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U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers® Rank Varnum in 2018 “Best Law Firms” Guide

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November 2, 2017

Varnum has received 63 regional rankings in 42 practice areas in the latest edition of “Best Law Firms,” published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The 2018 report was released Nov. 1.

“Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers® in that particular practice area and metro. Varnum is ranked in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing.

During the interview process, clients and peers were asked to evaluate firms based on responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor. Among clients who took part in the survey, several provided comments about Varnum. A sampling of client quotes includes the following:

“Varnum is our go-to law firm in Michigan for all litigation matters. They are extremely professional and efficient. I would highly recommend this firm for large scale litigation matters.”* (John Burgess, Georgia-Pacific LLC)

“We have worked with Varnum extensively over the last few years on all legal matters associated with our business, both nationally and internationally. And we have found the firm to be excellent in understanding, expertise and responsiveness.“* (Adam Francis, Sun Bum)

“Varnum is our legal firm for all needs. Labor law, contract law and immigration law have been the main areas in the last year. In the past they have advised on antitrust and other topics. They are quick to respond and have experts to advise in all areas.”* (James E. Byrum, Michigan Agri-Business Association)

“Varnum provides us a wide and comprehensive array of services and has scaled its resources to meet those needs very effectively. They are a true business partner we rely on every day.”* (Dave Tuit, Acrisure)

“The Varnum team does a great job!”* (William “Brad” Kessel, Independent Bank)

A complete list of client comments is available on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Law Firms" website.

Varnum’s metropolitan rankings for 2018 include the following:

Ann Arbor

  • Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Tier 1: Construction Law
  • Tier 1: Litigation – Construction, Real Estate Law
  • Tier 1: Tax Law, Trusts & Estates Law
  • Tier 2: Employment Law - Management
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Tax
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Tier 2: Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Tier 3: Labor Law - Management

Detroit:

  • Tier 1: Employment Law – Management
  • Tier 1: Labor Law – Management
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Tax

Grand Rapids:

  • Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Tier 1: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Tier 1: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Tier 1: Corporate Law
  • Tier 1: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Tier 1: Employment Law - Management
  • Tier 1: Energy Regulatory Law
  • Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Tier 1: Health Care Law
  • Tier 1: Labor Law - Management
  • Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Real Estate
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Tax
  • Tier 1: Municipal Law
  • Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Tier 1: Tax Law
  • Tier 1: Trusts & Estates Law
  • Tier 2: Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Tier 2: Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Tier 2: International Trade and Finance Law
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Tier 2: Litigation - ERISA
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Municipal
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Tier 2: Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Tier 2: Public Finance Law
  • Tier 2: Trademark Law
  • Tier 2: Water Law
  • Tier 2: Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
  • Tier 3: Litigation - Construction
  • Tier 3: Litigation - Securities

Kalamazoo

  • Tier 1: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Tier 2: Banking and Finance Law
  • Tier 2: Employment Law - Management
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Antitrust
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Real Estate
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Tier 2: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Tier 3: Commercial Litigation

Lansing

  • Tier 1: Communications Law
  • Tier 2: Energy Law

Visit Varnum's profile on the "Best Law Firms" website for more information about Varnum and the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers® 2018 “Best Law Firms” report.

*This comment appears on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" website. Statements by clients concerning past results do not assure similar outcomes in any other matter.

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