Grand Rapids

171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694
P 616-742-3930
F 616-742-3999

Community Involvement

BTLaw Grand Rapids 10 YearWhen we relocated our Grand Rapids office to 171 Monroe Ave. N.W., we partnered with Grand Rapids Public Schools elementary students and commissioned them to prepare several pieces of artwork for our new office. Their cheerful art now graces our lobby. Our most recent partnership with GRPS has been working with the fifth-grade students at Burton Elementary to see which budding Picasso could design artwork for our 10th anniversary invitation. First place is pictured here to the right.

Celebrating Community

Barnes & Thornburg attorneys have strong roots in the Grand Rapids community, as is demonstrated by our commitment to local nonprofit organizations.

Over the past 10 years, the Grand Rapids office of Barnes & Thornburg has proudly supported financially and through in-kind giving (including legal services and volunteerism) the following organizations:

ACG Western Michigan
American Heart Association
Aquinas College
Big Brothers Big Sisters
BISSELL Pet Foundation
Broadway Grand Rapids
Calvin College
Cherry Street Health Services
Child Development Service of Ottawa County
D.A. Blodgett
Davenport University
Economic Club of Grand Rapids
Frederik Meijer Gardens
Gerald R. Ford Council
Gilda’s Club
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids Ballet
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Grand Rapids Lions Club
Grand Rapids Oral Deaf
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Public Schools (Cesar Chavez & Burton Elementary)  
Grand Rapids Urban League
Grand Valley State University
Gratiot Medical Center

Great Lakes Junior Achievement
Greater Grand Rapids Catholic
Educational Foundation
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Hillman Advocacy
Hospice of Holland
Justice Foundation of West Michigan
Kent County Literacy Council
Kids Against Hunger, West Michigan Chapter
Kids’ Food Basket
Lax Cares
Legal Aid of Western Michigan
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan
Olivet College
Opera Grand Rapids
Pilgrim Manor
The Rapid
The Right Place
United Way
Wedgwood Christian Services
West Michigan Aviation Academy
West Michigan Legal Aid
West Michigan Sports Commission
Wings of Mercy


Summer 2014

Students Spend Day at Science Center

The firm sponsored a field trip for Burton Elementary students to visit the Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing, Michigan. We were touched by the thank you cards received from the students.





11/5/2013Gaga Court

Taking Ga-Ga To A New Level

Barnes & Thornburg is proud to be partnering in 2013-2014 with Burton Elementary School in Grand Rapids for a Campaign of Giving. Our attorneys and staff are rolling up their sleeves inside and outside the classroom by helping the students grow, play, learn, exercise and be respectful of the world around them. We are excited to be volunteering and providing financial support and in-kind donations.

At the beginning of the school year, Barnes & Thornburg presented the school with a Ga-Ga court, pictured at right. Ga-Ga is a popular schoolyard game similar to dodgeball. The firm has also donated school uniforms, shirts, socks and undergarments for the students.

Burton Elementary is a neighborhood language center home to more than 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and is proud to offer native language and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to its diverse group of students.




Burton Elementary School

Burton Elementary Students Keep Cool During Field Day

As part of the firm's Campaign of Giving, the Grand Rapids office treated students at Burton Elementary School to ice cream during the school’s end-of-the-year field day activities. From ice cream sandwiches to red, white and blue ice pops, the frozen treats provided students with a convenient (and delicious) way to keep cool after a hard day of being active in the sun.

Burton Elementary School is a neighborhood Language Arts Center in Grand Rapids. In 2013, Barnes & Thornburg formed a partnership with Burton as part of the firm's 10th anniversary in Michigan. As part of the partnership, attorneys and staff are helping Burton students and teachers during 2013 with activities inside and outside of the classroom. The firm is proud to partner with Burton and support the school with volunteerism, various gifts in-kind and financial donations.