G. Robert Carpenter
Rob Carpenter practices in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Defense, and Litigation. First admitted to practice law in 1999, he is experienced in all aspects of litigation. His clients have included Attorneys, Court employees, and Friend of the Court personnel.
Rob received his legal education at Valparaiso University School of Law, which he attended on an academic merit-based full tuition scholarship. He was awarded placement on the Law School’s Moot Court and Mock trial teams, and served as a Judicial extern with an Indiana Superior Court Judge. While still in law school, he worked as a law clerk in a Chicago area litigation firm. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1999 and went on to score in the top 1% of all attorneys in the nation on the Multistate Bar Exam. He gained experience working as an attorney with two litigation firms in Kent County, before opening his own practice in 2004.
During the course of his career, Rob has represented clients in highly contentious child custody cases, divorces involving business valuations and complex estates, and routinely handles matters referred by other attorneys and Court staff. He has obtained acquittals after jury trials on behalf of clients facing potential life sentences, accusations of criminal sexual conduct and other difficult situations that many attorneys simply will not undertake.
Bejamin R. Judd
Benjamin R. Judd practices in the areas of Family Law, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Special Education Law including Special Needs Trusts, and Tax Law. Ben has successfully resolved cases ranging from the complex divorce and custody actions in the Circuit Courts to multistate tax actions in the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
After attending Grand Valley State University for his undergraduate degree, Ben attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ben completed his legal education in just two years. While still in law school Ben worked as a law clerk at a general practice firm, where he worked on both family law cases and tax litigation. After receiving his Juris Doctorate degree, Ben passed the Michigan Bar Exam and went on to complete a Master of Laws degree in taxation.
While completing his Masters degree, Ben worked as a Law Clerk for the Michigan Tax Tribunal, and after completion of his degree, was asked to take a position as a Hearing Referee with the Tribunal. In this position, he served as a judicial referee in consumer property tax disputes. Ben also worked as a consultant and specialist with a Michigan based tax law firm.
In 2010, Ben and his wife moved to Grand Rapids, when he accepted a position with Carpenter & Judd.
Ben and his wife Melanie were married in 2005, and have two young boys, Isaac and Maxwell. Ben and Melanie are active members of Autism Support of Kent County (ASK), Parent Advisors for Special Education (PASE), and founding members of Caledonia’s “Little Scots” Parent Group.