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Varnum Law Ranked Among the Nation's Top Law Firms

June 25, 2010

Varnum's Labor & Employment and Corporate Practice areas received high praise in the recently-released edition of Chambers USA 2010, a national directory that ranks leading law firms and lawyers. Four Varnum attorneys were also ranked.

Chambers USA is a reference guide that ranks both attorneys and law firms who practice corporate law. Varnum LLP was ranked in Labor & Employment Law and Corporate/Mergers & Acquisition. Because Chambers USA rankings are derived through peer reviews and client interviews, it is an objective look into the practice of attorneys and ranks the firms and attorneys considered leaders in their field. For the current directory, thousands of interviews were conducted with both attorneys and clients by a team of 100 full-time researchers.

Based on the research and interviews, researchers developed an overview of each ranking firm. The 2010 description of Varnum's Labor & Employment Law specialty area states, "This outstanding Grand Rapids team undertakes the full array of traditional labor law matters, and has a particularly strong reputation in labor litigation. The lawyers are also well versed in state and federal agency work, as well as unemployment insurance taxation matters and arbitrations. Sources say Varnum has an impressive presence in Grand Rapids, with great leadership skills."

Varnum's Corporate specialty area was also ranked as a nationally competitive law practice. The overview states, "This group predominantly operates out of Grand Rapids. It advises a variety of multinational and domestic companies on a range of corporate and commercial issues, including contract matters and transactional work."

The attorneys from Varnum who have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition are:

Richard Hooker, Labor Law & Employment Law

Lawrence Murphy, Labor Law & Employment Law

David Khorey, Labor Law & Employment Law

Thomas Barnes, Labor Law & Employment Law

Of the four ranked Varnum attorneys, Chambers USA said:

"Richard Hooker is particularly well known for his expertise in unemployment tax, traditional labor relations and employment litigation. Interviewees praise his client-handling skills and his aptitude as a case facilitator."

"Lawrence Murphy is the firm's managing partner and a talented employment litigator. Interviewees praise him as 'an extremely knowledgeable practitioner who always has his clients' interests at heart.' Murphy's main areas of focus are harassment, discrimination and wrongful discharge work; he is also renowned as a mediator."

"Labor lawyer David Khorey acts for clients from the health care, automotive and manufacturing industries. He is also an able litigator."

"Thomas Barnes practices traditional labor law, with a particular emphasis on collective bargaining. Interviewees identify him as 'one of the senior go-to lawyers on the west side of Michigan.' His practice has an ever-greater emphasis on arbitration, and he is praised for his skillful work in this area."

Varnum is a leading Michigan law firm providing a broad range of legal services to meet the complex needs of its clients. With more than 150 attorneys in five offices, Varnum serves as counsel to growing businesses and institutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Varnum's web site address is

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