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Chambers USA 2015 Ranks Varnum in Banking, Labor and Employment, Litigation and Real Estate

June 2, 2015

Varnum has once again been ranked in several practice areas in Chambers USA, a national directory that ranks leading law firms and lawyers. Varnum achieved rankings in four of the six practice areas for which Chambers ranks Michigan firms, and received recognition in a fifth area.

Varnum was ranked in Banking & Finance, Labor & Employment, General Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, and was recognized in Corporate/M&A practice.

Chambers published the following about Varnum:

Banking and Finance (Varnum was one of seven law firms ranked in Michigan.): Noted for its advice on M&A and securities offerings to financial institutions. Also commonly called upon to advise both lenders and borrowers in commercial and real estate loans and loan workouts. Strengths (quotes mainly from clients):"The turnaround time for drafting is very good. They work all hours to make sure we get stuff in on time. It's a pleasure to work with them." And: "They work very well as a team. They're very effective in how they work."

Labor and Employment (Varnum was one of 13 firms ranked in Michigan.): Recognized for its strengths in workers' compensation, in addition to traditional labor issues and employment litigation. Acts for a broad client base that includes companies in the automotive, financial services and manufacturing arenas. Strengths (quotes mainly from clients) "They work well as a team. They're always looking out for our best interests. They are very knowledgeable when it comes to what's happening with labor law and the practical world." And: "They are thorough, responsive and detailed. They know our facilities and our industry very well, and have good relationships with the unions."

Litigation – General Commercial (Varnum was one of 10 law firms ranked in Michigan.) What the team is known for: Has a fine track record in disputes crossing the litigation spectrum. Recent cases have included matters relating to insurance and real estate issues. Also noted for its strengths in securities, antitrust, construction and environmental claims. Jon Bylsma leads the practice and is the key departmental contact.

Real Estate (Varnum was one of 10 firms ranked in Michigan.) What the team is known for: Continues to be in much demand from developers and investors for a variety of real estate matters. Maintains a fine reputation for its zoning and land use work, and also advises on environmental-related issues concerning real estate projects. Strengths (quotes mainly from clients) "They are great in their communication and their follow-through is exceptional."

Chambers also acknowledged several Varnum attorneys as notable practitioners including:  

Nyal Deems (Real Estate) is described as a "very skilled" and "excellent attorney," and is also singled out by clients for his straightforward approach to matters. He is sought after for his experience in land approvals as well as lease transactions.

Richard Hooker (Labor and Employment) has wide-ranging expertise in traditional labor issues, and is experienced in resolving disputes through both litigation and arbitration. "His strengths are his vast knowledge, extremely quick response time and willingness to pull in other attorneys that specialize in matters we may need assistance in," notes one impressed source.

David Khorey (Labor and Employment) works on complex matters concerning traditional labor and employment issues. He is often involved in NLRB proceedings and matters connected to union relationships.

David McLeod (Banking) represents a fine choice of counsel for acquisition, development and construction financing in real estate matters. He draws much praise for his "creativity and experience" and for his ability to work in a timely fashion to meet short-term deadlines.

Lawrence Murphy (Labor and Employment) concentrates on employment litigation. He is well versed in matters concerning noncompetes, discipline and discrimination, and also advises on trade secrets issues.

Each year, Chambers USA conducts in-depth research through telephone interviews with lawyers and clients in order to rank lawyers and law firms. Chambers is noted for providing a comprehensive view of the marketplace, the depth and quality of research, and commitment to reporting integrity. Chambers USA was recently identified as the overwhelming leader in a poll of 20,000 in-house counsel from around the world who were asked to identify which directory they use to find lawyers or law firms.

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