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Varnum Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Super Lawyers

September 10, 2018

A total of 44 Varnum attorneys have been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers for 2018, including 11 honored as Michigan Rising Stars. All will be listed in the 2018 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 2018 Super Lawyers include:

Ann Arbor

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


  • Brendan G. Best, Bankruptcy: Business
  • Richard A. Hooker, Employment & Labor
  • 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
  • Ronald G. DeWaard, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 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 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 & Probate
  • Susan M. Wyngaarden, Government Finance


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


  • Thomas H. Bergh, Estate & Probate
  • Dennis Devaney, Employment & Labor
  • Richard T. Hewlett, Construction Litigation
  • Eric M. Nemeth, Tax
  • 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 2018 Michigan Rising Stars include:

  • Seth W. Ashby, Mergers & Acquisitions (Grand Rapids)
  • Luis E. Avila, Employment & Labor (Grand Rapids)
  • Linsey A. Gleason, Estate & Probate (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)
  • Michael J. Romaya, Securities and Corporate Finance (Novi)
  • Kristen Veresh, Banking (Novi)
  • Salvatore (Sam) J. Vitale, Business Litigation (Novi)


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