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Bower, Devaney, Manczak Join the Varnum Partnership

January 5, 2015

Matthew W. Bower, Dennis M. Devaney, and Richard P. Manczak have been elected partners at Varnum. All three experienced attorneys joined the firm's Metro Detroit office as counsel in 2013.

"As with many private law firms, Varnum often attracts experienced lateral attorneys who join the firm on a counsel status for a period of time before partnership consideration," said Varnum executive partner Tom Kyros. "As expected, these three attorneys have proven to be exceptional practitioners and colleagues, and they were unanimously elected to partnership at our most recent firm meeting. We are very pleased to call them our partners."

Bower is a business and corporate attorney with a focus on general business, contracts, transactions, employment and private equity. He has a particular emphasis in representing technology, internet and software startup to mid-sized companies and works extensively with Varnum's MiSpringboard program, advising startup companies. He also practices intellectual property law, specifically copyright, publishing and licensing. In addition to his practice, Bower serves on the boards of Creative Many (formerly ArtServe) and Michigan Youth Arts Association.

Devaney is an experienced labor and employment attorney, representing clients in labor and employment disputes, litigation and regulatory matters. He also counsels clients on international trade issues and was actively involved in significant trade initiatives including WTO and NAFTA. He is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Manczak is a corporate and transactional business attorney with extensive experience in all major areas of corporate, business and commercial law. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, complex business transactions, venture capital and private equity finance, and startup and early state companies. He works extensively with clients in Varnum's MiSpringboard program. In addition to his corporate practice, Manczak formerly served as general counsel to a consolidated group of over 80 privately-held companies. Manczak is a long-time resident of Southeast Michigan where he serves as a board member and secretary on both the Great Lakes Literary Arts Council and Michigan Sustainable Energy Coalition and is a member and volunteer for the Huron River Watershed Council.

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