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Allen Appointed to American Board of Trial Advocates

May 22, 2009

Kalamazoo, Michigan May 20, 2009 – Varnum attorney John W. Allen has been appointed to the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite, invitation-only, recognition for jury trial lawyers in the United States.

The American Board of Trial Advocates is dedicated to preserving the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans. Allen is one of only 99 Michigan attorneys recognized with this honor, including Varnum trial attorney Richard Kay.

Allen specializes in business and commercial litigation. He is a board certified civil trial advocate, by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. With over 30 years experience handling legal problems, John has written and co-written dozens of articles and books, and speaks frequently to business and law groups. He regularly teaches courses in law and trial practice to other lawyers, and often serves as an expert witness.

Allen is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and has been listed in the Best Lawyers of America. He has served as the chair of the State Bar of Michigan Ethics Committee, and on the Professional Responsibility Committee of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Established in 1888, Varnum is a leading Michigan law firm providing a broad range of legal services to meet the complex needs of its clients. With more than 150 attorneys in five offices, Varnum serves as counsel to growing businesses and institutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Varnum's web site address is

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