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Buckman MacDonald & Brown was founded in 1997 with the goal of providing excellent legal service to our community and to change the way many people think about lawyers. For over 20 years, we have grown to be the best full-service boutique firm along Lake Michigan by being relatable and making the law understandable. We partner with our clients and use our expertise, business acumen and common sense to deliver strategic planning, exceptional advice and positive outcomes. We offer individualized attention and focused commitment to our clients’ specific needs by utilizing our diverse and experienced practice areas.  

The attorneys at Buckman MacDonald & Brown are well-known in the West Michigan community and enjoy a reputation for integrity, logic, precision and outstanding advocacy. We are proud to call West Michigan ‘home’ and it shows. Our attorneys and staff are dedicated members of the community, serving on boards of businesses and organizations, as coaches, mentors and teachers, with an aim at investing our talents for the benefit of our neighbors.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Family Law
  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate Planning & Administration

Call 616-827-7301 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Jeffrey W. Buckman

Jeff's areas of practice include business, corporate, and real estate transactions, estate planning, and general civil litigation. Jeff has successfully handled complicated and high profile litigation matters in both State and Federal Courts throughout Michigan, including several multi-million dollar recoveries involving personal injury. He is an experienced trial lawyer with success in complex commercial litigation cases of virtually every type. 

His representative clients range from financial institutions, insurance companies, manufacturers, and a variety of closely-held companies of all sizes, to individual business owners, shareholders, executives, professionals, and other individuals. Jeff knows his way around a courtroom and has had tremendous success on behalf of his clients for decades. Jeff also has an active mediation/alternative dispute resolution practice. 

Jeff has successfully mediated numerous cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Michigan and takes great pride in the fact that an extremely high percentage of the cases he mediates settle as a result of the mediation. Jeff consistently demonstrates dedication, leadership, and going above and beyond to achieve the best interests of his clients and is an accomplished leader in the profession.


Attorney Douglas R. MacDonald

Doug has practiced law in the Holland area since 1985. His practice includes business, corporate, and real estate transactions; business management and operational issues; business entity formation and organizational issues; business ownership issues; commercial and residential leases; business and estate planning; and probate and trust administration. 

Doug graduated from George Washington University National Law Center in 1985 (J.D. with honors). While in law school, Doug served as Managing Editor of the George Washington Journal of International Law & Economics (1984-1985). Previously, Doug completed his undergraduate degree at Alma College in 1982 (B.A. Business Administration & Political Science summa cum laude).


Attorney James O. Brown

Jim has been helping clients since 1980 with matters involving business, real estate, and construction law. He has particular expertise in working with family businesses; including corporations and limited liability companies; condominium developers and owners' associations; commercial and residential real estate developers and building contractors; and landlords and tenants.

Active in the State Bar of Michigan, Jim has served as co-chair of the Real Property Law Section's Special Committee on Condominiums, PUDs, and Cooperatives. Jim is also a speaker on condominiums  and real estate topics.


Attorney Anne L. Tuinstra

Anne is an experienced mediator and litigator, primarily practicing in the areas of Divorce and Family Law; however, she also maintains a busy Civil Litigation, Estate Planning and Business practice. 

Anne is skillful and compassionate as she guides her clients through some of life’s most difficult experiences. Anne’s attentive and sympathetic demeanor combined with her expertise, efficiency and strong work ethic give her clients an immediate sense of trust.  Her knowledge of the law and passion for her clients make her a focused, dedicated advocate. 

Anne graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1997 and earned her law degree from Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law in 2001.  She started her legal career defending workers’ compensation claims and litigating complex banking, real estate and insurance cases. For a number of years in between her years in private practice, Anne enjoyed her role as In-House Counsel for two fast-paced, international companies. However, her passion for working with people and navigating tough circumstances for individual clients brought her back to private practice.

Since 1997, the "Lead Counsel Verified" status has been granted to attorneys who possess:

  • The Right Professional Experience
  • A Spotless Record

The following attorneys at this firm are Lead Counsel Verified:

Jeffrey W. Buckman

Jeffrey W. Buckman

This attorney practices in Michigan and is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

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Litigation and Appeals Since 2022
Personal Injury Since 2022
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Personal Injury Since 2022
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