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Varnum Attorneys Receive “Lawyer of the Year” Recognition from U.S. News - Best Lawyers

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October 30, 2012

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® recently honored four Varnum attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" in their respective areas of practice for 2013.

The attorneys and the practice area for which they are being recognized are:

  • Ron DeWaard, Litigation-Banking & Finance
  • Randall Kraker, Litigation-Municipal
  • Joan Schleef, Banking & Finance Law
  • John Patrick White, Labor Law-Management

Best Lawyers® began designating "Lawyers of the Year" in the U.S. in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this honor particularly significant. According to Best Lawyers: "This honor is based on exhaustive peer-review assessments, and thus this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers."

DeWaard is a member of Varnum's Litigation and Trial group with extensive first-chair trial experience across the country. In addition to this latest recognition, DeWaard is listed in Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America®, and was recently recognized as a Leading Plaintiff's Star in Michigan by Benchmark Litigation.

Kraker is a member of the Municipal practice group and focuses his practice on land use and zoning issues as well as all aspects of municipal law and finance. He is also recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America®.

Schleef is a member of Varnum's Financial Services group and represents commercial lenders and asset-based lenders including banks in documenting, negotiating and closing numerous types of commercial loan transactions. She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America.®

White is a member and current chair of Varnum's Labor and Employment group. His practice focuses on the full spectrum of civil rights issues, race and gender disability matters, free speech and electronic privacy issues in the workplace. He is also listed in Michigan Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America®.

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