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Steven E. Bratschie

Steven was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but has lived primarily in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, his entire life. Steven graduated in 1980 with a bachelor of arts with a double major, (english and business administration) from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and received a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, in 1983 from University of Detroit School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Steven joined the law firm of Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, P.C., in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he became a partner and remained until the fall of 1997. Steven chaired the firm’s Creditor’s Rights Group for the time period 1993-1997. Steven then joined the law firm of McShane & Bowie P.L.C., as a partner until he left to start Steven E. Bratschie & Associates, P.C. (nka Bratschie & Born, P.C.) in late 1999. Steven is admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Michigan (state, federal, and bankruptcy) and is also a licenced real estate broker. Steven has also served on the Board of Directors for The Dwelling Place, Inc. , a large nonprofit, low income housing organization; and Camp Blodgett, a camp for underprivileged children. Steven is married with four children. 

Michelle Born-Fischer

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Michelle was born and raised in West Michigan and is proud to work in both Grand Rapids and Greenville, Michigan. She graduated from East Kentwood High School and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies from Grand Valley State University in 1998. At Grand Valley, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Award for 1997. After graduating from Grand Valley, Michelle worked for the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office for three years before attending law school. Michelle received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey in 2004. While in law school, Michelle received the Dean Merit Scholarship each year of her attendance. She was also fortunate enough to study law under the late United States Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist for a summer in Europe. After graduating from law school, Michelle first practiced in the areas of Bankruptcy and Family Law. Her practice has since focused on Business Banking, Creditors Rights, Complex Consumer and Commercial Litigation. Michelle joined Steven E. Bratschie & Associates in 2006 and became a partner of Bratschie & Born, P.C in 2014. Michelle volunteered as a victim advocate for the Ottawa and Kent County Sheriff Departments for many years and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Kent County. She currently volunteers on the finance review committee for Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW). Michelle served on the Board of Directors and as legal council for the Wyoming Kentwood Chamber of Commerce from 2012- 2022. During that time, Michelle was awarded the Gerald E. Fessel Distinguished Service Award for her work at the chamber. 

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