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Careers at Varnum

The same entrepreneurial spirit that we admire in our clients is reflected in our attorneys

Attorneys with the vision and desire to create a path to success will enjoy a career at Varnum, where initiative and results are resourced, supported and rewarded.

While many large and mid-size firms are risk averse, we believe the opportunity to explore new ideas adds to the enjoyment of practicing law. If you’re self-motivated, entrepreneurial by nature and enjoy the thrill of creating success with like-minded partners, talk to us.

Find out what it means to be empowered at Varnum.

Key Contacts

Lateral Attorneys

Varnum is a destination of choice for proven laterals who match our cultural and entrepreneurial spirit. As a growing law firm, we regularly seek experienced attorneys to join our team and we welcome your inquiry.

Law Students

Even the most junior associates are given meaningful work early in their careers. We want our associates to make partner and provide them with the tools and guidance to get there, including mentors, professional development opportunities, regular evaluations and other resources.

Judicial Law Clerks

Through the course of their clerkships, judicial clerks gain a wealth of experience and information working with judges and observing judicial proceedings. Many of our attorneys are former clerks.

Professional Staff

The Varnum team is much more than a partnership of lawyers. We face the challenges of our profession with the strong support of a dedicated, committed staff. Like any organization our size, we often consult with outside professionals on issues such as strategic planning, technology and internal management.

Our Culture

Our culture is differentiated by our appreciation of the entrepreneur. We encourage our attorneys to explore opportunities that will help them build a successful practice and we allocate resources to ensure that opportunities are realized. 

Our individual practice plan process and strong support departments are other tools of empowerment. It is our desire that everyone reach their fullest potential, whatever that may be.

At Varnum, you’ll be empowered to:

  • Grow your practice by using and sharing new ideas
  • Become involved in causes you are passionate about
  • Connect with other attorneys through professional and social integration
  • Develop your professional knowledge and skills
  • Leverage the resources of a large law firm
Donut Monday

The firm provides donuts, bagels, fruit and other breakfast items to attorneys and staff in each office every Monday.

Black Blazers

Attaining partnership is commemorated with a custom blazer, worn to the annual Black Blazer Dinner and other special occasions.

Practice Exchange

Firm members learn about each other at the annual practice group exchange event, featuring networking via a progressive dinner.

Heart of Varnum

The firm’s highest honor celebrates firm members who exemplify the qualities of Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Respect, Service, Caring, Ambassador-ship and Professionalism.

Varnum Prom

Each spring, Varnum attorneys and professional staff are invited to attend an elegant evening soiree with a spouse or significant other.

Summer Picnic

Baseball games, park visits and good old-fashioned cookouts are a few of the ways the entire firm celebrates summer together at the annual picnic.

Break for a Slice

At least once a month, attorneys and staff enjoy a pizza lunch on the firm. (Gluten free available!) 

Just Good Food for Good Friends

Food is a rallying point at Varnum, and attorneys and staff are known by the dishes they literally bring to the table. One of our attorneys has even written a cookbook!

Spontaneous Events

From a champagne toast celebrating a big win to recognizing national beer day or Cinco de Mayo, Varnum does not miss an opportunity to celebrate.

December Holiday Party

Staff and attorneys celebrate the holiday season together, alternating annually between a firm-only event during the workday and a plus-one after-hours event.

Ten Year Club

When you’ve been at Varnum for 10 years or more, you join this growing group that meets annually to celebrate new members at a special lunch event.

Community Commitment

We are engaged in the communities where we work and live – and where our clients work and live. 

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