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Allen Appointed to Mackinac Center for Public Policy Board of Advisors

June 16, 2009

Kalamazoo, Michigan June 11, 2009 – Varnum attorney John W. Allen has been appointed to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy Board of Advisors for the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek area.

The Mackinac Center is a nonpartisan research and educational institute devoted to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting solutions to state and local policy questions. To assist its work, it has formed Boards of Advisors throughout Michigan, by invitation only, comprised of local business and professional leaders.

Allen specializes in business and commercial litigation. He is a certified civil trial advocate (National Board of Trial Advocacy) and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). With over 30 years of 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.

Allen has been chair of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce, and serves on many charitable and community boards. He serves on the Board of the Golf Association of Michigan, and the USGA Senior Amateur Committee.

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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