Joseph D. Hess is an associate in the Grand Rapids office of Barnes & Thornburg, where he is a member of the firm's Corporate Department and Private Client Services Practice Group.
Joseph focuses his practice on:
- Corporate counseling and advising on transactions for privately owned and publically traded companies
- Estate planning
- Representing physicians, dentists, orthodontists, ophthalmologists, surgeons, and related specialists in practice purchases and sales and ongoing business advice
Joseph counsels and represents businesses in governance matters, mergers and acquisitions on the buy and sell side, commercial business transactions, and commercial and real estate financing. Joseph also has broad-based employment law experience and navigates corporate clients through issues arising under federal and state-law discrimination and wage and hour statutes. He also is particularly adept in drafting restrictive covenants for executive and management-level employees and representing clients in restrictive covenant disputes.
Joseph works on estate plans of all sizes. He works with clients to identify planning goals, options for achieving their goals, and action steps post-execution of estate plan documents to achieve the planning goals. Client needs differ from family to family, and he takes pride in developing customized estate plans and wealth management strategies that address each family's personal objectives.
Doctors and Health Care Practice Entities
Joseph assists doctors with regard to forming, buying, and selling practice entities, negotiating employment agreements, and providing day-to-day advice for running practice entities. Joseph also develops customized employment templates, including handbooks and employment offer letters, for existing or new practice entities. He works with recent graduates seeking their first jobs and practice purchase opportunities, as well as seasoned doctors looking to implement a succession plan leading towards retirement or an outright sale of a practice.
During law school, Joseph was president of the UDM Federal Bar Association.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Development Committee for the Grand Rapids Young Professionals organization
Member, Internal Affairs Committee of Blandford Nature Center
Volunteer coach, Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School boys' varsity soccer