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Hastings City Attorney Joins Varnum Law Firm

January 11, 2016

Varnum is pleased to announce that Stephanie Fekkes has joined the firm. Fekkes, who has served as the Hastings City Attorney for a total of 20 years, joins Varnum from the former Law Weathers law firm.

Fekkes has served as Hastings City Attorney since 2005 and also served from 1994 to 2004. In the interim, she served as a Barry County Probate/Family Court Judge. 

In addition to her municipal practice, Fekkes represents individuals in family law and estate planning matters. She also provides corporate and real estate counsel to business clients, including real estate acquisitions, development, and management.

Fekkes has a strong record of community involvement. In 2004, she helped establish Green Gables Haven, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse in Barry County, and has served as the President of the Board of Directors for the past nine years.

Fekkes is a founding member of the Barry County Juvenile Drug Court Program, Barry County Hospice House, and the Women's Giving Circle of Barry County. She serves on the Patient Safety Committee of Pennock-Spectrum Health Board and served the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Barry County from 1995 to 2004. She also served for several years on the Board of Directors of Kent County CASA, an organization of court-appointed volunteers who act on behalf of abused or neglected children as they pass through the family court system.

Prior to entering private practice, Fekkes clerked for Judge Eveland in Eaton County, Michigan. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg Community College, where she instructed the Introduction of Criminal Justice class from 2004-2008, and at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she instructed students in an intra-school moot court course from 1989-1996.

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