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U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers® Rank Varnum in 2019 “Best Law Firms” Guide

November 1, 2018

Varnum received 65 metropolitan rankings in the latest edition of “Best Law Firms,” published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The 2019 report was released November 1.

“Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes evaluations by clients and lawyers, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

During the interview process, clients and peers were asked to evaluate firms based on responsiveness, understanding of the client’s business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity and civility, as well as whether they would refer a matter to the firm and/or consider the firm a worthy competitor. Among clients who took part in the survey, several provided comments about Varnum. A sampling of client quotes includes the following*:

“Varnum’s attorneys are thorough, intelligent and detail-oriented with a substantial amount of experience and expertise. They set the bar quite high and reach it.”

-- Allan Daniels, Daniels Management Co.

“Very responsive, understands our needs, can bring in other attorneys when and where needed from their firm. Very cost effective. Extremely satisfied with their work.”

-- Steve Field, RLS Interventional Corporation

“Extremely helpful in navigating labor law considering our large union workforce. Very broad areas of expertise to fill all our business and liability requirements. Excellent representation and results experienced.”

-- Mark Taylor, Bradford White

“I was first introduced to Varnum when considering legal counsel for a commercial litigation matter. What I found was that the firm in general, and the attorneys I worked with in particular, were highly competent and skilled in their practice area of the law. Without hesitation I would recommend this firm. “

-- Jerry Wright, Adrian College

“Varnum is our go-to law firm in Michigan for all litigation matters. They are extremely professional and efficient. I would highly recommend this firm for large scale litigation matters.”

-- John Burgess, Georgia-Pacific LLC

“We have worked extensively with Elizabeth (Beth) Skaggs. She is phenomenal. As an HR Office of one for a campus with about 500 employees, Beth’s knowledge of employment laws has been indispensable.”

-- Renee Burck, Adrian College

“Pete Roth is excellent to work with. He knows how to manage transactions and cut through the challenges. He also does a great job balancing our needs and knows when I will handle details and when he needs to step in.

-- Dan Scheid, Harold Zeigler Auto Group

“It’s just a pleasure doing business with them. They are good people, they do a great job, they charge fairly, they are very interested in our business, and they look for opportunity to contribute value when they can. It’s a good, strong, professional relationship and they are likable people.

-- Anonymous

*These comments were collected as part of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” research. Statements about past results do not assure similar outcomes in any other matter.

Varnum’s U.S. News and World Report/Best Law Firms rankings for 2019 include:

Ann Arbor

  • Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Tier 1: Construction Law
  • Tier 1: Litigation – Construction
  • Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Tier 1: Tax Law
  • Tier 1: Trusts & Estates Law
  • Tier 2: Employment Law - Management
  • Tier 2: Family Law
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Tax
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Tier 2: Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Tier 3: Labor Law - Management

Detroit

  • Tier 1: Employment Law – Management
  • Tier 1: Labor Law – Management
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Tax

Grand Rapids

  • Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Tier 1: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Tier 1: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Tier 1: Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Tier 1: Corporate Law
  • Tier 1: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Tier 1: Employment Law - Management
  • Tier 1: Energy Regulatory Law
  • Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Tier 1: Health Care Law
  • Tier 1: Labor Law - Management
  • Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Real Estate
  • Tier 1: Litigation - Tax
  • Tier 1: Municipal Law
  • Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Tier 1: Tax Law
  • Tier 1: Trusts & Estates Law
  • Tier 2: Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Tier 2: International Trade and Finance Law
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Tier 2: Litigation - ERISA
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Municipal
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Tier 2: Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Tier 2: Public Finance Law
  • Tier 2: Trademark Law
  • Tier 2: Water Law
  • Tier 2: Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
  • Tier 3: Litigation - Construction
  • Tier 3: Litigation - Securities

Kalamazoo

  • Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Tier 1: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Tier 1: Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Tier 2: Employment Law - Management
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Antitrust
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Real Estate
  • Tier 2: Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Tier 3: Commercial Litigation

Lansing

  • Tier 1: Communications Law
  • Tier 1: Energy Regulatory Law
  • Tier 2: Energy Law

Visit Varnum's profile on the "Best Law Firms" website for more information about Varnum and the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers® 2019 “Best Law Firms” report.

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