Gordon W. VanWieren, Jr. has practiced school and municipal law with Thrun Law Firm since 1985. Before that time, he practiced in the litigation area with a Lansing-based law firm. Mr. VanWieren received his J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1983, where he was a junior and senior member of the Moot Court Program. Mr. VanWieren graduated with a B.A., with high honors, from Michigan State University (School of Business). At graduation, he was named as one of the top 25 graduating seniors at Michigan State University.
In his practice at the firm, Mr. VanWieren has practiced extensively on behalf of schools and municipalities with regards to real estate, including the acquisition and disposition of properties throughout the State of Michigan. He has represented schools and municipalities in litigation involving matters before administrative agencies, Michigan and Federal courts, and the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Mr. VanWieren has acted as general counsel to the Michigan School District Liquid Asset Fund since its inception in 1987 to the present. He currently serves as counsel to various municipalities, including being the City Attorney for the City of Grand Ledge.
Mr. VanWieren was admitted to practice in the State of Michigan in 1983 and is also admitted to various Federal courts. He is a member in good standing with the Michigan State Bar Association, the Michigan Council of School Attorneys, the National Council of School Attorneys, and the American Bar Association. He has been designated by the Martindale-Hubbell rating agency as “AV Preeminent.”
Mr. VanWieren lives in the Lansing area with his wife. Mr. VanWieren’s daughter recently graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and is now in a residency program at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital. His son recently graduated from Hope College and is currently a law student at the University of Michigan Law School. He enjoys spending time in Northern Michigan. He is an ardent supporter of Michigan State University athletics. For many years he and his family have attended St. Martha’s Parish in Okemos.