Attorneys

Vern J. Steffel Jr.

Battle Creek, Michigan

Phone: 269-962-3545
Fax: (269) 964-8661
Email: vsteffel@steffellaw.com

Vern Steffel has been practicing law in Battle Creek, Michigan, for more than 30 years. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and similar publications.

He advises and represents clients in the areas of commercial law, banking, corporate and business planning and transfers, commercial and residential real estate, estate and tax planning, probate administration, and in civil litigation at every level of Michigan state and federal courts.

Vern is active in the State Bar of Michigan, serving as a member of the local panel of the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.

In the community, Vern serves on the Board of Directors of Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center and is a former chairman of the Board of the Family Y Center of Battle Creek.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan

Kent A. Bieberich

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Battle Creek, Michigan

Phone: (269) 962-3545
Fax: (269) 964-8661
Email: kbieberich@steffellaw.com

Kent graduated from the College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1988, where he was on the Law Review. In 1983, Kent obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University.

Kent focuses his practice primarily in commercial and civil litigation, including creditor’s rights, contract disputes and construction liens; business formations, transactions , and succession planning; real estate, including property transfers and representing landlords; probate and estate planning, including wills, trusts, and power of attorneys and social security disability cases.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1995, Kent was first admitted to the bar in Virginia in 1988. He practiced with a small law firm in the Washington D.C. area before joining Steffel and Steffel in 1995. Kent was also admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1991 and the Maryland State Bar in 1994.  Kent is a member of the American Bar Association and  Calhoun County Bar Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors and is a past president.

Kent is involved in the community, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Family Y Center of Battle Creek and Legal Services of South Central Michigan, and various roles at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.  Outside of work, Kent  enjoys running and sailing, and relishes time with his family, including his wife, who is a middle school teacher, and two cool adult daughters.

Year Joined Organization

  • 1995

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law, Business Formation, and Transactions
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Collections and Enforcement of Liens and Judgments
  • Employment Law – Employers
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate
  • Transfer of Liquor LicensesBusiness and Individual Tax Disputes
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Social Security Disability

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • Virginia, 1988, District of Columbia, 1991, and Maryland, 1994 -(inactive status)

Education

  • The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1988 J.D. Honors: Law Review
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1983 Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) Honors: Cum Laude Honors: Honors College

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Calhoun County Bar Association Member, Board of Directors (Past President, Vice President, & Secretary)
  • State Bar of Michigan Member, Estate Planning and Probate Section,  Representative Assembly (past member)
  • American Bar Association Member
  • Virginia State Bar Member