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Varnum Partner David Rhem Running for Circuit Court Judge in Ottawa County

July 13, 2010

Varnum attorney David Rhem is running for Circuit Court Judge in Ottawa County. Rhem is seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Hon. Calvin Bosman, who is retiring at the end of 2010.

Rhem joined Varnum as an associate in 1986, a year after graduating from Washington College of Law, American University in Washington D.C. He became a Varnum partner in 1994, and has 25 years of civil litigation experience as a trial and employment lawyer. He has represented a wide array of Varnum clients, including manufacturers, colleges and universities, nonprofits, health care providers, transportation companies, food processors, as well as individuals.

At Varnum, Rhem chaired the Diversity Team for 14 years, and has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion both within the firm and in western Michigan. In 2010, Rhem moved into an Of Counsel position in order to focus on his campaign for Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge.

Rhem was born in Holland, Michigan and grew up in Spring Lake, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate degree at Hope College and went to Washington D.C. for law school, returning to Michigan after graduation. Rhem has extensive community service in Ottawa County, including serving as president of the Spring Lake Rotary Club, and being a founding board member and president of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) from 1999-2003. He played an instrumental role in LEDA's planning and presentation of the Ottawa Area Summits on Racism held at Hope College.

Rhem currently serves as vice president of the Ottawa County Bar Association, and is on the Board of Directors of Evergreen Village, a senior citizen housing community in Spring Lake. Rhem has also received many honors and awards during his time with Varnum. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and was also rated in the Top Michigan Lawyers by the Detroit News.

Rhem is one of three candidates seeking to replace Judge Bosman on the Ottawa County Circuit Court. The August 3, 2010 primary will narrow the field to two candidates, who will proceed on to the November 2, 2010 general election.

Established in 1888, 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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