Michelle F. Kitch,
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Practice Areas

 Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions

Michigan

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Sixth Circuit Court of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan Grand Rapids Bar Association, Western Michigan Federal Bar Association

Education

University of Michigan, 1980
Detroit College of Law, 1983

Michelle F. Kitch graduated from the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending the University of Michigan, she studied at Oxford University, New College in Oxford, England in 1979. Ms. Kitch attended the Detroit College of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1983. Michelle started her career working in the property insurance defense area, successfully trying many arson, fraud and subrogation cases; Michelle continues to handle property insurance matters.

Michelle’s practice grew to include handling the defense of most personal injury cases and successfully trying various types of personal injury actions including dram shop, no-fault, product liability and premises liability cases. Michelle served as National Coordinating Counsel for a Fortune 500 corporation, for approximately 10 years, working on large, complex and sensitive personal injury legal matters.

Michelle has been admitted to State Bar of Michigan, United States District Court (Eastern and Western Divisions), United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit and Pro Hac Vice admissions in the states of Oklahoma, Ohio, New York and Indiana. Michelle is an ICLE trained facilitator serving as a court appointed facilitator in state and federal court. Michelle also serves as a Case Evaluator in Kent County Circuit Court and Wayne County Circuit Court. Michelle is the Vice Chair of the Voluntary Facilitative Advisory Committee (“VFM”) for the United States District Court, Western District, working with Federal Judges and attorneys to effectuate policy and procedure for the VFM program..

Michelle is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Grand Rapids Bar Association and Western Michigan Federal Bar Association, as well as other professional associations. In 2007, she was selected as a “Super Lawyer” in the State of Michigan. Michelle was a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer position) for 10 years working with children who are wards of the Court in abuse and neglect cases. She was nominated for the “Governor’s Service Award” in 2008. Michelle’s aggressive approach to effectively litigate cases allows her to serve clients with passion and dedication, working hard to protect our client’s best interests.

Contact
mkitch@vanhewpc.com
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ph 616-949-5700
Fax 616-949-5704