The only academic award Hal Ostrow ever won was for legal negotiation – a skill he still uses every day. In the 12 years since he graduated from law school, Hal has resolved hundreds of disputes and formed dozens of companies. Hal’s experience in negotiation and dispute resolution is the foundation for much of the advice he offers startups and small businesses. He is a strong proponent of anticipating and avoiding issues before they arise, and of listening to his clients needs and circumstances, and customizing a solution to fit them. Hal has helped form dozens of companies throughout Michigan and routinely offers counsel to business owners on a wide range of matters – everything from formation to interaction with employees, independent contractors, and third parties, to merger, acquisition, or dissolution.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hal began practicing law in Michigan after completing a clerkship with Judge Paul L. Maloney in 2002. Prior to founding The Ostrow Law Firm PLC in early 2011, Hal was an attorney at one of the oldest law firms in Grand Rapids. In 2010 and again in 2012, he was voted by his peers as one of the top lawyers under 40 in the area of business law. Hal serves on numerous non-profit boards and enjoys coordinating local alumni activities for the University of Pittsburgh. Although he has lived in Michigan for over 12 years, he remains an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Panthers, as are his two sons (somewhat to his Michigan-native wife’s chagrin.)
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