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Varnum Nationally Ranked in U.S. News - Best Lawyers Survey

September 15, 2010

Varnum LLP has received Metropolitan First Tier rankings in 16 areas of law and one national ranking in the inaugural Best Law Firms survey recently completed by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. Varnum was the only West Michigan-based firm to receive a national ranking.

"Best Law Firms" is the latest expansion of U.S. News Media Group's "America's Best" series, long known for their Best Colleges rankings, as well as Best Schools and Best Hospitals. U.S. News Media Group is the publisher of U.S. News & World Report magazine. The methodology for "Best Law Firms" involved surveying thousands of law firm clients, leading lawyers and law firm managers, partners and associates, and marketing officers and recruiting officers.

"The number of law firm directories and rankings has increased significantly in recent years, and one always wonders how accurately the survey results will reflect the actual marketplace," said Varnum Managing Partner Lawrence J. Murphy. "In this case, we are gratified to see that our firm was ranked high in areas in which we have historically been strong – corporate, tax, employment, health care, among other core areas of our practice. We are also pleased to be one of the few Michigan-based firms to receive a national ranking."

Varnum's national ranking came in the area of Employment Law - Management. The firm ranked in the second tier nationally. Varnum was the only Grand Rapids-based firm to receive a national ranking.

Varnum's Metropolitan First Tier rankings are in the following areas:


  • Tax Law

Grand Rapids:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts and Estates Law


  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants


  • Communications Law
  • Energy Law


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