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Varnum Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Super Lawyers

September 20, 2019

Varnum attorneys in seven offices have been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers for 2019, including several young attorneys honored as Michigan Rising Stars. All will be listed in the 2019 publication of Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.

Recognition in Super Lawyers is a result of nominations by lawyers and judges, research by Super Lawyers and an independent lawyer evaluation service. Varnum attorneys who have been recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers include:

Ann Arbor

  • Christopher A. Ballard, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Thomas W. Forster II, Real Estate


  • Brendan G. Best, Bankruptcy: Business
  • Richard A. Hooker, Employment & Labor
  • Terrence J. Miglio, Employment & Labor
  • Eric Nemeth, Tax

Grand Rapids

  • Adam J. Brody, Business Litigation
  • Lawrence P. Burns, Health Care
  • Jon M. Bylsma, Business Litigation
  • Nyal Deems, Real Estate
  • Ronald G. DeWaard, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Dirk C. Hoffius, Estate Planning & Probate
  • John M. Huff, State/Local/Municipal
  • David E. Khorey, Employment & Labor
  • Thomas G. Kyros, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Marilyn A. Lankfer, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Lawrence J. Murphy, Employment Litigation: Defense
  • Wayne D. Roberts, Tax
  • William E. Rohn, Business Litigation
  • Michael Roth, Business Litigation
  • Perrin Rynders, Business Litigation
  • Elizabeth Wells Skaggs, Employment & Labor
  • Fredric A. Sytsma, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Susan M. Wyngaarden, Government Finance


  • John W. Allen, Family Law
  • Bonnie Y. Sawusch, PI General: Plaintiff


  • Thomas H. Bergh, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Dennis Devaney, Employment & Labor
  • Richard T. Hewlett, Construction Litigation
  • Julia A. Perkins, Family Law
  • Maureen Rouse-Ayoub, Employment & Labor

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 2019 Michigan Rising Stars include:

  • Seth W. Ashby, Mergers & Acquisitions (Grand Rapids)
  • Luis E. Avila, Employment & Labor (Grand Rapids)
  • Bradley S. Defoe, Business Litigation (Novi)
  • Mallory A. Field, Business/Corporate (Detroit)
  • Erin Klug, Intellectual Property (Novi)
  • Timothy P. Monsma, Business Litigation (Grand Rapids)
  • John J. Rolecki, Business Litigation (Grand Rapids)
  • Kristen Veresh, Banking (Novi)
  • Salvatore (Sam) J. Vitale, Business Litigation (Novi)
  • Rebecca K. Wrock, Estate Planning & Probate (Ann Arbor)


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