice includes acting as lead attorney in multiple precedent-setting cases in the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals involving the Land Division Act, Construction Lien Act, Builders Trust Fund Act, and Michigan’s conversion statute providing for treble damages.

Don is also a certified, trained mediator (since 2003) and designated mediator for many Michigan Circuit Courts. His Kentwood offices are set up for mediation with several private conference rooms, free parking and unlimited coffee.

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan / Michigan Trial Courts since 1977
  • Michigan Court of Appeals
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Illinois
  • Bankruptcy Court
  • Michigan Tax Tribunal

Neutral Mediator Approvals

  • Kent County
  • Allegan County
  • Barry County
  • Ottawa County


  • J.D., Valparaiso University, 1977
  • B.S. (mathematics), Calvin College, 1973

Professional Affiliations, Activities and Service

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Real Property Section
    Business Law Section

    Alternative Dispute Section
    Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee of the Business Law Section for review and comment on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules

    Judicial Qualifications Committee Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Past Member, Finance Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Michigan
  • Burton Heights Christian Reformed Church, past Elder
  • Ivanrest Christian Reformed Church, past Elder
  • Newhall Community Church, Elder, 2007-2010
  • Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, Investigator
  • Bowens Mill Chapel, Director
  • United States Army (NG), Capt. Engineer, 1970-1982
  • Volunteer Community Education Instructor
  • Rotary International, Paul Harris Fellow
  • Grandville Rotary Club, past Officer