Charissa is an attorney who helps real people, ordinary families, and businesspeople seeking practical solutions.
Charissa represents people who are survivors of sexual harassment and abuse, discrimination, and retaliation at work and school. Charissa provides her clients with honest assessments of their best legal options during times of uncertainty and crisis. Depending on the goals and needs of each client, sometimes this means aggressively pursuing legal action against employers or others who have abused their positions of power, in state and federal courts. Other times this means negotiating the terms of severance agreements, or fair compensation for what her clients have had to go through. Charissa has represented employees of small and large businesses, public and private educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Charissa holds a special interest in civil rights, and she has advocated for people at all stages of life including kids and teens, those new to the workforce and young professionals, and seasoned professionals and executives.
Families who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others in catastrophic accidents turn to Charissa to pursue their legal interests. Since 2016, Charissa has been recognized every year as a “Rising Star” in the area of personal injury by Super Lawyers magazine, which is an honor conferred upon only the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Michigan who are either under the age of 40 or within their first 10 years of practice. Charissa and her legal team have had the privilege of obtaining substantial justice for numerous Michigan families who have lost their loved ones in wrongful death cases, including compensation in the millions of dollars to surviving family members.
Charissa also serves as trusted counsel for a variety of business clients in complex commercial litigation matters. She is well-versed in both defending against and pursuing claims related to breach of contract, tortious interference with business relationships, defamation, conversion, and fraud in state and federal courts. Charissa’s business clients have included local and international manufacturing companies and distributors, law firms, financial institutions, and proprietors of small businesses.
Charissa is passionate about giving back to the West Michigan community. Charissa has served as pro bono counsel through the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan’s pro bono case assignment panel. Charissa also serves as a member of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors, and the Grand Rapids Pride Center Board of Directors.