Kreis Enderle is pleased to announce that Kay E. Kossen, has been elected as the firm’s fourth Managing Partner, succeeding Stephen J. Hessen, who has completed his term in the role. Ms. Kossen’s three-year term commenced on January 1, 2020.
“Kay is an extremely dedicated, organized and intelligent leader, and the perfect choice to lead our 45-year-old firm in these dynamic times,” said Steve Hessen, the firm’s out-going Managing Partner, who will be devoting more time to his clients’ needs. “ I know with Kay’s election, the future of the firm is in great hands.”
“I am honored that my experience, commitment, and vision were recognized by my fellow shareholders, regardless of my gender,” said Kay Kossen. “However, I cannot ignore that this is a positive message to women, particularly women that are just starting their professional careers, that they can be leaders in their workplace.”
“Kreis Enderle is known for providing top quality, first-class client service, and I am excited to see the firm grow its presence in Southwest Michigan as we begin a new decade,” said Ms. Kossen. “On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to thank Steve Hessen for his guidance and stewardship.”
Kay has been an attorney at Kreis Enderle for more than 15 years, practicing in the areas of real estate, estate planning, elder law, and probate and trust administration. She was elected to the firm’s management team in 2017, serving as the Managing Shareholder of the Battle Creek office.
Before becoming an attorney, Kay worked in the real estate field, and her experience handling real estate transactions prompted her to earn her law degree at Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She previously received her bachelor’s degree from Hope College.
Kay is a respected member of the bar, and in 2018, she was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s elite list of “Women in the Law.” She is active in her community as a member and past chair of the West Michigan Forms Committee of Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors and a member of the Commercial Alliance of Realtors, the Battle Creek Area Association of Realtors, the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors, and the Advisory Council of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Olivet College. She is also a proud supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan.