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Corporate Attorney

Fred provides general legal counsel to private business interests and nonprofit organizations. He has over 30 years of experience assisting for-profit and nonprofit companies with advice, strategies and services related to startup, growth, development and exit, including entity formation and governance, financing, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, asset protection and business succession planning.

Fred has extensive knowledge in real estate and economic development with a particular knack for packaging incentives and credits to make the impossible deal possible; finance with an emphasis on venture capital, angel investing and public-private partnerships; and businesses or properties impacted by environmental regulations or concerns. He is also one of Varnum’s “go to” experts for legal matters involving medical device and life science companies; the film, music and entertainment industries; business ventures of American Indian tribes; and minority business enterprises.


Honors & Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan Super Lawyers®, 2007

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association: American Indian Law Section; Real Estate Law Section

Illinois State Bar

Kalamazoo Bar Association

Pennsylvania State Bar

State Bar of Michigan: American Indian Law Section; Real Property Law Section; Environmental Law Section; Business Law Section

Community Involvement

Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee, past member

Consultant Connect, Board of Directors

Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce: past Tax Committee chair; Public Policy Committee; Environmental Committee

Kalamazoo Symphony, past Board of Directors

Michigan Medical Device Accelerator, Board of Directors

Southwest Michigan First, Council of 100

News & Publications


"Real Estate Development Prospects Under the Trump Administration: The Developer in Chief", January 2018

"Infrastructure Investment Using New Markets Tax Credits: A Step-by-Step Approach", June 2017

"Using New Markets Tax Credits to Enhance Your Brownfield Redevelopment Project", January 2017

"Maximizing the Business Advantage of Tribal Sovereignty", June 2016


University of Chicago School of Law
Chicago, Illinois
J.D., with honors, 1985

Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois
B.A., magna cum laude, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
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