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Kent J. Vana Of Counsel

Kent Vana Labor and Employment Law
Grand Rapids
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Labor and Employment Experience

Kent has more than 40 years of experience representing management interests in labor matters, focusing on planning for and acting as principal spokesman in negotiations, work stoppages, and NLRB proceedings. He provides counsel and advice to management in union organizing campaigns, union avoidance programs, and maintenance of union-free environment.

Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission: Chair, 2009 - 2011; Vice Chair, 2008 - 2009
  • Citizen's Research Council of Michigan (Chair, 2005-2008)
  • American Employment Law Council (Charter Member)
  • American Bar Association: Committee on Law of Union Administration and Procedure (Management Co-Chair, 1983 - 1992)
  • International Industrial Relations Research Association and West Michigan Chapter
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association


  • Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1987
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers since 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating, AV® Preeminent™


  • University of Michigan Law School
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Bachelor of Law, 1962
  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Bachelor of Arts, 1959
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