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64 Varnum Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers® 2016

August 20, 2015

A total of 64 Varnum attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Attorneys from each of Varnum's five offices across Michigan were selected to the list.

Several Varnum attorneys in the 2016 publication have been listed in Best Lawyers® for more than 20 years. They include Lawrence P. Burns, Timothy J. Curtin, Nyal Deems, Dirk Hoffius, Marilyn Lankfer, Daniel C. Molhoek, Fred Sytsma and Larry Titley. Curtin has the distinction of being listed in every edition of Best Lawyers® since it began publication in 1983.

The complete list of Varnum attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 are:

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
  • Lawrence P. Burns: Health Care Law
  • Jon M. Bylsma: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities
  • Christopher Caldwell: Trusts & Estates
  • 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 Eagle: Trademark Law
  • Matthew Eugster: Environmental Law
  • Bruce Goodman: Environmental Law
  • Dirk C. Hoffius: Trusts & Estates
  • Scott A. Huizenga: Corporate Law
  • Kaplin 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • John Patrick White: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Michael G. Wooldridge: Corporate Law
  • Susan M. Wyngaarden: Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law
  • Matthew D. Zimmerman:  Energy Law, Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Municipal Law

Kalamazoo

  • 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 Fries: Employment Law – Management
  • Eric J. Guerin: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate
  • Richard Halpert: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Bonnie Sawusch: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Scott R. Sikkenga: Commercial Litigation
  • Steve Weston: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lansing

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

Novi

  • Thomas H. Bergh: Trusts and Estates, Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Dennis Devaney: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Richard T. Hewlett: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation - Construction
  • Richard A. Hooker: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Paul L.B. McKenney: Litigation & Controversy – Tax, Tax Law
  • David K. McLeod: Banking and Finance Law
  • Eric M. Nemeth: Litigation & Controversy – Tax
  • 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 an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million 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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