Robert A. Callahan is an of counsel member of the firm's Grand Rapids, Michigan who concentrates his practice in the area of general civil litigation with an emphasis on municipal law, real estate law and labor and employment litigation. He serves as attorney for the Marcellus Area Emergency Services Association, a joint municipal entity.

Mr. Callahan received his law degree from Drake University Law School. While in law school, Mr. Callahan served as an Editor for the Drake University Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University.

Representative Client Work

  • Received summary judgment in three federal court lawsuits against two municipalities involving the sexual assault of prisoners by a police officer
  • Received judgment on behalf of financial client after trial in excess of $250,000 on claim for breach of contract against insurer for refusal to pay proceeds after fire destroyed insured premises
  • Received dismissal of federal court lawsuit where class action certification was sought against servicer of student loans. Claims included allegations of fraud, misrepresentation and violations of consumer rights statutes.
  • Received federal court order of summary judgment in lawsuit against ambulance service alleging violation of American's with Disabilities Act and gender discrimination
  • Received state court order of summary disposition in lawsuit alleging numerous violations of Michigan's Open Meetings Act
  • Received state court order of summary disposition against municipality alleging violation of Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act
  • Successfully defended a dram shop lawsuit in which the plaintiff experienced a severe closed head injury and blindness. The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice without payment of any funds after a motion for summary disposition was filed on a reservation of rights issue.
  • Successfully tried and received a judgment of no cause of action in favor of a village and police officers in a case alleging excessive use of force during the plaintiff’s arrest. The case was tried in federal court with the plaintiff demanding $750,000
  • Successfully tried and received a judgment of no cause of action against the plaintiff in state court lawsuit alleging sexual assault by a police officer
  • Served on a "blue ribbon" arbitration panel in a debt collection and credit dispute with major leasing company
  • Defended individual and class action claims stemming from alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act 
  • Received summary judgment in a federal lawsuit against a village, police department and its chief of police, alleging sex discrimination, wrongful termination and hostile work environment
  • Received an order of summary judgment and summary disposition in federal and state court lawsuits brought by a former police officer against a village and the village manager, alleging wrongful termination, deprivation of property without due process of law and age discrimination
  • Received a federal court order of summary judgment in an action brought by a former police officer alleging that he was terminated as a result of reverse discrimination, the he was deprived of property without due process of law, and that his termination violated Title VII and various state civil rights statutes
  • Successfully represented township and township officials in a lawsuit alleging violation of the Michigan Opening Meetings and Freedom of Information Act statutes. Following court proceedings, the court imposed sanctions on plaintiff
  • Successfully represented a village as village attorney in a lawsuit brought by a citizen, alleging violation of state Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Act statutes. As a result of representation, the court imposed sanctions on plaintiff
  • Successfully represented a title insurance carrier in a lawsuit brought by an insured, alleging breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, and negligence in conjunction with search of chain of title and preparation of title insurance documents
  • Successfully represented an adult foster care home against a complaint alleging negligence and malpractice in the care and treatment of resident, which developed necrotic fasciitis in leg, which required amputation.
  • Received a ruling of summary judgment on behalf of a food manufacturing company in a multi-party federal commercial liability lawsuit, in which the plaintiff sought damages in excess of $800,000

Professional Affiliations

  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA)
  • State Bar of Indiana
  • State Bar of Michigan


  • American Inns of Court – C. Edwin Moore Chapter, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Grand Knight – St. Martin of Tours Knights of Columbus Council #13305 (2003-2007)


  • Examining and Resolving Title Issues, Grand Rapids, June 2007
  • Public Employment Law Seminar for Michigan Municipal League, Kalamazoo, May 2007
  • Family and Medical Leave Act, Lansing, June 2005



  • Drake University Law School, J.D., 1991
  • Northern Illinois University, B.S., 1979


  • Michigan, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2002
  • Indiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2010


Honors & Recognitions

  • Order of the Coif
  • Dean’s List – All Semesters
  • Research Editor – Drake University Law Review


Speaking Engagements

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