Gary's practice focuses primarily on commercial, business, contract and corporate law and associated litigation. He also specializes in zoning, planning, environmental and land use issues. He has extensive experience in commercial real estate matters and personally advises a number of large and small business owners.
One of the firm's founding members, Gary is a lifelong resident of the Grand Rapids area. He began his studies at Grand Rapids Community College (then Junior College) and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1965 (with great distinction, Phi Beta Kappa). He went on to receive his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School (cum laude, 1969; Order of the Coif). He is rated by his peers and the judiciary as an AV-Preeminent Lawyer, which is the highest rating in ethics and legal skills. Gary has also recently been named one of America's Top Lawyers by the American Law Society in Business Law and also in Zoning and Land Use Planning
He has served on committees for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, is a past member of the Grand Valley State University Foundation, the Grand Valley University Friends of the Arts; is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and previously served on the Lawyer Referral Committee of the Grand Rapids Bar. He has also recently completed his term as Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, and completed his term as a Trustee. Gary has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of Grand Rapids Community College, was inducted into the Lee High School Hall of Fame, served as Chair of the Kent County New Jail Committee and is a former member of the Greater Grand Rapids Area Red Cross Board of Directors. On a personal note, Gary is an active member of St. Thomas Church, is a past member of the Lions Club and is active in community affairs.
Gary is also a member of the following organizations: Grand Rapids Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, the Bars of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court.
(From Doug--A long time firm client)
"Team Schenk has come through for our family once again. Thanks Gary for all that you do."
(From the General Counsel for a Corporate Client)
"A great result. Thanks for your terrific work on this--We are fortunate to have you on our side"!