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eDiscovery Manager

Richard is the manager of Varnum's eDiscovery practice offering. He is an attorney with a wide range of experience in handling data across many practice areas. Richard oversees the preservation, collection, processing, review and production of data. His specialty includes creation of workflows designed to maximize efficiencies for both the firm and the firm's clients. Richard is also very experienced in technology-assisted review, where he leverages cutting edge technologies, such as machine-learning, to assist attorney and client issues.

Richard holds a Relativity Master designation conferred by Relativity®. He maintains certifications as a Relativity Certified Administrator (RCA) concurrently with specialist certifications in processing, review management, project management, and analytics. He also holds a certification from the ACEDS organization as a Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS).

For more information regarding eDiscovery, please contact Richard Ford at (616) 336-6858 or


Community Involvement

City of Portage, council member, 2013 - 2020

KZOO Spartans, president, 2015 - 2019


Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Lansing, Michigan
J.D., cum laude, 2008
Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Articles Editor

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois (inactive)
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Illinois state courts (inactive)
  • All Michigan state courts
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