Steve Hessen

Contact Information:



  • Wayne State University School of Law, J.D.
  • Central Michigan University, B.S.

Community Involvement:

  • Boys and Girls club of Kalamazoo board member
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Kalamazoo Board (Former president)
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation Board (Past)
  • Junior Achievement Board (Past)
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund
  • Leadership Kalamazoo Advisory Board Member (Past)


Mandra Warzecha
(269) 321-2307

“Being brutally candid and absolutely decisive is often what clients need most.” 

Brutal candor or, as Steve Hessen says it, “bluntness,” may seem like an odd quality for an attorney to embrace.  But as Steve sees it, anything less than total candor is a disservice to his clients.  He believes they need to know everything about their cases: the good, the bad and the ugly.  Once the essential facts are clearly understood by client and attorney alike, better decisions can be made.  And those decisions likewise need to be firm and clear.

With 30 years of experience in commercial litigation, estate planning, and business planning, Steve also has the credentials to back up his forthright point of views about effective legal counsel. The combination of his broad litigation and transactional experience, as well as his reputation for fairness and professionalism among his peers, has made him a sought-after mediator for parties looking to resolve their disputes outside the courtroom.

As a past managing partner, Steve is passionate about the Kreis Enderle and his primary practice areas, especially non-compete and shareholder disputes.  He is also passionate about community service, contributing much time and talent to the benefit of multiple organizations.

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America® – 2024
  • Super Lawyers (Michigan) – 2013 to present
  • Certified Civil Mediator (Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office)