In the midst of Grand Rapids' thriving entertainment district, a new law firm quietly opened its doors last week and the owners can't wait to become fixtures in this neighborhood of change.
Bloom Sluggett Morgan
(15 Ionia Ave. SW) chose to put down roots in the growing Heartside neighborhood next to the Van Andel Arena because of its vitality.
"We really wanted to be in the middle of everything," says Crystal Morgan, a partner in the firm with Cliff Bloom and Jeff Sluggett. "It feels very positive and all the restaurants give us an opportunity to get out into the community and to bring clients to a fun area."
Morgan says that, although the firm just launched, the three partners and attorney Richard Butler have some 75 years' experience in general municipal law -- a niche market of government, municipal and public sector clients. In addition to the municipal law background of each attorney, Morgan says Bloom is an expert in riparian law and Butler has library law expertise.
The 2,500-square-foot office on the sixth floor has a traditional loft feel with high ceilings and exposed-brick walls.
"West Michigan is a growing area and there are a lot of exciting [municipal] projects," Morgan says. "Though cities are strapped for money, they're really looking for ways to share services and survive in this economy. We're here to stay; we're dedicated to the area and to our clients."
Source: Crystal Morgan, Bloom Sluggett Morgan; Andrea Snyder, STUDIO3TWENTY
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor