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Wayne Roberts Named Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year in Two Tax Categories

By: Bodman PLC


Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Wayne D. Roberts of the firm’s Grand Rapids Office has achieved the rare distinction of being named a Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in two separate categories in the same year.

The Best Lawyers in America, one of the nation’s leading guides to top business lawyers, has named Roberts the 2023 Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law and for Litigation and Controversy – Tax. The Lawyer of the Year designation reflects a particularly high level of respect a lawyer has earned among his or her peers for legal ability, professionalism, and integrity.

Roberts is co-chair of Bodman’s Business Tax Group. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2013 based on an extensive peer-review process that reflects the opinions of leading practitioners in the lawyer’s same geographic region and practice specialty.   “Lawyer of the Year” recognition is reserved for lawyers who received unusually strong endorsements through the peer-review process.

Roberts has garnered a total of seven Lawyer of the Year awards. In addition to his recognition for 2023, he was named Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year for Tax Law in 2021, 2017 and 2014 and Grand Lawyer of the Year for Litigation and Controversy-Tax in 2022 and 2017.

He has more than 20 years of experience as both a tax lawyer and a certified public accountant. Roberts focuses his legal practice on corporate, business and individual tax planning and federal, state and local tax controversies. He chairs the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Tax Committee and is a past chair of the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section and the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections. Roberts is affiliated with many leading professional and civic organizations including the Grand Rapids Bar Association, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, among others.

Roberts is a frequent writer and presenter on tax law and related topics and had serves as an adjunct faculty member at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Walsh College.

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