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Executive Director

Varnum is a growing Michigan-based firm with eight offices and over 180 attorneys. We are recognized by our firm members, clients and communities for responsive service, practical advice, quality work, and a team-oriented, entrepreneurial culture. Varnum seeks an Executive Director who welcomes the challenge of working with talented professionals to manage a successful operation with creativity and ingenuity.

The Executive Director is responsible for all business and non-legal aspects of the firm, focusing on short and long term operational issues as well as providing support for strategic planning, freeing firm management to focus on high-level managerial decisions, and developing new business. The successful Executive Director will understand the overall vision of the firm, while not losing sight of numerous operational issues that impact the firm's performance. The ideal candidate will operate comfortably across a spectrum of people and responsibilities, including financial, administrative, technology, facilities, human resources, marketing, and business development.


The Executive Director is based in Grand Rapids and reports to the Managing Partner(s) and Policy and Executive Committees.


Bachelor's degree in a related field; Master's or MBA degree preferred.


Minimum 7 to 10 years of progressive management experience in a professional service organization; law firm experience preferred.  Background in accounting, operations management, human resources and IT strongly desired.

Varnum offers an excellent compensation and benefit package with an inclusive culture and a professional work environment.  Salary commensurate with experience and position responsibilities.


Located 45 minutes from Lake Michigan beaches and blueberry farms, Grand Rapids is a thriving big city, with a small city feel.  Topping many lists, including "fastest growing economy" and "best place to raise a family", Grand Rapids is truly a scalable, inclusive community.  Led by collaborative business and philanthropic partnerships, a history of design-oriented furniture makers, innovative medical and life sciences, coupled with strong entrepreneurial activity, Grand Rapids' diverse economy continues to grow.  We are a city of neighborhoods, with strong faith communities and numerous private/public schools with a downtown that offers year-round cultural and sports attractions, as well as an iconic craft beer boom and foodie scene.

If you, or someone you know, has these qualifications and is looking for a challenging career, please send resume to:

Summer Associates

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Associate Program. To apply, please click the following link:

All applications must be received by Friday, August 3, 2018.

Professional Staff

Receptionist & Hospitality Specialist (Grand Rapids)
Varnum LLP has a full-time opening for a Receptionist & Hospitality Specialist working Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, in our Grand Rapids office. This position supports over 350 attorneys and staff members. It involves frequent and direct contact with clients, scheduling and setting up conference rooms, coordinating travel arrangements, working with vendors and providing general office support. The ideal candidate will be a polished professional who is responsible, flexible, takes initiative, can multi-task with ease and works well as part of a team.

Previous experience as a receptionist in a professional office setting, ability to use a multi-line phone system/switchboard, as well as strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Skype is preferred. Experience/education in hospitality industry is a plus. Varnum offers a professional environment with competitive compensation and benefits, including paid parking. Please send cover letter, resume and salary expectations to

Legal Secretary (Ann Arbor)
Varnum LLP has a full-time and part-time opening for a legal assistant in our Ann Arbor office. This position will support several attorneys and involve day to day administrative responsibilities as the office grows. The ideal candidate will have experience in a corporate/real estate practice, as well as estate planning with significant client interaction. We are seeking a resourceful, client service oriented professional with an appreciation for technology and top notch skills to deliver quality work. Please send cover letter, resume and salary expectations, indicating full or part time preference to

Legal Secretary (Novi)
Varnum LLP has an immediate full-time opening in our Novi office for a legal secretary with litigation and transactional experience. Demonstrated computer proficiency with MS Office and excellent typing, editing and proofreading skills are required. We are seeking a candidate who is extremely organized, with keen attention to detail and a superb commitment to client service, who can work independently as well as part of a team. We offer a professional work environment, and competitive compensation and benefits. Please send cover letter and resume to

Human Resources (Novi/Detroit/Ann Arbor)
Varnum LLP is seeking to add a Human Resources professional to our team. This mid-level position, located in SE Michigan, will support HR functions in our Novi, Detroit, and Ann Arbor offices under the supervision of the HR Director and in conjunction with the HR team based in Grand Rapids. Traveling regularly to our SE regional offices is required.

Primary responsibilities include:



Varnum LLP offers a professional environment with a competitive compensation and benefit program. Please send cover letter, resume and salary expectations to

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