Our Professionals

Bankruptcy law in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

James R. Oppenhuizen

James R. Oppenhuizen, Bankruptcy Attorney

Jim is a member of Oppenhuizen Law Firm, PLC, focusing his practice on bankruptcy, insolvency matters as well as various international law focused on doing business outside the United States, securities and start-up matters and investment-based immigration.  Jim is a graduate of Calvin College and received his law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2005. He is admitted to practice in the Michigan State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the State Bar of Michigan, and is a frequent presenter on bankruptcy and insolvency issues.  Jim also has spoken on international law, artificial intelligence, geopolitical security and strategy, alongside Benedetta Berti, Ph.D., Head of Policy and Planning in the Office of the Secretary General of NATO at the 2019 Globsec Bratislava Forum.

Person gray photo placeholder woman in T-shirt on gray background

Sarah R. Reiniche - Bankruptcy Paralegal

Sarah is our paralegal. She has over 20 years of experience as a bankruptcy paralegal. In that time, she has helped countless individuals and families address the difficulty of handling debt. She has an extensive background in helping individuals and families complete their chapter 13 plans by helping address significant changes in their lives during their chapter 13 plans. She has long standing relationships with the chapter 13 trustees’ staff members, which allows for open, honest and effective communication. Strong communication with the trustees’ offices is essential to effectively use chapter 13 to solve financial difficulties. Sarah also has extensive experience assisting clients in chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Sarah cannot provide legal advice, but has a depth of knowledge that serves our clients well and makes our representation of you as efficient and effective as possible.