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Four Veteran Trial Attorneys Join Varnum's Kalamazoo Office

June 26, 2013

Varnum is pleased to announce the addition of four veteran trial attorneys to the firm. Richard L. Halpert, Steven H. Weston, Bonnie Y. Sawusch, and Deborah K. Palmer joined Varnum in April and are based in the firm's Kalamazoo office.

The attorneys, who have practiced together for many years in the Halpert, Weston and Sawusch law firm, have a national practice representing clients in complex litigation matters. They have obtained multiple multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients, achieving record results along the way.

"This group of attorneys is known in and beyond Michigan for their excellent work and expertise representing clients in a very competitive area," said Bill Rohn, Varnum partner and chair of the firm's Litigation and Trial Practice Team. "They have earned a sterling reputation through efforts that have resulted in AV® Martindale-Hubbell ratings, their recognition as top trial lawyers, their regularly being called upon to serve as special mediators and arbitrators, and their work for charitable and civic organizations. We are proud to welcome them to the firm."

Richard L. Halpert has over 40 years of personal injury litigation and trial experience, a significant amount of which has been gained in products liability, wrongful death, and burn injury matters. He is a member of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors (International), including as a Board Member and first vice president. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008. He has been rated AV-Preeminent™ (highest rating possible) by Martindale-Hubbell for over 30 years. He has served as the chief assistant prosecutor for Van Buren County and a special chief assistant prosecutor for Kalamazoo County. He has co-authored over 40 publications for trial lawyers.

Steven H. Weston has almost 28 years of personal injury litigation and trial experience, with a particular emphasis in representing traumatic brain injury survivors and their families. His practice includes the study and understanding of traumatic brain injury litigation. He is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the North American Brain Injury Society, the International Brain Injury Association, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and the Brain Injury Network of Southwest Michigan. Steve also represents burn survivors, and is a member of the American Burn Association and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Steve has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010 and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers. He is rated AV-Preeminent (highest rating possible) by Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Bonnie Y. Sawusch has served clients affected by catastrophic personal injuries, including burns, brain and spinal cord injuries and/or the deaths of loved ones for more than 20 years. A licensed RN, Bonnie worked as a critical care nurse in a large acute care hospital for many years prior to obtaining her law degree. She maintains her RN license and is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses as well as the American Burn Association and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Bonnie is a member of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Michigan, for which she recently completed a term as chairperson. She is a former law clerk to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Patricia J. Bayle. Bonnie has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010, and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers. She is rated AV-Preeminent (highest rating possible) by Martindale-Hubbell.

Deborah K. Palmer has worked in the personal injury field for more than 15 years, initially as a paralegal and as an attorney for the past eight years. She has been involved in the investigation, litigation and resolution of matters ranging from general negligence and wrongful death to automobile negligence, premises liability, and trucking accident cases. She is a member of the American Burn Association and the Phoenix Society for  Burn Survivors.  Debbie has developed a growing Social Security law practice to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining disability benefits and qualifying for Medicaid or Medicare.

All four attorneys as well as their office staff have moved into Varnum's Kalamazoo office at 251 North Rose Street.

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