Michael I. Kleaveland

Of Counsel

Michael Kleaveland was born and raised in Muskegon and is the son of Justin and Rosemary Kleaveland. In 1982, he graduated from Albion College, double majoring in Economics and Anthropology/Sociology. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University Law School, earning his Juris Doctorate degree with honors in 1985. The summer of 1985 was a busy time for Michael. In June 1985, he married his wife, Susan, passed the Michigan Bar Exam and returned to Muskegon to practice law.

Michael concentrates his practice on estate planning – wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and patient advocates – estate settlement, guardianships and conservatorships and real estate. Michael joined Williams | Hughes of counsel in March of 2010. Actively volunteering his time, the following is a sampling of Michael’s service to the community:


  • Member of the City of Muskegon Downtown Development Authority;
  • Member of the Muskegon Brownfield Redevelopment Authority;
  • Harbor Hospice Ethics Committee;
  • Mercy Health Clinical Ethics Committee; and
  • Muskegon Rotary Club.


  • President of the Board of The Hume Home;
  • Member of the Board of the Muskegon Family YMCA;
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Muskegon County;
  • President of Hospice of Muskegon County (n/k/a Harbor Hospice);
  • Member of the City of Muskegon Planning Commission;
  • President of the Lakeshore Lung Society;
  • Vice President and one of the founding members of the Nims Neighborhood Association; and
  • Member of the Board of the Muskegon Lakers Soccer Club.

Michael has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Greater Muskegon Jaycees and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award by the Lakeshore Lung Society. Michael and his wife Susan, a teacher at Orchard View Cardinal Elementary, have three children, Britton, Tyler and Daly Rosemary. All five of them love soccer. Michael has coached all three children in soccer, but his toughest assignment was coaching his wife’s soccer team, where he learned the art of positive motivation.