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Corporate Attorney

Scott is a partner and member of Varnum's Executive Committee. His practice focuses on business representation including transactions, planning and counseling. Specifically, Scott deals with acquisitions, sales, mergers, succession planning, private equity, financing and joint ventures on a variety of levels. He also spends a significant portion of his time counseling clients on supply chain contracting issues.

Experience

Experience

Acquisition of assets of automotive supplier ($54 million).

Sale of assets of laser cosmetic surgery and related services provider with more than 200 individual customer centers to private equity fund involving subordinated seller financing ($225 million).

Merger transaction involving the consolidation of multiple automotive suppliers and subsequent sale transaction to a private equity fund, including equity rollover considerations ($415 million).

Management buyout of food processing company from private equity owner ($75 million).

Sale of a chain of 33 gas stations and convenience stores to a private equity fund ($31 million).

Representation of a food processing company in its recapitalization and sale ($63 million).

Joint venture transaction combining automotive body panels company with a tooling design and build company to offer an integrated solution for engineering, tooling, stamping, and assembly.

Acquisition of equipment dealer involving real estate and post-closing transition consideration.

Merger of two privately-held service businesses operating with public and private clients.

Several sale, acquisition, and joint venture transactions involving medical practices, food processing companies and automotive suppliers.

Supply side and customer side terms and conditions analysis.

Several succession planning engagements involving two or more generations of planning.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Leadership Grand Rapids, 2017

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2013

Professional Affiliations

Alma College, President’s Advisory Council, 2014 - present

Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan: Board, 2011 - 2016; Executive Committee, 2012 - 2015

Economic Club of Grand Rapids, 2009 - present

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Western Michigan Roundtable, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Community Involvement

AYSO coach, 2011 - 2016

Bite Cancer Foundation, Board, 2016 - present

Clarkston Basketball Foundation, Board, 2013 - present

Youth basketball coach, 2014 - present

Youth baseball coach, 2012 - present

News & Publications

Presentations

Panelist, Strategic Discussion with West Michigan Automotive Suppliers, MiBiz, August 20, 2017

Panelist, Conversation with West Michigan Automotive Suppliers, MiBiz, August 4, 2016

Panelist, Startup Blunders and Barriers: So You've Got Capital. Now What?, June 2012

Speaker, Pure Michigan Business Connect – West Michigan, August 2011

Panelist, Exit Strategies: Guiding the Family Business Through a Critical Transition, May 2010

Publications

Education

Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., 2003
The Wayne Law Review, Survey Editor
Dean’s Scholar

Alma College
Alma, Michigan
B.S., magna cum laude, Chemistry/Business, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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