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When Kent County chooses its judges this fall, two spots will go to someone new to the bench. This year we have an opportunity to choose a candidate who has more civil trial experience than most lawyers. Stephen Willison has been in courtrooms all over the state trying cases and arguing motions for nearly 25 years. In fact, during that time he has appeared in 43 of Michigan’s 57 Circuit Courts and has tried more than 30 civil jury trials and argued hundreds of motions. To read more about this broad experience, click here.
Trying times, like these, require the calm hand of experienced leadership. Stephen Willison has that experience. He has run small businesses for nearly 20 years. He has served on boards. He has lead litigation teams. He has lead his entire life. As a youth, he almost always held some leadership position in his clubs and activities. He was a leader in the Michigan Marching Band and President of his Law Fraternity. As an associate attorney he was placed on special teams. He has been a national speaker, a published author, a guest instructor and an award-winning investigator. Kent County will choose new judges this year, but that doesn’t have to mean judges who are new to making tough calls at critical times. With Willison we can choose experience. We can choose proven leadership.
Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” If that is true, Stephen Willison has certainly built a life to remember! As a parent volunteer, business leader and a man who deeply cherishes his faith, volunteering and involvement have been his lifestyle. From his willingness to serve now all the way back to his service as a student, Stephen Willison has always used what he has to help those around him. If you want more details of just some of the activities that commitment to service has involved over the years, click here.
You cannot get to know Stephen Willison without knowing about his family. He and his wife of 23 years, Kimberly, are the parents of nine children. Currently, they have three in college, three in high school and three more from 2nd grade down. If you have watched the "Stories from Home" series of videos they put out this Spring, you can start to get a flavor of what their life is like.