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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


Court Admissions

All Michigan state courts

Corporate Attorney

Scott is a member of the Corporate Practice Team and currently serves as the firm’s Executive Partner. His practice focuses on business representation, including transactions, planning, and counseling. Specifically, Scott deals with supply chain opportunities and risks on a variety of levels and works with several closely-held businesses on their succession planning needs. He also spends a portion of his time counseling clients on sales, mergers, and similar transactional issues.


Supply side and customer side terms and conditions analysis.

Long Term Supply Agreement negotiation from award to renewal phase.

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

Acquisition by material handling integrator of software development company to assist with vertical integration strategy.

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.

Honors and Recognitions

Leading Lawyers, Leading Lawyer, 2021

Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Corporate Law, 2023

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2013

The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, since 2023

Professional Affiliations

Alma College, President’s Advisory Council, 2014 – 2017

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

Economic Club of Grand Rapids, 2009 – present

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Grand Rapids Chamber – Governance Committee, 2022

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

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Grand Rapids, Class of 2017

Youth basketball coach, 2014 – present

Youth baseball coach, 2012 – present


Panelist, Strategic Discussion with West Michigan Family-Owned Businesses, MiBiz, January 17, 2022

Panelist, Strategic Discussion with West Michigan Automotive Suppliers, MiBiz, August 19, 2019

Panelist, Strategic Discussion with West Michigan Automotive Suppliers, MiBiz, August 20, 2018

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

“Scott Hill of Varnum provides my company excellent and valuable advice, service and support in the areas of best business practices as well as contractual review with our clients and vendors.”

President, material handling equipment supplier

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