Schuitmaker, Cooper & Cypher, P.C.
Attorneys at Law

181 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1, P.O. Box 520, Paw Paw, Michigan 49079    (269)657-3177

Harold Schuitmaker

  
Harold G. Schuitmaker of Schuitmaker, Cooper & Cypher, P.C., Paw Paw, Michigan is admitted to the Michigan and Florida bars.  Harold practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, mediation of probate cases, municipal law, corporations and real estate. 

He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1965 after attending Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University.  Harold went on to attend Wayne State University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1970.  While at Wayne State University, he became a member of the Delta Theta Phi Fraternity and Moot Court Board, and earned an Outstanding Student Award. 

Harold is a past-president of the Van Buren County Bar Association, a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and holds an AV Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and ICLE Certificates of Completion in the Probate and Estate Planning Program.  He is a past-president of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.  Harold is a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association and the Van Buren County Bar Association.  He is a past-president of the Rotary District Foundation from which he received the Paul Harris Award.  Harold is a former member of the Chemical Bank Shoreline Kalamazoo Community Board. 

Harold has been named as a 2013 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and has been named a “Michigan Super Lawyer,” “Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Attorneys in Michigan.”  Harold is also a regular contributor to the Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal and a regular speaker at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Matthew R. Cooper
 
Matt was nationally recognized for a case that he litigated for an Iraq War Veteran from Hartford, Michigan that protected the rights of all personnel serving in the United States Military. Matt effectuated amendments by Congress to the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act, protecting the rights of men and women in the United States Armed Forces.
 
The Hurley case appeared on the front page of the New York Times, and every major newspaper around the world reported on the story. Sergeant Hurley and Matt appeared on a featured story on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, alongside General David Patraeus and his wife, Holly Patraeus.
 
 
 
 
 
Matt has recently released A Soldier’s Home, which follows Sgt. Hurley from his tranquil life at home, his tour in Iraq, and a Federal Court lawsuit that would result in Congressional Amendments that benefit all servicemembers in the United States Military.  Sgt. Hurley took on Deutche Bank, Saxon Mortgage Company, and a Detroit foreclosure law office in a David vs Goliath campaign that lasted seven years, and resulted in the first jury trial of its kind.
 
In addition, Matt co-founded the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Foundation, Inc., a Public Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Charity which is dedicated to assisting United States Servicemembers and their families.  For more information, visit:

 
After graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law, with honor awards in contracts and criminal law, Matt clerked for a Circuit Court Judge. Matt then joined the Law Offices of Schuitmaker, Cooper, Schuitmaker, Cypher & Knotek, P.C. Over the last 25 years, Matt has represented clients in major litigation cases and has participated in jury trials in Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Barry and Wayne Counties. Further, Matt has prosecuted cases in Illinois, Maryland, Indiana and Michigan at the Federal and State Court levels. Matt has worked on both civil and criminal cases. Matt has appeared in Circuit Court in over seventeen (17) Michigan Counties. Matt has also handled cases in the Western and Eastern Federal District Courts, the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.
 
In 2011, Matt was selected by the Paw Paw Chamber of Commerce as the Community Volunteer of the Year. He is a charter member and past President of the Paw Paw Area Rotary Club. Matt is past president of the Optimst Club. For numerous years, he has worked for Paw Paw Rocket Football, Inc., and Paw Paw Youth Baseball, Inc. Matt formed both of these organizations into Michigan Corporations and obtained their 501(c)(3) charitable organization status from the Internal Revenue Service.
 
On a county-wide level, Matt has served on numerous county-wide boards such as the Van Buren County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Southwest Michigan Legal Aid Bureau and the Tri-County Headstart Board.
 
On the state-wide level, Matt formerly sat on the Michigan Bar District Character and Fitness Committee.
  
Theresa J. Cypher

  
Theresa Cypher was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1962.  She received her B.S. from Iowa State University in 1984 and an M.S. from the University of Michigan in 1989.
 
Theresa studied law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and graduated with honors in 1999.  She was admitted to the bar in the State of Michigan in 1999; the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in 1999 and the Potawatomi Indian Tribal Court in 2012. 

Theresa has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Van Buren County Domestic Violence Coalition (2005).  She is a member of the Van Buren County Bar Association (President, 2007-2008 and 2016-2017); the Board of Directors of the Eastern Van Buren County Habitat for Humanity (2000-2011); the Van Buren County Adult Community Protection Team; the Diocese of Kalamazoo Catholic Lawyers Guild (President, 2006-2012); St. Mary’s Catholic School Board (1990-1996); Parish Pastoral Council for St. Mary Parish; the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.
 
Theresa’s areas of practice include family law, juvenile law and municipal law.