John R. Dresser

John R. Dresser

John brings a wealth of experience in the areas of business, estate planning, real estate, succession planning and wealth transfer needs. He has many years of experience representing clients in the manufacturing, agriculture, retail, and wholesale sectors. For many years, John worked in partnership with his late father, serving as president of a successful law firm, and as an owner of manufacturing companies. He has walked with and in the shoes of those he represents. John attended the University of Michigan. He graduated from Southern Methodist University and earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa.

He and his wife Mary have two adult children and one grandchild. In his spare time, John enjoys traveling, food, sports and being with his family.

Professional Associations & Honors

  • • Past member of the board of directors of Sturgis Bancorp, Inc and Sturgis Bank and Trust
  • • Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow
  • • Presenter at programs on estate and business planning
  • • Past Member of the State Bar of Michigan’s District Character and Fitness Committee
  • • Presenter at ICLE programs on probate administration and business planning
  • • Paul Harris Award Recipient from Rotary International
  • • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

Community Service

  • • Advisor to the Sturgis Area Community Foundation
  • • Advisor to the Branch County Community Foundation
  • • Advisor and Board member to the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation
  • • President of the Board for the Sturgis Hospital Foundation
  • • Sturgis Rotary Club
  • • Past board member of the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce
  • • Past Board member of the Sturgis United Fund
  • • Board member and advisor to profit and nonprofit corporations

Areas of Practice

  • • Business & Corporate
  • • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • • Shareholder Matters
  • • Entity Governance
  • • Estate Planning
  • • Estate & Gift Tax
  • • Estate & Trust Administration
  • • Real Estate
  • • Mediation


  • • University of Tulsa, J.D., 1982
  • • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1979
  • • University of Michigan, 1975-1977