We are thrilled to announce that Kreis Enderle shareholder and treasuer Mark Kreter has been selected to the 2021 class of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame!
According to Lawyers Weekly’s selection criteria, Hall of Fame honorees “truly are legends, making their mark in the courtroom or the boardroom, in their firms, and with community organizations…. With their guidance and mentorship, they have launched hundreds of thriving legal careers and have left an indelible imprint on the profession through precedent-setting cases, high-dollar outcomes, and successful resolutions for their clients.”
Throughout his 38-year career, Mark has represented some of the largest insurance companies and businesses in the United States, as well as other clients who call West Michigan home. He has closed millions of dollars in business transactions, a testament to his drafting and negotiation strengths. He has prevailed in all but his first jury trial, proof of his superior litigation talents. Alternative dispute resolution is also part of his repertoire, and Mark draws from all his deal-making and advocacy skills to serve as a neutral in mediations and arbitrations.
The cases Mark has handled have affected not only his clients but also Michigan’s legal landscape. But beyond his many accomplishments, he derives the greatest satisfaction and fulfillment from doing his job well, whatever the matter. “As an attorney, you face new challenges every day,” Mark said, “and you are rewarded when you use your skill, experience, and intuitiveness to obtain a good result for your clients.”
Another professional activity Mark enjoys is mentoring. He believes it is his responsibility to pass along his knowledge and insights to the next generation of lawyers, with the hope that his mentees will one day pay it forward and do the same.
Outside the office, Mark is committed to giving back to his local civic and professional communities. He served on the Lakeview Board of Education for 12 years, including president from 2001-2003. During that time, he helped push through a bond issue for the new high school and what was then the most comprehensive drug and alcohol policy for student-athletes in Michigan. Mark is a past chair of Lifespan, a home health and hospice organization that is now part of Bronson Battle Creek, as well as vice president of the Battle Creek Boys Choir and Girls Chorus, Goodwill Industries, and a member of the City of Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority. He is also a past president of the Calhoun County Bar Association.
Mark is a tremendous asset to Kreis Enderle, and we are delighted that Michigan Lawyers Weekly has recognized him for his contributions to the law, his zealous representation of his clients, and the positive impact he has made on the communities in which he works and lives.