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Skaggs Honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

August 4, 2014

Varnum attorney Elizabeth Wells Skaggs has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2014 Women in the Law. The honor is awarded to those who exhibit excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as a mentor to other women, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism or pro bono work.

Skaggs was recognized for her legal ability, leadership, and community involvement. She and other recipients will be honored at a luncheon in Detroit in September.

Skaggs focuses her practice on employment issues and litigation. She has counseled business clients on a variety of matters affecting the workplace, including effective employee handbooks and policies, disciplinary and dispute resolution procedures, discrimination issues, disability accommodation, wage-hour matters, family medical leave, and harassment and litigation prevention. Skaggs also has significant experience representing employers who are faced with lawsuits or charges under the numerous state and federal statutes that govern the employment relationship.

Skaggs has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2012 and this year was selected by her peers for that publication's Lawyer of the Year honors, in the area of Litigation - Labor & Employment. She regularly presents on Labor and Employment Law at various conferences and seminars throughout Michigan.

Within Varnum, Skaggs has served on the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Retention Committee, and currently serves on the firm's Recruiting and Associates Committees. Her involvement in these areas has allowed her to frequently serve as a liaison across the committees on issues affecting women and minority attorneys in the legal profession. Skaggs has been a  leading voice at Varnum on the critical importance of attracting, hiring, and retaining qualified attorneys from underrepresented groups.

Outside of her practice, Skaggs dedicates her time as a volunteer for Artists Creating Together – an organization that brings students with disabilities together with artists and art projects. She has been a Board member since 2006, served as Secretary from 2011 - 2013, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board.

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