Brian J. Plachta


Phone: (616) 458-3994

Brian J. Plachta has practiced law in Michigan since 1984. As a Grand Rapids native and a shareholder with Reeder, Plachta, & Murphy, Brian brings a wealth of legal and business experience to the community.

He specializes in Business & Corporate Law, Real Estate, Elder Law, Probate Estate & Trust Administration, and Estate Planning.

Brian brings his background as a lawyer and a certified spiritual director to his practice and offers a wholistic approach when helping clients resolve their legal issues and concerns. He holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling and is the author of several books on spirituality. Brian writes an inspirational reflection he emails out every Monday to over two thousand readers.  He offers a free Spiritual Gifts Inventory through his website:

Brian and his wife Denise have four adult children, a cat, and a dog. He loves to meditate, write, work out at the gym, hike, fish, and swim. One of his fondest memories as an attorney is the time his secretary walked into his office as Brian bellyached about how hectic the day had become. She handed him a stone. Written on one side of it were the words, “Turn it over.” As he flipped the stone over and read the word, “Gratitude” written on the other side, Mary reminded him to stop and count his blessings. Whenever life gets hectic, Brian picks up the stone and names at least five things for which he’s grateful.


  • Aquinas College, B.A.
  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D. summa cum laude
  • Graduate Theological Foundation Masters in Pastoral Counseling
  • Dominican Center at Marywood, spiritual mentor certification

Bar Admission

  • Michigan, 1984

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Catholic Lawyers Association
  • Grand Rapids Business Owners Association
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • Adjunct Faculty, Dominican Center at Marywood
  • Guiding Light Mission Volunteer Mentor