Attorney and Counselor in Grand Rapids Michigan

Joshua J. Tanis, Partner

Born and raised in West Michigan, Mr. Tanis received his undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy — from Grand Valley State University with honors.

Mr. Tanis graduated cum laude from the Thomas Cooley Law School and focuses his practice in the areas of divorce and custody, criminal defense, contracts, estate planning and general civil litigation.

He currently holds memberships with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association and the Federal Court‘s Western District of Michigan.


Steven D. Schultz, Partner

Mr. Schultz received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University before graduating from Michigan State University‘s Detroit College of Law.

Mr. Schultz has extensive experience in the areas of workers‘ compensation, social security disability, automobile and No-Fault litigation, nationwide insurance subrogation, corporate law, contracts, creditor‘s rights and general civil litigation — at both the district and circuit court levels.

Mr. Schultz holds memberships with the Workers‘ Compensation Section of the State Bar, the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Federal Court‘s Western District of Michigan.

When not working, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, boating, playing competitive sports and traveling.


James M. Scozzari, Associate Attorney

Born and raised in New York, Mr. Scozzari received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SUNY Stony Brook University in New York.

Mr. Sozzari then moved to Grand Rapids to attend the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and focuses his practice areas in personal injury, corporate law, insurance law, criminal defense, employment law, contracts, and appellate practice.

He currently holds memberships to the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Federal Court's Western District of Michigan.


Matthew T. Berry, Associate Attorney

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree in English, with an emphasis on Language & Literature and a minor in Writing, from Grand Valley State University.

Matt graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. While in law school, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Journal and a Senior Associate Editor for Law Review. His practice areas include, but are not limited to, criminal defense, civil litigation, family law, contracts, commercial litigation, personal injury, estate planning, appellate practice, and business law.

Matt currently holds memberships in the State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids Bar Association, and the Federal Court’s Western District of Michigan.

When not working, Matt enjoys backpacking, hiking, running, snowboarding, mountain climbing, camping, kayaking, reading, live music, and spending time with his family.


Elizabeth A. Yard, Associate Attorney

Ms. Yard was born in Michigan and attended school in Minnesota. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hamline University, and received her law degree from Hamline University School of Law. During law school, Ms. Yard competed on the Mock Trial team, and completed a clerkship at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Ms. Yard returned home to Grand Rapids to practice law. She has litigation experience, and focuses her practice on workers’ compensation and social security disability. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan, and also holds Federal licenses including the District of Minnesota, Central District of Illinois, and the Western District of Michigan.

When she isn’t working, Beth volunteers as a mock trial coach at Caledonia High School. She also enjoys travel, boating, and spending time with her family.