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Fred L. Schubkegel Partner

Fred Schubkegel Business Law
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Caitlin K. Urisko, 269/553-3504

Business Experience

Fred provides general legal counsel to private business interests and non-profit organizations. He has over 25 years experience assisting for-profit and non-profit companies with advice, strategies and services related to start-up, growth, development and exit, including entity formation and governance, financing, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, asset protection and business succession planning. Fred has extensive knowledge in real estate and economic development (with a particular knack for packaging incentives and credits to make the impossible deal possible), finance (with an emphasis on venture capital, angel investing and public-private partnerships), and businesses or properties impacted by environmental regulations or concerns. He is also one of Varnum’s “go to” experts for legal matters involving medical device and life science companies, the film, music and entertainment industries, business ventures of American Indian tribes, and minority business enterprises.


  • University of Chicago Law School
    Chicago, Illinois
    J.D., with honors, 1985
  • Augustana College
    Rock Island, Illinois
    B.A., magna cum laude, 1982

Community Involvement

  • Southwest Michigan First, Council of 100
  • Michigan Medical Device Accelerator, Board of Directors
  • Consultant Connect, Board of Directors
  • Kalamazoo Symphony, past Board of Directors
  • Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, past Tax Committee Chair, Public Policy Committee and Environmental Committee
  • Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce, past Public Policy Committee


  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers in 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating, BV® Distinguished™

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association: American Indian Law Section; Real Estate Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan: American Indian Law Section; Real Property Law Section; Environmental Law Section; Business Law Section
  • Illinois State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • Kalamazoo Bar Association
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