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We care about Southwest Michigan. It's where we live and work.

Making our communities safer, healthier and happier places is important to everyone in our firm. This is our home, too. We volunteer professionally and personally to support the many good things taking place in our area. In this section, we will keep you updated on our staff, new practice areas and services, our community involvements and the issues that impact your safety and health. Please check here for the latest news.

This week marks the end of Barry Conybeare’s term as Berrien County Bar Association President. Last month he was proud to present the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award with The Honorable Al Butzbaugh to The Honorable John E. Dewane. Judge Dewane’s family accepted the award on his behalf at the BCBA’s Annual Dinner Meeting.

Conybeare Law Office Attorney Sasha Boersma has returned to what she refers to as “mock trial land,” but this time as a volunteer judge. Anticipating a career as a litigation attorney, she competed on Western Michigan University’s Mock Trial Team and Valparaiso University School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Team while attending school.

In the past, we have posted information about teen driving safety, and more recently about teens and winter driving. Teaching teens safe driving practices is important. The Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing program for new drivers is an essential part of preparing teens for the road. The program works best when parents and teens are aware of, and abide by, the restrictions imposed on Level 1 and Level 2 drivers.

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Best Lawyers has named Barry Conybeare the 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – Kalamazoo Region (Southwest Michigan). He practices all aspects of personal injury law, including: auto collisions; medical, hospital and nursing home malpractice; product liability; insurance claims; and other injury cases. He is the owner of Conybeare Law Office, P.C. in St. Joseph, Michigan.

The holidays are over, but winter weather is not. Above freezing daytime temperatures with rain can be deceiving, especially for inexperienced teen drivers. As the temperature drops at night, wet roads turn into icy roads and can also lead to black ice in the morning while teen drivers are making their way to school.