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Varnum Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers

September 12, 2016

Forty-one Varnum attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers, including ten honored as 2016 Michigan Rising Stars. All will be listed in the 2016 publication of Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine and in the September issue of Hour Detroit.

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. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Varnum attorneys who have been recognized as 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers include:


  • Brendan G. Best, Bankruptcy: Business
  • Terrence J. Miglio, Employment & Labor

Grand Rapids

  • 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
  • John M. Huff, State/Local/Municipal
  • 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
  • Michael Roth, 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
  • Kurt G. Yost, Business/Corporate


  • 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
  • Eric M. Nemeth, Tax

The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. Varnum attorneys who have been recognized as 2016 Michigan Rising Stars include:

  • Seth W. Ashby, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Luis E. Avila, Employment & Labor
  • Bradley S. Defoe, Business Litigation
  • Mallory A. Field, Business/Corporate
  • Linsey A. Gleason, Estate & Probate
  • Timothy P. Monsma, Business Litigation
  • Gary J. Mouw, Appellate
  • John J. Rolecki, Business Litigation
  • Michael J. Romaya, Banking
  • Sam J. Vitale, Business Litigation

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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