Don H. Passenger

Litigation Attorney

Areas of Practice

Complex Litigation
 Real Estate
 Easement, Subdivision, Condominium and Commercial Development Law
 Business Disputes and Formation
 Creditor’s Rights
 Waterfront, Riparian and Littoral Rights
 Construction Liens
 General Practice
 Burn Injuries
 Bicycle Law

Litigation Percentage

50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
 50% of Practice Devoted to Real Estate, Business and Other Practice

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1986
 U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan 1986


University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
 J.D. – 1986

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
 B.S.N.R. – 1983

Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
 A.A. – 1981

Caledonia High School, Caledonia, Michigan
 Graduate – 1978

Published Works

Ring in the New Year with Old Technology, Michigan State Bar Journal, 2003
with co-author Jeff Kirkey, Institute of Continuing Legal Education director of Technology

Un-canned Spam – Getting it Back in the Tin, Michigan State Bar Journal, 2003
with co-author Jeff Kirkey, Institute of Continuing Legal Education director of Technology

Technical editor for numerous published books on technology including in the areas of effective use of Windows operating systems, digital photography, web design, and office suites.

Classes / Seminars

Michigan Association of Housing Officials (MAHO) Speaker on Municipal Code Enforcement, Summer 2018 

Michigan Court Officer, Deputy Sheriff & Process Servers Association (MCODSA), Presenter on General Civil Matters and Process of Service, April 2018

Drug Recognition Experts in Drugged and Drunk Driving Cases, August 2017, Michigan District Judges Association Annual Conference

Technology Moderator, ICLE Small Business Technology, State Bar Annual Meeting

Sixty Technology Tips in Sixty Minutes, State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting

Select Landlord-Tenant Issues, Michigan Supreme Court Annual Judicial Conference, May 2006

Developing Your Own Website, Grand Rapids Bar Association, June 1997

Unraveling the Web, A Basic Internet Seminar, Grand Rapids Bar Association, June 1997

Don H. Passenger (Don) is the newest addition to the firm, handling complex litigation in federal and state courts. Don returns to private practice after serving as a District Court Judge for over 20 years, presiding over hundreds of trials and thousands of motions. As a leader in his court, he served as the Chief Judge Pro-Tem for 12 years. He was also considered a leader-among-judicial-leaders statewide as he was chosen by his peers for a six-year stint on the Michigan District Judges executive committee, culminating in his selection as President in 2012.

In 2015, the City Attorney of Grand Rapids invited him to join her Enforcement Division where his energetic personality and thorough preparation worked to the people’s advantage in dozens of jury trials and hundreds of non-jury trials.

Don always stays active and involved in the legal and non-legal communities. He serves on ICLE's Technology Law and Training Advisory Board and has been a frequent presenter on many topics for the State Bar of Michigan, ICLE, the Supreme Court Administrative Office, and the Michigan Judicial Institute. Don was selected by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the Collections Advisory Subcommittee. He has been active for many years in a variety of organizations in the West Michigan community. For over twenty years, Don served as a volunteer staff member at the Great Lakes Burn Camp where he worked with pediatric burn survivors as they regained self-esteem and confidence in a camp setting.

Don served as an adjunct professor at Davenport University in the Computer Information Systems and Legal Studies Departments from 1999 to 2003. He has served Davenport University for over 15 years as a member of its paralegal advisory team. In that role, he helped the program pass accreditation review twice. He has also been hired as the technical editor on dozens of published technology books.

Some of his past and present clients include:

  • The United States Marshal for the Western District of Michigan
  • Old Kent Bank and Trust
  • Caledonia Community Schools
  • Dozens of Credit Unions and Community Banks
  • The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
  • Hundreds of Small Businesses, Partnerships, LLC’s and Corporations
  • Saskatoon Golf Club
  • Doctors, Dentists, Chiropractors, Travel Agencies and other professionals
  • McDonald Plumbing
  • Seif and Sons Chevrolet
  • Hundreds of farmers
  • Robt. Grooters Development