Attorneys & Staff

Stephen A. Hilger

Attorney Steve HilgerSteve is engaged in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law, has tried many cases in multiple state courts, and has appeared in state courts of appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Courts, United States District Courts of Appeal, and multiple arbitration tribunals across the country.  

Steve is also involved in extensive contract preparation and review including contracts in the construction industry, material purchase orders, vendor agreements, documents involving the Uniform Commercial Code, licensing agreements, and multiple other commercial contracts and related documents. In addition, he is routinely involved in extensive negotiation of transactions and agreements, as well as pre and post litigation mediation.  The remainder of Steve’s practice involves in-depth participation and the making of recommendations for business decisions and business strategies, as well as assisting in regulatory compliance and promoting and developing best practices.


Benjamin H. Hammond

Attorney Ben HammondA significant portion of Ben's practice concerns construction law where he is routinely engaged in complex litigation. Ben's clients are representative of all parties involved in construction, including owners,design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. The remainder of Ben's practice involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation.





Aileen M. Leipprandt

Attorney Aileen LeipprandtAileen practices in the areas of commercial and real estate litigation and construction law. She has represented a variety of clients in these areas, including developers, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, manufacturers, governmental agencies, insurers, and suppliers. For the past 20 years, she has been a lecturer and author on topics involving contract and construction law including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bidding on Public Works, Public Works Act, MIOSHA Compliance, the Michigan Construction Lien Act, and the Builders Trust Fund Act. Aileen assists clients with transactional and litigation needs, including contract review, preparation, and negotiation, and pre-suit claims evaluation and facilitation.


Mark A. Rysberg

Attorney Mark RysbergMark practices in the areas of commercial litigation with an emphasis on serving the construction, real estate, and business industries. Having worked in the commercial construction and real estate industries for over ten years before practicing law gives Mark added insight into how to work with his clients as a business advisor and legal advocate.


Suzanne P. Sutherland

Suzanne SutherlandMuch of Suzanne’s practice concerns commercial litigation serving clients in the construction industry, including owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Suzanne routinely counsels clients on business law matters, as well as commercial and residential real estate transactions. The remainder of Suzanne’s practice involves environmental law, with an emphasis on compliance with regulatory agencies.

Daniel J. Hatch

Dan practices in the areas of construction law, commercial and residential real estate transactions, business law, and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in conducting comprehensive analysis on complicated legal issues.