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General Counsel

Bryan is the firm's General Counsel. Previously, Bryan spent more than 20 years helping companies successfully resolve business disputes, representing clients in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, health care, and professional services. He is particularly experienced in federal court litigation, both in West Michigan and across the country.  

For more information, please contact Bryan Walters at 616/336-6865 or brwalters@varnumlaw.com

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2019, 2020, 2021

Leading Lawyers, Commercial Litigation

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States

Federal Bar Association, West Michigan Chapter: president, 2016 - 2017

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Litigation Section

State Bar of Illinois

State Bar of Michigan: Litigation Section; Appellate Section

Community Involvement

East Grand Rapids City Commissioner, 2017 - present

East Grand Rapids Board of Review, 2018 - present

East Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Trustee, 2018 - 2020

East Grand Rapids Middle School, Science Olympiad coach, 2014 - 2017

Fountain Street Church: Governing Board chair, 2013 - 2015; Senior Minister Search Committee, 2018 - 2020

News & Publications

Presentations

"Can Your Company Employees Keep a (Trade) Secret?" Grand Rapids Business Journal, June 20, 2011

 "Judicial Clerkships and the Salary Wars," The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 48 No. 5, June 2011

Publications

Education

University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 1997
Michigan Law Review, Contributing Editor

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., magna cum laude, International Relations, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Norther District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Supreme Court
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