Eugenie B. Eardley

First Lady of Law  |

Genie was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  She graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1987, and Georgetown Law in 1991.  She worked her way through college and law school, for various Congressmen and as a legislative director for a United States Senator.  She also was a Reagan appointee to Secretary of Education William J. Bennett at the U.S. Department of Education and in the Reagan White House.  She began her career as a plaintiff’s personal injury trial lawyer in Virginia.   In 1993, Genie moved to beautiful West Michigan, and met and married her husband, John Eardley, also a lawyer. The Eardley family has been a prominent part of the West Michigan bar since the founding of Grand Rapids, and still is today. For several years they practiced law together, handling all types of litigation throughout the State of Michigan, emphasizing negligence, including medical and legal malpractice, brain injuries, employment discrimination and family law.

John has retired, and devotes himself to caring for their youngest son.  Genie now has focused her statewide practice primarily to medical and legal malpractice, employment discrimination, and personal injury for plaintiffs.  She has a special interest in Title IX and Civil Rights cases, she has served as an expert in legal malpractice cases, and handles complex divorce matters. Genie is an active Member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice, the Amicus Committee for MAJ, National Employment Lawyer’s Association, and The American Association for Justice. She is a Member of the Michigan, Virginia and District of Columbia bars, and is admitted in several federal courts, including the 4th and 6th Circuit Courts of Appeal, and Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan.



Nicholas F.X. Gumina

Associate Attorney  |

Nick is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and a summa cum laude graduate of Aquinas College, a history major.

Nick ran track and field at Aquinas College for four years, where he received academic All-American and athletic All-American honors. He still holds school records in both the hammer throw and 35lb weight throw. He comes from a family of 4 brothers, which includes one other attorney, brother Max who practices law in New Orleans. While in law school, Nick obtained a prestigious legal internship with Justice Elizabeth Weaver of the Michigan Supreme Court. He impressed the Court so well that, upon graduating from law school, he was hired as a Law Clerk for the Michigan Supreme Court.  Nick later obtained a highly coveted position with the Michigan Court of Appeals as Research Attorney. He earned the trust of our State’s highest courts to assist in analyzing and interpreting Michigan law, and ours as well. He handles complex legal malpractice, medical malpractice, divorce litigation, and appeals, as well as employment and civil rights matters. Nick was named by Michigan Law Weekly in 2014 as one of the “Up and Coming Young Attorneys” in the State of Michigan, a rare honor for such a young attorney.