Construction Law
   Commercial Litigation
   Contract Preparation/Review

Professional History

   2008 - Present:

    Hilger Hammond,Grand Rapids, Michigan

   1991 - 2008:

    Rhoades McKee, Grand Rapids, Michigan

   1982 - 1991:

    Gray, Harris & Robinson, P.A., Orlando, Florida


   University of Florida

  Gainesville, FL, B.S.

   Case Western Reserve University College of Law

  Cleveland, OH, J.D.


   State Bar of Michigan & Florida

   American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators

   U.S. District Court, Eastern & Western Districts of Michigan, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Indiana, 6th  Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court

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

Steve Hilger has been actively involved mediating and arbitrating construction law and related cases involving Owners, Developers, Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, Architects, Engineers and Consultants in many different Midwest, Southern and Western states as well as abroad. His cases have ranged from simple construction issues to complex commercial, municipal and industrial projects involving breach of contract, payment, lien, bonding, delay, acceleration, compression, interference, indemnity, builder’s trust, code compliance, change orders, change directives, material selection, material compliance, scheduling, sequencing, design, design development, default, termination, unforeseen site conditions and a multitude of other construction related issues. Steve is very familiar with the Construction Industry Rules of the American Arbitration Association as well as other trade rules on arbitration. Steve has been on the American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators for over twenty years and has conducted private arbitrations as well.

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.


   Named Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law 2014

   2011 - 2014 The Best Lawyers in America

   The Fellows of the Michigan State Bar

   AV rated Attorney by Martindale & Hubbell

   Named “Super Lawyer” 2006 – 2013

Leadership and Management

   Associated Builders and Contractors, West Michigan Chapter, Board Member (2013- )

   Associated General Contractors of America, Michigan Chapter, Legal Advisory Committee - Co-Chair

   American Subcontractors Association, West Michigan Chapter, Charter Board Member 2005-2011

   Construction Financial Management Association

Teaching Experience

   Cooley Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law

   Case Western Reserve University College of Law

   University of Central Florida


   Music: Founder & leader of The Steve Hilger Band and The Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet

   Archery: Eight national titles

   Photography: Cover Photos in multiple magazines




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