Buchanan attorney joins Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C.

John R. Colip, practicing business law, estate planning, real estate and family law in Buchanan since 1980, and a Buchanan native, has joined Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C. Mr. Colip states, “I am very enthused about this opportunity to create closer professional ties with excellent lawyers and staff. I want to continue, as a team, to provide superior services to our clients.” This now provides West Michigan with Kotz Sangster offices in Buchanan, Niles, South Haven and Grand Rapids.

Colip has been very active in the local community, serving as a trustee of the Buchanan Community Schools Board of Education, Lakeland Health Foundation Board, and the Buchanan Lions Club. He served four years with the Judge Advocate General’s Office of the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Captain. He has also been active in the Berrien County Bar Association, as well as serving as a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. Mr. Colip is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his law degree at Valparaiso University.

Mowitt S. Drew, III, Managing Director of the Niles office, said, “We are delighted to have John join our law practice. He has a sterling reputation both in the legal community and community at large, due in large part to his extensive experience, dedication to client services and pragmatic approach of law. John’s specialized skills in business succession planning, estate planning, real estate, probate and trust administration, along with family law, are a welcome addition to Kotz Sangster as we continue our expansion of the firm’s services throughout West Michigan. He and his longtime assistant, Patty Carnes, will continue to practice out of their Buchanan office, which further bolsters Kotz Sangster’s presence throughout Southwest Michigan.”

Founded in 1978, Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C. is a firm of more than 35 attorneys with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Niles, Buchanan and South Haven. The firm is powered by its commitments to provide superior client service with consistently favorable results, in an environment of continuous professional growth. As a member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), the firm has access to a global association of over 100 independent law firms located in 180 major commercial centers in 60 countries throughout the world.

For further information, contact Greg Wysocki, CEO, in Detroit at 313.259.8300 or Mitt Drew in Niles at 269.591.6915 or visit the firm’s website at