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Richard C. Lague

February 20, 2014

A valued member of the Varnum team, attorney Richard C. Lague, passed away on February 5, 2014.

Lague’s practice included both corporate and health care law, which involved handling merger and acquisitions, securities, antitrust, contracts, and related matters for the firm’s business clients. He also represented a substantial number of hospitals, physician groups and integrated health care services delivery systems.

"Dick was a recognized leader among health care attorneys in the state and was a trusted advisor to a number of important hospital CEOs, including Gordon Mudler, the former CEO of the Hackley Health System," noted Larry Burns, Varnum partner and  former chair of the firm's health care practice.

Lague was consistently recognized by attorney ranking organizations including The Best Lawyers in America®, in which he was ranked in both Corporate and Health Care law for the past several years, including 2014. He was rated AV® Preeminent (the highest rating available) by Martindale- Hubbell, one of the oldest and most well-recognized peer-review organizations in the legal industry.

"In addition to his health care practice, Dick worked with some of the Muskegon area's largest manufacturers, but, perhaps because of his engineering background, he also greatly enjoyed working with and encouraging small business and industry," said Varnum's Managing Partner Scott Huizenga. "He was respected by his clients and well-liked by those he worked with, including partners and staff."

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