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Varnum Ranks First-Tier by US News Best Lawyers

November 29, 2011

Varnum received 27 Metropolitan First Tier Rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® second annual survey of law firms in the United States. For the second year in a row, Varnum was the only Grand Rapids-based law firm to receive a National ranking, in the area of Employment Law.

In addition, four Varnum attorneys were recognized with "Lawyer of the Year" status in their areas of practice.

Varnum's First Tier Rankings were in the following areas and geographic locations:

In Detroit, Varnum received a First Tier ranking in the area of Tax Law, and two Detroit-based Varnum attorneys were named Lawyer of the Year in their respective areas of practice. Paul L. B. McKenney was recognized for Tax Litigation and Controversy, and Thomas H. Bergh was recognized in the area of Trusts and Estates Litigation.

In Grand Rapids, Varnum received First Tier Rankings in:

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 & Zoning Law
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Municipal
Litigation – Real Estate
Litigation – Tax
Litigation – Trusts & Estates
Municipal Law
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

The two Grand Rapids-based Varnum attorneys named Lawyer of the Year in their respective areas of practice are John Patrick White for Employment Law/Management and Marilyn Lankfer for Trusts and Estates.

In Kalamazoo, the firm received First Tier rankings in:

Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

In Lansing, the firm received First Tier rankings in:

Communications Law
Energy Law

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.

In addition to the First Tier Rankings, Varnum also ranked in the second tier for 19 additional areas of law.

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