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Rich Hewlett Recognized as Go To Lawyer for Construction Law

April 24, 2023

Varnum partner Rich Hewlett has been named a Go To Lawyer for Construction Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He was one of only 20 attorneys from around the state to be honored for demonstrating unique expertise in the construction legal industry.

Hewlett’s recognition is based on his professional expertise and record of success for clients as well as his commitment to the industry. For more than 32 years, he has successfully represented owners, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals in a wide range of construction law matters, with a strong focus on contracts, claims and litigation. A versatile litigator, he has achieved favorable results for his clients in construction, commercial and shareholder disputes, both in court and before arbitral bodies. His legal ability, work ethic and character have earned the respect of his clients and other attorneys with whom he works and he is widely recognized within the industry as an expert on construction law matters.

Hewlett’s professional excellence is recognized by several national organizations that rate attorneys and law firms. He has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ rating – the highest possible – by Martindale Hubbell. He is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and has been named “Lawyer of the Year” four times for Construction Litigation, in addition to numerous other recognitions.

  • The “Go To” Lawyers program is a relatively new recognition by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, intended to bring awareness to practitioners within a particular area of law. “Go To” lawyers are described by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as follows:
  • A lawyer who is an expert in his or her field, well-versed in the nuances of the case law, statutes and regulations clients will encounter.
  • A lawyer who is experienced and enjoys a record of success, with many cases and/or transactions that give testimony to the quality advice he or she can provide.
  • A lawyer to whom other lawyers make referrals because of his or her expertise and accomplishments.
  • A lawyer who can think creatively and identify all options for a client.
  • A lawyer you would name when a friend from another state calls and says she has a client who needs some legal help in a given part of our state.
  • A lawyer you might call yourself if you needed legal help in his or her field.

Hewlett and other Go To Lawyers for Construction Law honorees were profiled in a special section in the March 27 print and digital issues of Michigan Lawyers Weekly. More about the program can be found here.

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