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Varnum Ranked in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

June 17, 2016

Varnum is once again one of the few Michigan law firms to be ranked in the latest edition of Chambers USA, which ranks lawyers and law firms based on client and peer research. In Michigan, Chambers ranks firms in eight practice areas.

Varnum was ranked in the areas of Banking & Finance, Labor & Employment and Real Estate, and was also recognized in Corporate/M&A.

Chambers published the following about Varnum in the 2016 edition:

Banking and Finance (Varnum was one of seven firms ranked in Michigan): Continues to grow a solid reputation in the Michigan market for its handling of a range of commercial and bank loan origination work. Practitioners are particularly adept at advising on financing, corporate and regulatory matters for major domestic banks. Strengths: (quotes mainly from clients) "A great team - the work and communication between practice groups is strong and predictable." and: "I would strongly recommend them to anyone seeking counsel."

Labor & Employment (Varnum was one of 13 firms ranked in Michigan): High-quality labor and employment offering with complementary expertise in immigration law. Routinely advises large human resources departments on workforce reduction strategies, contract issues and labor relations. Strengths: (quotes mainly from clients) "They are excellent - they provide very good support and direction on sensitive human resources matters." and: "Varnum has an excellent, well-established reputation throughout Michigan. They provide exceptional service."

Real Estate (Varnum was one of 10 firms ranked in Michigan.): Compact real estate group based in Grand Rapids, with a strong transactional focus and significant experience in finance-related matters. Highly adept at advising clients in high-value commercial, industrial and residential development work. Strengths: (quotes mainly from clients) "An excellent firm with great attorneys that are very well respected within the community." and: "They're excellent in all aspects of real estate transactions and environmental assessment."

Chambers also recognizes individual attorneys as notable practitioners, and recognized the following Varnum attorneys in 2016:

Nyal Deems (Real Estate) is an accomplished real estate practitioner with considerable experience in projects involving the construction of shopping centers, housing units and marinas. Sources highlight him for his "command of the overall transaction," and describe him as a "calm and careful negotiator and drafter."

Richard Hooker (Labor & Employment) has a strong reputation in traditional labor law matters including union organizing and negotiations. One impressed client said: "He is an expert in employment law and gives thorough, detailed advice on the steps to take, always with the end result in mind. He is very prompt in responding and provides an excellent service."

Dave Khorey (Labor & Employment) has "such a breadth of experience in this area, that he is able to talk things through and craft unique, business-oriented solutions." He acts for a range of clients including those in the health care, transportation and printing markets.

David McLeod (Banking & Finance) The "excellent" David McLeod is a respected transactional attorney with extensive experience in the banking sphere. He often takes on complex financing matters for a range of significant financial services clients and is lauded for his responsiveness and the quality of his advice. 

Larry Murphy (Labor & Employment) is described by commentators as "very knowledgeable" in defending management in significant employment and contract law disputes. He is additionally familiar in issues relating to trade secrets and drug testing. 

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