Terry Heiss

ADA Legal Group

Grand Haven, Michigan 49417


Auto Accident, Child Custody, Child Support Modification, Civil Rights, Commercial, Contract, Divorce, Negligence, Personal Injury, Real Estate

Terry Heiss: Caring Counsel at the Ada Legal Group

Terry Heiss is a kindhearted, yet proactive family and real estate lawyer with an excellent reputation throughout the state of Michigan. His faith-guided approach to law is much appreciated by his clients, who also speak highly of his work in mediation. His law firm has served the Grand Rapids community for over twenty years and is one of the area’s finest legal resources.

Education and Professional History

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Terry Heiss attended St. Gregory’s University and Aquinas College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then enrolled at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After earning his Juris Doctor, he worked with the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He was an attorney with Ball, Van Dam and Ross for several years before launching Ada Legal Group, which he continues to preside over today. He is proud of his work with the Ada Legal Group, and eager to assist clients with everything from divorce to real estate matters.

Association Memberships

Involvement in the legal community is essential, which is why Terry Heiss is an active member of several professional organizations. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association — and the proud president of Jehu Ministries International and Living Grace Ministries.


Terry Heiss takes his faith very seriously. His law firm offers a unique, but very valuable approach to family law. His Christian perspective proves especially valuable during the mediation process, throughout which he is able to deliver a spirit of cooperation. While he is guided by his faith, he is respectful of people of all backgrounds, and determined to make the legal experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible for all clients. His friendly attitude and respectful demeanor are greatly appreciated by his grateful clients, who also speak highly of his in-depth legal understanding.

Terry Heiss: Compassionate Legal Representation

If compassion and empathy are among the chief traits you look for in a lawyer, you will definitely want to get in touch with Terry Heiss. A notoriously empathetic attorney, he understands the stress his clients experience. His goal is to make the legal process as easy to navigate as possible, while still ensuring the best possible legal outcome. Reach out today to learn more about Terry Heiss’ background and approach to law.


Mediation: Ada Legal Group

Does your case require a lawsuit in the courthouse? In many domestic and civil litigation disputes, alternatives exist. Terry Heiss of the Ada Legal Group believes that many disputes can be handled without the need to go to court. If you are facing a dispute in Western Michigan, Terry Heiss can provide the guidance and support to set up a successful mediation, allowing you to come to a positive resolution without the need to go to court.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that allows a neutral third party to assist the two parties in their negotiations. In a mediation, the third party does not make any decisions, but rather provides the structure in which the two parties can discuss their concerns and come to a mutually beneficial agreement. The mediator helps interpret concerns and relays information between the parties, helping to frame issue and define problems so they can see the other’s point of view and come to a positive resolution. The agreement may or may not be legally binding, depending on the factors in the case.

When Does Mediation Make Sense?

Mediation makes sense when both parties wish to avoid litigation, but need help coming to a positive resolution to their dispute. This is common in family court, small claim court and housing court, but can also be used in criminal court proceedings, depending on the details of the case. If you wish to avoid litigation, talk to Ada Legal Group about whether or not mediation is a possibility.

With mediation, you always have the option to move forward with litigation if you cannot come to an agreement, but most cases are able to be resolved in mediation. This saves thousands in legal costs by avoiding the lengthy and costly court process.

Trust the Experienced Mediation Team at Ada Legal Group

If you feel that you would like to pursue mediation as a solution to your dispute, choose the experienced team at Ada Legal Group led by attorney Terry Heiss. Since 1984, Attorney Heiss has been helping individuals explore alternative dispute resolution through recognized mediation principles in domestic and civil litigation disputes. For those who wish an alternative to litigation in the court house, he is able to mediate using Biblical principles, helping the parties reach a decision outside of court. Contact the Ada Legal Group today to discuss the details of your dispute, and to see if mediation may be a solution to your concerns.

688 Cascade West Parkway S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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