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Benchmark Litigation 2009 Names Varnum as Recommended Law Firm

July 22, 2009

Grand Rapids, Mich., July 16, 2009 – Benchmark Litigation 2009 has named Varnum as a recommended law firm for litigation matters. The publication also recognized Varnum attorneys Stephen Afendoulis and Brett Rendeiro as recommended litigators by peers and clients.

The Benchmark Litigation directory is "the definitive guide to America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys." Only ten firms from the state received recognition. To be named in the research-based directory, firms had to be consistently recognized by peers and clients.

Afendoulis was recognized as one of 28 " Litigation Stars" in the State of Michigan ("consistently recommended as incontrovertible stars by clients and peers"). He is a partner and past chairman of the trial practice group with a focus in the areas of complex commercial; personal injury; partnership, shareholder and LLC disputes; and trademark and unfair competition. Afendoulis, a graduate of Kalamazoo College and University of Toledo School of Law, also serves as chair of the firm's Sports and Entertainment Group.

Rendeiro was named one of 18 "Future Stars" ("consistently recommended by peer partners, competitors and clients as litigators who are likely to appear as "Local Litigation Stars" in coming editions"). He specializes in litigating complex employment and commercial disputes, family and employment based immigration matters, and alternative dispute resolution. Rendeiro is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University Law School.

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 www.varnumlaw.com.

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