Robert B. Aardema

Robert B. Aardema
AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent

Founding Partner, since 2001
Phone: (616) 575-2060
Fax: (616) 575-2080
Email: Email Me

Bob has been practicing law for over 30 years. He has tried approximately 200 cases in the areas of auto negligence, 1st party PIP defense, wrongful death, medical malpractice, premises liability and errors & omissions. He has been selected as an arbitrator in binding arbitration. He has also served as a case evaluator for many years. Bob is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Bob has been selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer in Personal Injury defense in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have obtained a high degree of peer recognition and professional accomplishment.

He is also an invited member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the right to civil jury trial provided by the seventh amendment to the United States Constitution.

He is a former member of American Inns of Court, an organization designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar.

Bob has the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell: AV® Preeminent™5.0 out of 5.

Year Joined Organization:

  • 2001

Areas of Practice:

  • Litigation Defense
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • 1st Party PIP Defense
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Facilitative Mediation

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan, 1982


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 1982
  • Kalamazoo College, 1978

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Instructor, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • American Insurance Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute of America
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Past Employment Positions:

  • Bensinger, Cotant, Menkes & Aardema, PC, Grand Rapids, 1984 - 2001

Birth Information:

  • 1952

From our office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we provide high quality legal counsel to people throughout the Lower Peninsula, Upper Peninsula and Western Michigan, including the cities of Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Cheboygan, St. Joseph, Detroit, Battle Creek, Flint, Manistee, Jackson, Muskegon, Allegan, Petoskey, Ludington, Mt. Pleasant, Big Rapids, Traverse City, Gladwin, Midland, Alma, Alpena, and Bay City.