THE BEGINNING

1903 was a remarkable year.  Motor vehicle enthusiasts held the first transcontinental auto race from San Francisco to New York City.  On July 4th President Theodore Roosevelt sent the first official message over the new Pacific Cable from his home in Oyster Bay, New York to Governor Taft in the Philippine Islands. In October, American and National League teams played the first World Series baseball game in Boston.  The United States concluded a treaty with the new nation of Panama that opened the way for the construction of a canal between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  Marie Curie became the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize when she was recognized for her work with a phenomenon she named radioactivity.  William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson began making and selling motorcycles.  On the windswept sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina two brothers from Ohio flew the first airplane.  And in Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford, James Couzens, and the Dodge brothers formed the Ford Motor Company. 

That same year, Fred L. Vandeveer, a young attorney, moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Michigan at the request of a client.  There he started a law practice.

THE PAST

The law firm that Fred Vandeveer started in Michigan in 1903 flourished. The history of that firm, now known as Vandeveer Garzia, has been characterized by an expertise in all aspects of litigation, from the simplest lawsuit to the most sophisticated and complex commercial or technical dispute.  We have always been known for our exceptional conflict resolution capabilities. Over the years, those capabilities, as well as loyalty, perseverance and integrity have become the cornerstones of the firm.

THE PRESENT

Today, the attorneys of Vandeveer Garzia still represent the same client that Fred Vandeveer began representing when he first came to Michigan. We still endeavor to form long-lasting relationships with our clients through personal contact and aggressive representation.
 
Our clients include individuals, major public corporations, new and emerging firms, insurance companies, municipal corporations, governmental agencies and private or closely-held corporations.

Vandeveer Garzia uses a team concept in providing legal services.  Each team consists of a leader who is an expert in a particular area of the law along with associate attorneys and support personnel.  This approach enables us to channel our collective expertise to provide the client with maximum results and real value.

THE ATTORNEYS

Vandeveer Garzia attorneys have expertise in virtually all legal specialties and concentrations.  Every one of our attorneys represents clients in the courtroom.  Our attorneys are active members in the legal community.  They have served in prominent positions within that community.  In addition, our attorneys are appointed to serve as mediators and case evaluators.

We continually hone our legal skills.  Our attorneys regularly attend and participate in continuing legal education including lectures, seminars, and in-house training sessions.

Our attorneys also present seminars, moderate educational conferences and conduct training sessions in various areas of the law for clients and industry groups.  

The attorneys of Vandeveer Garzia have been recognized for high professional standards and ethics.  The firm has received the coveted “AV” rating, the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell program, a process in which other attorneys rate law firms and their fellow attorneys.  The firm is regularly included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

THE FUTURE

We look to the future with energy and enthusiasm.  We believe that our stability and our position in the legal community will be derived not only from the quality of our legal work, but also from its value.  We stand ready to meet the needs of our clients in a constantly changing legal environment. 

Like today, our offices will always feature the latest advancements in accounting, word processing, litigation support and information technology in order to serve our clients as efficiently as possible. 

In the past, we combined a progressive, innovative spirit with traditional values. We intend to do the same in the future.

The tradition of excellence will continue.