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59 Varnum Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers 2013

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September 24, 2012

A total of 59 Varnum attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. Attorneys from each of Varnum's five offices across Michigan were selected to the list.

Timothy J. Curtin has been included on the Best Lawyers in America list since it was first published 30 years ago. Attorneys who have been listed for 20 or more years are: Lawrence Burns, Nyal Deems, Dirk Hoffius, Marilyn Lankfer, Daniel Molhoek, Fredric Sytsma, Larry Titley, and Pamela Tyler.

The Varnum attorneys included on the Best Lawyers in America 2013 are:

Grand Haven

  • Jeffrey Beswick (Trusts & Estates)

Grand Rapids

  • Stephen P. Afendoulis (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate)
  • Scott Alfree (Corporate Law, Health Care Law)
  • Mark S. Allard (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – ERISA)
  • Jonathan W. Anderson (Real Estate Law)
  • Lawrence P. Burns (Health Care Law)
  • Jon M. Bylsma (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities)
  • Christopher Caldwell (Trusts & Estates)
  • Timothy J. Curtin (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law)
  • Nyal D. Deems (Real Estate Law)
  • Jeffrey A. DeVree (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Tax Law)
  • Ronald G. DeWaard (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance)
  • Timothy Eagle (Trademark Law)
  • Matthew Eugster (Environmental Law)
  • Bruce Goodman (Environmental Law)
  • Dirk C. Hoffius (Trusts & Estates)
  • Scott A. Huizenga (Corporate Law)
  • Kaplin Jones (Tax Law)
  • David E. Khorey (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management)
  • Harvey Koning (Financial Services Regulation Law)
  • Randall W. Kraker (Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation – Real Estate, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law)
  • Thomas G. Kyros (Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Trusts and Estates)
  • Richard C. Lague (Corporate Law, Health Care Law)
  • Marilyn A. Lankfer (Trusts & Estates)
  • Joseph B. Levan (Corporate Law)
  • Timothy J. Lundgren (Water Law)
  • Michael S. McElwee (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy)
  • Daniel C. Molhoek (Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law)
  • Lawrence J. Murphy (Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment)
  • David E. Preston (Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Mining Law)
  • William E. Rohn (Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation – Labor & Employment)
  • Perrin Rynders (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor & Employment)
  • Joan Schleef (Banking and Finance Law)
  • Elizabeth Skaggs (Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment)
  • Peter A. Smit (Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment)
  • Richard R. Symons (Workers' Compensation Law – Employers)
  • Fredric A. Sytsma (Trusts & Estates)
  • Larry J. Titley (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
  • Pamela J. Tyler (Trusts & Estates)
  • Joseph J. Vogan (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management)
  • John Patrick White (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management)
  • Michael G. Wooldridge (Corporate Law)
  • Susan M. Wyngaarden (Public Finance Law)
  • Matthew D. Zimmerman (Environmental Law, Municipal Law)

Kalamazoo

  • John W. Allen (Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Trusts & Estates)
  • William A. Dornbos (Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Native American Law, Real Estate Law)
  • Richard Fries (Employment Law – Management)
  • Eric J. Guerin (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate)
  • Peter J. Livingston (Corporate Law)
  • Scott R. Sikkenga (Commercial Litigation)
  • Jeffrey D. Smith (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)

Lansing

  • Eric J. Schneidewind (Communications Law, Energy Law)

Metro Detroit

  • Thomas H. Bergh (Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Trusts and Estates)
  • Marla S. Carew (Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Tax Law)
  • Nancy Farnam (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law)
  • Richard A. Hooker (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment)
  • Paul L.B. McKenney (Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Tax Law)
  • David K. McLeod (Banking and Finance Law)
  • Eric M. Nemeth (Litigation & Controversy – Tax)

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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