Nicewander, Berens & DeVries PLLC

Nicewander, Berens & DeVries is a team of attorneys and staff with a commitment to providing excellent legal services to our clients. Our clients are individuals and businesses who value high quality, personal service. If you need legal services in Family Law, Business, Estate Planning, Probate or Trust Administration, Real Estate or any other of our areas of practice, please email, call or write, and we will be happy to assist you.

General Contact Info

Hours: 8:00 – 4:30 M-F



Terry Berens: Family Law, Collections, Individual and Business Litigation, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Litigation and Administration, Misdemeanor Criminal Defense.

Jim DeVries: Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Real Estate, Transactional Tax Structuring, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Business/Corporate advising.

Our History

NBD is the longest-established law firm in the Jenison-Hudsonville-Grandville area. The law firm originally started in 1975 when Rich Black established the first law firm in Jenison.  Dave Hall joined him 2 years later.  Don Nicewander joined the firm in 1979 and the law firm became Black, Hall and Nicewander.  The firm moved from its original Cottonwood office to its current location at 513 Baldwin in 1982. Terry Berens joined the firm in 1992 and Jim DeVries joined 2 years later in 1994 to form Nicewander, Berens & DeVries. Over the past 35 years, the law firm has continued to grow along with the Jenison-Hudsonville-Grandville area. Rich Black, Dave Hall and Don Nicewander have since retired from the firm.


Our Philosophy

We are committed to practice law in a manner that exhibits the highest ethical standards, not only with our clients but also with our opponents. That means that there may be times when we not only discuss the “legal” thing to do but also the “right” thing to do.

We are strong believers in the importance of family and community, so we have structured our practice to allow the attorneys and staff to spend time with their families. For that reason, we try to avoid working evenings and weekends.

We believe in efficiency. Our goal is to provide very high quality legal services at a fair price. We are not the lowest-price provider of legal services in the area, but we believe that you will not find a higher quality of legal services for the cost.

We believe in specialization. Each attorney, and most of the staff, have developed areas of expertise. Using a team approach, NBD can use the unique skills and experience of the attorneys and staff to most efficiently and effectively assist clients in their matters. One attorney has primary responsibility for a client matter and other attorneys and staff may be called on to assist. In this way we can maintain a close personal relationship while effectively assisting the client.

The attorneys and staff of NBD work very hard to meet the legal needs of clients in a professional, competent and efficient manner.  We have represented over 1,000 businesses and many thousands of individuals in the Eastern Ottawa County and Western Kent County area.

We pride ourselves on being accessible to you and providing efficient and fair representation, with an understanding of your individual needs.