Joe Sukup has been practicing law for more than 25 years. In the courtroom, his knowledge, experience and professionalism earn results for injured clients.
A Michigan native, Joe grew up in Livonia and attended Churchill High School. He attended Florida Atlantic University for his undergraduate education, graduating in 1981. Joe then studied abroad for a semester in 1986, attending the University of London College of Law in England. In 1987, Joe completed his law degree at the Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing.
As one of the lead attorneys with the law firm of Keller & Keller, Joe fights for the rights of injured people. He focuses on personal injury litigation – taking on defendants in court, where his poise is persuasive among judges and jurors.
In addition to all types of personal injury related to automobile accidents, Joe also handles medical malpractice cases, in which a patient has been injured or sickened by the actions of a doctor or nurse, and wrongful death, in which a victim has died due to the negligence of another person.
He understands the subtleties of Michigan’s complex no-fault law. Joe has also handled commercial litigation, battling big corporations.
“I've been an athlete all my life, I never liked watching from the sidelines. When I became a lawyer, I knew I'd always be in the game.”
Joe knows how to win for clients:
- In 2009, Joe took on the case of a 12-year-old boy who was run over by a school bus in Benton Harbor. He was able to secure a favorable verdict on behalf of the boy and his family and recover a settlement amount that would cover his ongoing medical care and compensate him for the pain and suffering caused by the accident.
- He flew to Destin, Florida in 2012 to investigate the case of a client who was injured in a slip-and-fall accident that required brain surgery. After several other attorneys refused to represent him, Joe was able to earn a settlement on behalf of the client.
- Joe won a verdict for a client who fell at a gas station in Elkhart, Indiana. The client was awarded compensation that covered his medical bills and earned him a sizeable amount for pain and suffering.
A leader among his peers, Joe belongs to the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He is also a member of the State Bar of Florida and Federal Bar Association of Florida.
Working with children is one of Joe’s great passions. He has one biological child of his own and also two adopted children.
A lifelong athlete, Joe played football and wrestled in high school. As an adult, he began practicing martial arts, including karate, and continues to bike, swim and compete in triathlons. Joe uses lessons learned in athletics, including perseverance and teamwork, to help nurture children.
He has previously helped run a mentoring program for chidren from Michigan, Indiana, and the Chicago area focusing on developing vital life skills. Through the PrayAmerica program, Joe has also worked with orphan children in Guatemala, visiting multiple times per year.
Joe has nurtured artistic inclinations since high school, where his gift for drawing was noticed by a faculty member. He eventually began painting with oil, watercolors and acrylics, and visited Brazil as part of a student exchange program.
Joe’s work in the law and with children has proven a source of artistic inspiration. His portrait of well-known trial attorney Gerry Spence appeared on the cover of a magazine. He recently finished work on a new studio.
He also works as a volunteer and supporter with the Box Factory, a venue in St. Joseph for local visual and performing art and previously served on the board.
With strong commitments to children, charity and the arts, Joe is more than an attorney, he is a community leader. He’s not afraid to question authority and considers the law a tool that can be used to safeguard the public against institutional bullies.