• Joel’s work at Cunningham Dalman is primarily in the areas of real estate, corporate law, and assisting owners of small businesses. “I enjoy helping business owners in Holland and around Michigan from the start-up stage to taking on new partners, to sale and disposition, to complex transactions such as mergers and minority shareholder force-outs,” Joel said.

    His ability to understand and assist entrepreneurs is enhanced by his own experience acquiring and turning around a small manufacturing company and selling it to a multinational firm. His work in real estate involves transaction work such as sales, leases and exchanges, along with resolving all types of real estate disputes, including disagreements among condominium associations and defending lakefront property rights. Joel is an expert in corporate law and is a skilled environmental attorney.


    • Juris Doctor degree, University of Michigan
    • Bachelor of Arts degree, Hope College

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  • Professional Associations and Memberships

    • State Bar of Michigan
    • American Bar Association

    Honors & Awards

    • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
    • Doctor of Humane Letters degree, Hope College (honoris causa)


  • Volunteer Associations and Memberships

    • Reformed Church Growth Fund Inc., vice president
    • Hope College, board of tustees and chairman
    • Camp Geneva, board of trustees (former)
    • Resthaven, board of trustees (former)
    • Christ Memorial Church, former consistory

    Hobbies and Community Activities

    • Reading
    • Bicycling
    • Boating
    • Spending time with eight grandchildren