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For the attention and personal touch that you deserve, choose Hoesch & Vander Ploeg, P.L.C.

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Our firm is locally owned and operated.  Our dedicated attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience in a wide range of legal fields.  Our attention to detail and passion for client service sets us apart from other law firms.  You can count on prompt,  personal attention as our client.  Since 1950, Hoesch & Vander Ploeg (formerly Hoesch & Dekker) has provided expert legal service to generations of Michigan families, individuals and businesses ranging in size from one employee to a Fortune 20 company.  We want to be your attorneys for life!

About Hoesch & Vander Ploeg, P.L.C.

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Tim has lived and practiced law in West Michigan 25 years. Tim graduated from North Central College - Cum Laude-B.A. in Psychology,  1985 and to Northern Illinois University College of Law-J.D., 1992.  He has successfully tried and settled cases in his clients' favor in the probate, district, circuit courts in Michigan, as well as in the federal district and bankruptcy courts. Tim has been active in the Reformed Church in Zeeland. Tim enjoys training athletes of all ages in speed, strength, quickness, and jumping along with his coaching of the West Ottawa Boys' Freshmen Basketball team.

Tim Hoesch

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Previous Professional Experience


Ed followed an atypical path to the practice of law. He anchored newscasts on a prominent Detroit radio station while working his way through college. Radio opened opportunities to provide live reports from the floor of the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit; interview cultural, political, and business leaders; and serve as a reporter on automotive issues for a national news. A business career followed where he focused on product and marketing management responsibilities for manufacturing companies based in West Michigan, Chicago, and Nashville.


Wishing to combine his business and communications background with the legal world, Ed became licensed to practice law in 1992. He specializes in commercial litigation, insurance defense, and business issues confronting small- to mid-sized companies, as well as estate planning. His clients have included a Fortune 10 corporation; regional insurance companies; locally based businesses for which he advises on employment, contractual, liability, and transactional issues; and individuals.


Ed and his wife, Beth, have two adult children and reside in Georgetown Township, Michigan. As a devout baseball fan, he is often seen at the ballpark watching the Detroit Tigers do battle on the diamond. He enjoys travel, reading, and volunteering. He is chair of his congregation's personnel committee, former chair of its stewardship committee, and former chair of the Ministry Task Force. He also served as the vice chairman of the City of Wyoming Planning Commission.

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  • State of Michigan

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Western Michigan

  • North Central College — Cum laude- B.A. in Psychology, 1985

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law- J.D., 1994

  • State Bar of Michigan

  • Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

  • Ottawa County Bar Association

  • Hoesch & Dekker — 1992-1996

  • The Law Offices of Timothy A. Hoesch, P.L.C. — 1996-2005

  • Hoesch & Vander Ploeg, P.L.C — 2005-Present

  • State of Michigan

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

  • State of Tennessee

  • Wayne State University — B.S. in Business Administration, 1984

  • Northwestern University — M.B.A., 1986

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School — J.D., 1992

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