Meeting Your Legal Needs With Sound Advice & Creative Solutions

Williams Hughes, PLLC

120 West Apple Avenue Muskegon, Michigan 49440 (231) 726-4857

About Williams Hughes, PLLC

A full service law firm located in Muskegon, Michigan, Williams Hughes, PLLC is devoted to providing the highest level of professional advice and legal representation for businesses, governments, and individuals throughout West Michigan.

Our mission is to deliver exceptional value to our clients by providing the highest quality of legal services in an efficient manner that enables clients to secure cost-effective and creative solutions for problems big and small.

Experienced, trusted and knowledgeable, the attorneys of Williams Hughes have the skills and understanding to address all your legal needs.


Our History

The attorneys of Williams Hughes have been a mainstay of the West Michigan legal community since 1972, when the firm was known as Marcus, Ruck, Halbower and Flynn. Over the years, the firm’s name and focus has changed, but its traditions of client and community service have not. The firm prides itself on its ability to anticipate and meet each client’s needs efficiently and effectively.

Williams Hughes attorneys take a flexible approach to the practice of law and bring a balanced perspective to their representation of clients. This practice style allows clients to easily adapt and thrive in today’s constantly shifting political, business and legal environment.

The attorneys of Williams Hughes, PLLC share a love of learning that is reflected both in their past educational achievements and in their continued commitment to developing and honing their legal skills. Firm attorneys hold degrees from a range of disciplines including a Master of Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting. This interdisciplinary education provides the broad, balanced perspective and flexibility clients have come to rely upon.

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Our Practice Areas

Williams Hughes is one of the most trusted law firms in the West Michigan area in the field of municipal law. Our attorneys stay up-to-date and involved in the latest issues affecting local governments, and act as trusted counselors for the hard-working people running our local municipalities. Whether large or small, local governments know that the attorneys at Williams Hughes will provide sound advice in an efficient manner and at a reasonable cost.

We are honored to represent the County of Muskegon, the City of Norton Shores, the City of Muskegon Heights, the Charter Township of Muskegon, Casnovia Township, Claybanks Township and the Village of Hesperia, among others.

Williams Hughes attorneys have extensive experience in the field of labor & employment law. Whether you are negotiating with a union, arbitrating a grievance, filing a complaint for discrimination or dealing with a wrongful discharge, Williams Hughes can help you achieve the best possible result.

Businesses face a wide range of legal issues in today's market. Williams Hughes attorneys can help you to navigate those issues. Our firm can help you protect your assets by forming a corporation, a limited liability company or a limited partnership, Our attorneys can give you invaluable advice on contractual matters and protect your rights in court.

Williams Hughes attorneys have extensive experience representing companies and individuals in landlord/tenant and land contract forfeiture matters. Whether you need to evict a problem tenant, protect your rights against a landlord, or need advice to protect your interests, our firm can help you achieve success.

Ensure that your wishes are carried out and that your heirs will be provided for physically, emotionally, and financially. A well drafted estate plan will ensure that your estate passes to whom you want and when you want, will be administered in the manner you have chosen, and at the least cost.

Depending on your circumstances and desires, there are options available to help enhance and maintain your estate and maximize its value for you and your family.

It is very important to keep the following in mind:
• No matter your net worth, it is important to have a basic estate plan in place.
• An estate plan has several elements including a will, power of attorney, and a living will or healthcare.
• Take inventory of your assets.
• EVERYBODY needs a will.
• Trusts aren’t just for the wealthy.
• Discuss your estate plans with your heirs to help prevent dispute later on.

Contact us today to help get your affairs in order.

Williams Hughes promises people who have been charged with a federal or state crime that no one will find more professional, aggressive, skilled and reputable defense attorneys. Our defense attorneys are passionate about criminal law and are committed to their best representation in every case, for every client.

At Williams Hughes, we are proud of our reputation. Our client referrals from judges, magistrates, police officers, prosecutors’ offices and other attorneys speak well of our commitment to your rights and our desire to help people in trouble with the law.

Our criminal defense practice includes representing clients in high profile cases, and commitment to handle all types of felony and misdemeanor cases, including, but not limited to:
• Sex crimes defense (criminal sexual conduct)
• State and federal drug crime defense
• Drunk driving defense
• Driver's License Appeals Division (DLAD) or Driver's License Appeal and Assessment Division (DAAD)
• Computer/Internet sex crimes defense
• Fraud
• General criminal defense including assault, domestic violence, resisting and obstructing, theft crimes, home invasions, motor vehicle crimes, etc.

Williams Hughes represents people charged with a variety of state and federal crimes. Call us now to protect your rights.

Personal injury is an area of law designed to protect those harmed by recklessness, malpractice, negligence, or inaction of others. Personal injury law encompasses a full range of legal claims including, but not limited to; nursing home abuse, car accident, defective product injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, job injury, drug injury, and dog bite cases.

Those who file personal injury claims may be eligible to receive damages, financial compensation for their loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanent disability, and/or other resulting injuries.

Personal injury is a broad, continually changing area of law. If you are considering pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, please contact Williams Hughes for the expertise, experience, and skill needed to help you build your case, and get the compensation you deserve.

Williams Hughes Law PLLC represents veterans nationwide with many issues involving benefit entitlements provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We assist veterans by reviewing denied claims and finding errors made by the VA; and we fight to reverse improper decisions in our clients’ favor. Starting from denial through the appeals process, we are here to give back to those who have given so much to this country. If that is not enough reason to trust us with your claim, the VA accredited attorney working on your case is a disabled veteran too!

The Process
When a veteran gets denied a disability claim by the VA, it can be devastating. The veteran has probably waited a substantial amount of time to get an answer and the answer is not what the veteran was looking for. That is why Williams Hughes PLLC is here to help! The veteran may have been denied for several reasons including insufficient proof that the disability was sustained while on active duty or insufficient proof that the disabling condition exists. The veteran may have also received a rating that was lower than it should have been. Within the VA system, disabilities are rated based on their severity and the level of impairment they cause. These ratings are used to determine how much compensation a disabled veteran should receive. This means that when a veteran receives a rating that doesn’t reflect the reality of his or her condition, the veteran may not receive the full measure of the benefits he or she is entitled to.
To file an appeal in either of these situations, there are several steps that must be taken, including paperwork that must be completed. There are also strict deadlines that must be met to preserve the right to appeal.
It is helpful to have an attorney representing you to ensure the appeals process goes smoothly. You should contact our office as soon as you receive a denial or a disability rating that is too low.

Workers' compensation insurance is a state mandated benefit system that is designed to protect employees who are injured on the job. Employers take the bill for such injuries, regardless of who is at fault.

Even if a worker is careless and is to blame for his/her injury, he/she is still eligible for workers compensation insurance benefits. However, in exchange for these benefits the injured worker forfeits the right to sue his employer for damages.

To determine eligibility, an employee must prove that his on-the-job injury occurred while working, or stemmed from the nature or responsibilities of his job. It is in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney if you are permanently injured or your claim has been denied.

Please save all documents, including your doctor’s report. Our attorneys can help you understand how to file an appeal and win the workers compensation insurance benefits to which you are entitled.

Disability income policies are often written up with confusing terms, providing insurance companies with multiple reasons to delay and deny your disability income benefits. We encourage you to contact us if you are considering filing a claim, have been denied total or partial disability benefits, or are interested in approaching your insurance carrier about a lump-sum buyout of your disability policy.

Our attorneys can do many things to ensure your claim will have the best chance of winning. This includes gathering medical records, obtaining detailed statements from physicians, and applying a thorough understanding of social security regulations and requirements.

Though attorney representation is never required in a disability claim, to attend before a judge without the assistance of a disability attorney could result in a lost opportunity to win disability benefits.

Whether you have a judgment that you need to collect, or are dealing with harassing calls from a debt collector, our firm can help you resolve these stressful situations.

Save yourself some time and stress by contacting our experienced attorneys to help settle the dispute.

Meet Our Team

Theodore N. Williams, Jr.

Theodore N. Williams, Jr.

Partner Emeritus

Theodore Nathaniel Williams, Jr. passed away on November 2, 2015.  He is sorely missed by his…

Douglas M. Hughes

Douglas M. Hughes


Doug Hughes is a native of the Muskegon area.  He attended the University of Michigan…

John M. Karafa

John M. Karafa


John Karafa has substantial litigation and trial experience in federal and state courts and tribunals…

Susan M. Franklin
Susan Franklin 10-1-15

Susan M. Franklin


Susan M. Franklin graduated cum laude from Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law in 2003, where she was…

Enrika L.F. McGahan
Enrika McGahan 10-1-15

Enrika L.F. McGahan


Enrika McGahan attended Grand Valley State University, graduating cum laude in 1992 with a Bachelor…

Zaneta I. Adams
Zaneta Adams 2-22-2016

Zaneta I. Adams


Zaneta Adams served 8 years in the US Army and graduated from Columbia College with…

Sarah R. Miller
Sarah Miller 10-1-15

Sarah R. Miller


Sarah Miller is a 2015 cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School…

Mark J. Anderson

Mark J. Anderson

Of Counsel

Mark J. Anderson has practiced law for more than 30 years in both Michigan and…

Fred C. Culver

Fred C. Culver

Of Counsel

Fred Culver holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of…

Michael I. Kleaveland
Michael Kleaveland 10-1-15

Michael I. Kleaveland

Of Counsel

Michael Kleaveland was born and raised in Muskegon and is the son of Justin and…

David B. Merwin
David Merwin 12-3-15

David B. Merwin

Of Counsel

David B. Merwin has been a licensed attorney since 1972, after graduation from the University…

Our Staff
Staff 12-3-15

Our Staff

Williams Hughes highly values its staff.  These experienced and considerate people make all we do…

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Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.