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Estate Planning Attorney

Linsey joined Varnum LLP in 2008 and was elected to the partnership effective January of 2015. Her legal practice includes estate and tax planning, trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, elder law, and special needs planning. She is passionate about counseling her clients and helping them to identify and achieve their immediate and long-term estate planning and philanthropic goals. In 2015 she earned credentials as a Chartered Advisory in Philanthropy®.

Linsey was honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a member of the 2019 class of Women in the Law, was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan in 2020 by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, and was also included in the 2019 and 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and in Grand Rapids Magazine's list of Top Lawyers in Michigan. Linsey was named a Michigan Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for six consecutive years, and was an ATHENA Young Professional Award finalist in 2013 and 2015. In 2016, she received the Center for Community Leadership Create GReat Award, and in 2017 she was awarded the 3-in-10 Award by Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Linsey is currently the Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation Board of Trustees, is the past Chairperson of and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Senior Neighbors, Inc, and also serves on the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Board of Directors and the Grand Rapids Whitewater, Inc. Cabinet Campaign. She is the former Chair of the Probate and Estate Planning section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Western Region, and has served on many other community non-profit boards. She is the proud graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2013, and is one of Grand Rapids Community Foundation's 100 New Philanthropists. 

For more information, please contact Linsey Gleason at 616/336-6528 or


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates, 2019, 2020 and 2021

Grand Rapids Bar Association, 3-In-10 award, 2017

Grand Rapids Business Journal©, 40 Under Forty, 2015

Grand Rapids Business Journal©, 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, 2020

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers, Trusts and Estates, 2019 and 2020

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Women in the Law, 2019

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2013 - 2018

The Center for Community Leadership, Create GReat award, 2016

Professional Affiliations

Grand Rapids Bar Association: Probate and Estate Planning Section, past chair

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning

State Bar of Florida

State Bar of Michigan

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids

Western Michigan Planned Giving Group

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan –Western Region: president, 2011 - 2012;  vice president, 2010 - 2011

Community Involvement

Center for Community Leadership, Leadership Grand Rapids 2013

Grand Action 2.0, Advisory Committee

Grand Rapids Public Museum Board of Trustees, Board member

Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation, Board Chair

Grand Rapids Whitewater, Inc., Campaign Cabinet

Rotary Club of Grand Rapids

Senior Neighbors Inc., Board member

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Board member

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Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, Michigan
J.D., summa cum laude, 2008

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., Eli Broad College of Business, General Management, 2003
Additional Major, Economics, 2003
Graduated with highest honors

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • All Florida state courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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