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83 Varnum Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers 2019

August 27, 2018

A total of 83 Varnum attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Best Lawyers® is one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Varnum attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 edition are:

Ann Arbor

  • Christopher A. Ballard: Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Thomas W. Forster II: Real Estate Law


  • Richard A. Hooker: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Terrence Miglio: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Eric M. Nemeth: Litigation and Controversy – Tax

Grand Haven

  • Jeffrey Beswick: Trusts & Estates

Grand Rapids

  • Stephen P. Afendoulis: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate
  • Scott Alfree: Corporate Law, Health Care Law
  • Mark S. Allard: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – ERISA
  • Jonathan W. Anderson: Real Estate Law
  • Kimberley Baber: Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law
  • Robert A. Buchanan: Municipal Law
  • Lawrence P. Burns: Health Care Law
  • Jon M. Bylsma: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities
  • David T. Caldon: Real Estate Law
  • Christopher J. Caldwell: Trusts & Estates
  • Kimberly Clarke: Immigration Law
  • Timothy J. Curtin: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Nyal D. Deems: Real Estate Law
  • Jeffrey A. DeVree: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Tax Law
  • Ronald G. DeWaard: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance
  • Timothy E. Eagle: Trademark Law
  • Matthew B. Eugster: Environmental Law
  • Stephanie S. Fekkes: Family Law
  • Anthony P. Gauthier: Family Law
  • Linsey Gleason: Trusts and Estates
  • Bruce Goodman: Environmental Law
  • Charyn K. Hain: Commercial Litigation
  • William R. Hineline: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Dirk C. Hoffius: Trusts & Estates
  • John M. Huff: Trusts and Estates
  • Scott A. Huizenga: Corporate Law
  • Kaplin S. Jones: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Tax Law
  • David E. Khorey: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Harvey Koning: Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Randall W. Kraker: Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation – Real Estate, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law
  • Thomas G. Kyros: Trusts and Estates, Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Marilyn A. Lankfer: Trusts & Estates
  • Joseph B. Levan: Corporate Law
  • Timothy J. Lundgren: Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Water Law
  • Michael S. McElwee: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Daniel C. Molhoek: Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law
  • Robert D. Mollhagen: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Steven J. Morren: Real Estate Law
  • Lawrence J. Murphy: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation
  • Melissa Papke: Real Estate Law, Commercial Finance Law
  • Laura E. Radle: Trusts and Estates, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Wayne D. Roberts: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law
  • William E. Rohn: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Peter G. Roth: Corporate Law
  • Perrin Rynders: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Jeff Schad: Banking and Finance Law
  • Joan Schleef: Banking and Finance Law
  • Mary Kay Shaver: Banking and Finance Law
  • Elizabeth Wells Skaggs: Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Peter A. Smit: Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Richard R. Symons: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Fredric A. Sytsma: Trusts & Estates
  • Larry J. Titley: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Pamela J. Tyler: Trusts & Estates
  • Joseph J. Vogan: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Bryan R. Walters: Commercial Litigation
  • John Patrick White: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Michael G. Wooldridge: Corporate Law
  • Susan M. Wyngaarden: Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law
  • Kurt G. Yost: Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Matthew D. Zimmerman: Energy Law, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Municipal Law


  • John W. Allen: Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • William A. Dornbos: Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Native American Law, Real Estate Law
  • Richard D. Fries: Employment Law – Management
  • Eric J. Guerin: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate
  • Richard L. Halpert: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Bonnie Y. Sawusch: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Steve Weston: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs


  • Laura Chappelle: Energy Regulatory Law
  • Eric J. Schneidewind: Communications Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law


  • Thomas H. Bergh: Trusts and Estates, Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Dennis M. Devaney: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Richard T. Hewlett: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
  • Paul L.B. McKenney: Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Tax Law
  • David K. McLeod: Banking and Finance Law
  • Julia A. Perkins: Family Law
  • Brett Rendeiro: Commercial Litigation

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which leading lawyers cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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