Solicitor Tom Anderson Retires
By Sue Wolfe
Cedar Springs attorney, Tom Anderson, has laid his shingle to rest after 50 years of service as a local practitioner of general law. Effective January 1, 2011, Anderson no longer maintains regular hours at his Main Street office. He will finish up with any open cases and assist existing clients in finding appropriate future representation.
Anderson is a third generation attorney. He remembers working with his father whose practice was in Rockford. After graduating from Michigan State University and the University of Detroit earning both his Bachelors and Law degrees in the same year, he decided to open his practice in his father’s neighboring community of Cedar Springs. Anderson, his father, and grandfather provided 112 consecutive years of legal counsel in Kent County.
One of Anderson’s most notable cases garnered an opinion in the first volume of the Michigan Court of Appeals Reports. He was representing a homeowner who was scammed by a siding company.
During his 50 years, Anderson has represented numerous governmental entities including the City of Cedar Springs for 24 years as well as clients from as far away as Alaska.
The State Bar Association recently recognized Anderson, along with other state attorneys who achieved 50+ years of service, at the DeVos Center in Grand Rapids. When asked what motivated Anderson for the past 50 years, he replied, “I wanted to provide our community with quality legal counsel at an affordable price. I am hopeful I was successful in doing this for the many good people I have come to know over the years. I appreciate the opportunity.”
Equally significant is Anderson’s 49 years of “Service Above Self” through the Cedar Springs Rotary Club. His leadership through Rotary International involved various service projects including Anderson’s personal involvement in bringing potable water to people in the Dominican Republic through the use of a water filter. Anderson traveled to the remote areas of the Dominic as part of a Rotary team concerned with placement of water filters and he visited a nursing home project started with the Rockford Rotary Club. Anderson clearly remembers numerous special fundraisers and service projects as well as social gatherings.
Some of Anderson’s family recently surprised him at the weekly Rotary Club luncheon with a decorated cake to share with his fellow Rotarians in honor of his service. Anderson’s wife, Jean, a retired Cedar Springs 40-year elementary teacher, along with his two daughters Amy Anderson and Sara Dryer, and three grandchildren Aiden, Ian, and Chase were all on hand for the celebration. Unable to attend but still an important part of Anderson’s life are Mike Dryer (son-in-law), Tom Anderson III and his wife Holly, and their three children Tommy, Jake, and Chloe Anderson.