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Fossel Elected President of Grand Rapids Bar Association

June 9, 2017

Varnum attorney Elizabeth Joy Fossel was recently elected president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association for the 2017-2018 term, which begins July 1.

Fossel has served the local bar organization in numerous capacities, most recently as president-elect. In 2015 she was elected vice president, and for three years prior she served on the board of trustees.

Fossel is a trial attorney who has spent her entire legal career at Varnum. She joined the firm in 1986, focusing on complex business and commercial litigation, employment claims, health care defense issues, product liability and contested probate matters.

Currently in counsel status, Fossel leads Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Team, coordinating the firm's internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives. Within the broader legal community, she served as a key member of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative for several years.

Fossel is well known in the community for her pro bono work. She routinely volunteers through Legal Aid of Western Michigan and in 2011 was recognized by State Bar of Michigan with the John W. Cummiskey Award for outstanding pro bono contributions. In 2010, she received the Michael S. Barnes Award, a recognition by the Grand Rapids Bar Association of exemplary dedication to pro bono service. She was featured in a 2013 ABA Journal article for her ongoing commitment to social justice through pro bono work.

Fossel has an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible, and is listed in Super Lawyers. She is a graduate of Cooley Law School and received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

GRBA membership is made up of newly admitted, practicing, non-practicing, and senior attorneys, law students and legal assistants. Membership is currently about 1,400. 

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