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Varnum Attorney Honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

August 10, 2011

Varnum attorney Joy Fossel has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2011 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.

Fossel has been widely recognized in recent years for her outstanding contribution to Varnum's pro bono program. She was the recipient of the Michael S. Barnes Award for pro bono work in 2010 and will receive the 2011 John W. Cummiskey award for pro bono service from the State Bar of Michigan in September. Fossel averages 100 hours of pro bono work annually, and has given as much as 600 hours a year.

Fossel is a litigation and trial attorney with extensive experience dealing with complex business and commercial litigation, employment claims, health care litigation, product liability and contested probate matters.

Outside of her practice, Fossel is active in the West Michigan community and has been involved in numerous nonprofit organizations and causes, including serving as a trustee or director on the boards of the Gerontology Network, Careers in Transition Center West Michigan, West Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Grand Rapids Ballet, the Kent County AIDS Foundation and the Grand Rapids AIDS Resource Center, and Silent Observer.

Fossel has been a member of the Michigan State Medical Society Speaker's Bureau where she presented on sophisticated topics such as AIDS discrimination and testing and Michigan civil procedure during trial, and jury selection.

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