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Varnum Attorneys Honored in 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers

November 18, 2015

Thirty-three Varnum attorneys have been named Super Lawyers in the annual publication of Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. A total of 28 attorneys were named 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers and five have been honored as 2014 Michigan Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named Super Lawyers, and only two and a half percent are named Rising Stars.

Varnum attorneys who have been recognized as 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers include:

Grand Rapids

  • Jonathan W. Anderson, Real Estate
  • Adam J. Brody, Business Litigation
  • Lawrence P. Burns, Health Care
  • Jon M. Bylsma, Business Litigation
  • Nyal Deems, Real Estate
  • Jeffrey A. DeVree, Employee Benefits
  • Ron DeWaard, Civil Litigation: Defense
  • Elizabeth J. Fossel, Business Litigation
  • Dirk C. Hoffius, Estate & Probate
  • David E. Khorey, Employment & Labor
  • Thomas G. Kyros, Estate & Probate
  • Marilyn A. Lankfer, Estate & Probate
  • Lawrence J. Murphy, Employment & Labor
  • William E. Rohn, Business Litigation
  • Perrin Rynders, Business Litigation
  • Elizabeth Wells Skaggs, Employment & Labor
  • Fredric A. Sytsma, Estate & Probate
  • Pamela J. Tyler, Estate & Probate
  • Susan M. Wyngaarden, Government Finance


  • John W. Allen, Business Litigation (also named in Michigan Top 100)
  • Bonnie Y. Sawusch, PI General: Plaintiff
  • Steven H. Weston, PI General: Plaintiff

Metro Detroit

  • Thomas H. Bergh, Estate & Probate
  • Dennis Devaney, Employment & Labor
  • Richard T. Hewlett, Construction Litigation
  • Richard A. Hooker, Employment & Labor
  • Terrence J. Miglio, Employment & Labor
  • Eric M. Nemeth, Tax

Varnum attorneys who have been recognized as 2015 Michigan Rising Stars include:

  • Seth W. Ashby, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Bradley S. Defoe, Business Litigation
  • Linsey A. Gleason, Estate & Probate
  • Timothy P. Monsma, Business Litigation
  • Michael J. Romaya, Banking

Recognition in Super Lawyers is a result of nominations by lawyers and judges and after research by Super Lawyers, an independent lawyer evaluation service. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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