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Chambers USA Ranks Varnum in Several Practice Areas
Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 11, 2014 – Varnum LLP has once again been ranked in several practice areas in Chambers USA, a national directory that ranks leading law firms and lawyers. Varnum achieved rankings in four of the six practice areas for which Chambers ranks Michigan firms.
Chambers published the following about Varnum:
Banking and Finance: Focused on complex federal and state regulatory issues on behalf of a series of financial institutions. Also advises both lenders and borrowers in loan transactions and workouts. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "They've been on corporate banking issues and each time the service is exemplary – quick turnaround and they help us accomplish our goals very quickly."
Labor and Employment: Offers expertise in traditional labor law, employment litigation, immigration and workers' compensation. Represents the management of a range of organizations of all sizes." Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "They're very thorough and definitely look at all sides of the situation. They're very accommodating and you really feel that you're in partnership." "They have an understanding of my workplace and the practical necessities of dealing with strategy and problem-solving as well as the legal side."
Litigation – General Commercial: Represents clients in all manner of disputes, including securities litigation, product liability and environmental claims. Involved in state and federal courts on behalf of organizations from both the private and public sectors. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "They're so accessible to us. A very strong firm with a lot of resources [at] hand." "Practical, cost-conscious and good communication. They understand our goals and can move forward."
Real Estate: Full service practice that works with investors, businesses, developers and institutions on a wide range of matters pertaining to commercial, residential and industrial real estate. Also handles sophisticated regulatory issues. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "They're qualified and motivated attorneys who do a good job for us in areas where we can't afford to have mediocre representation." " Great advisers on deal structures and bringing new ideas to the table." Full Story
Chambers Again Ranks Miller Johnson Among Michigan's Best in Four Practice Areas
Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 10, 2014 — America's Leading Lawyers for Business—again ranked Miller Johnson among Michigan’s best in corporate/M&A, employee benefits & executive compensation, labor & employment, and general commercial litigation.
Ciarra Adkins Joins Rhoades McKee PC
Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 19, 2014 - Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce Ciarra Adkins has joined the firm as a summer associate through the firm’s participation in a clerkship program of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the Floyd Skinner Bar Association. Full Story
Warner Norcross Opens Office in Kalamazoo
Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 20, 2014 - The law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP continues to grow its presence in Michigan with the opening of a new office in Kalamazoo. One of the largest law firms in the state, Warner Norcross has opened its new office in the heart of Kalamazoo’s business district at 259 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 208 while it looks for larger space to accommodate anticipated growth.
Clark Hill Attorney Kurt M. Graham Contributes to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Featured Article, “Accommodating Diversity”
May 7, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Clark Hill attorney Kurt M. Graham contributed to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s featured article, “Accommodating Diversity,” published May 5, 2014. Graham, a Senior Attorney in Clark Hill’s Education & Municipal Group, highlighted pitfalls for employers and provided advice on the EEOC’s recently issued guidance on religious garb and grooming.
Foster Swift - Grand Rapids Office Expansion
Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 7, 2014 - Foster Swift recently expanded its Grand Rapids office space by 50 percent. Prior to the new build out, Foster Swift occupied the second level of the building at 1700 E. Beltline.The newly renovated space on the first floor includes 10 offices, four support staff workstations, two conference rooms with video conferencing abilities, a kitchen and a copy room.The additional space was necessary to accommodate Foster Swift's growth. In the past five years, the office has grown to 22 attorneys.
Together with the Holland office, a total of 26 attorneys practice in West Michigan. The firm's growth will continue this fall when five new associate lawyers start. Two of the five lawyers will be based in the Grand Rapids office.The firm plans to continue the growth trend in West Michigan by advancing its Grand Rapids and Holland offices and considering additional opportunities in West Michigan.
Warner Norcross Offers Daylong HR Seminar
Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 19, 2014 – The law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP will offer its popular human resources and benefits seminar on Monday, April 22 in Grand Rapids.
The daylong seminar will focus on “Strategy, Risk Management and Best Practices for Benefits and HR Professionals.” More than a dozen Warner Norcross attorneys focused on employee benefits, labor, employment law and litigation will offer sessions on a wide range of topics during the seminar at the Amway Grand Plaza. Full Story
Warner Norcross Appellate Practice Group Contributes to
Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 13, 2014 – Gaëtan Gerville-Réache, a partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, is co-editor of the new Michigan Appellate Handbook.
Now in its third edition, the new volume provides a “guided tour inside the Michigan appellate courts” and offers insider practice tips and expert advice on strategy and procedure. Published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the handbook features chapters on appellate standards of review, motions, appellate and amicus curiae briefs, oral arguments and related issues. Full Story
Smith Haughey Welcomes Attorneys Christopher Spain and Brian Pearson
Grand Rapids, Mich., February 17, 2014 — Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce that attorneys Christopher M. Spain and Brian M. Pearson have joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Full Story
Plunkett Cooney names three attorneys as new shareholders
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, February 4, 2014 – Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, recently named associate attorneys Paul J. Dwaihy, Matthew T. Tompkins and Patrick E. Winters as its newest shareholders. Full Story
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Welcomes New Attorney
Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 22, 2014 — Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce that attorney Stacy M. Kramer has joined the firm’s Grand Rapids office.
Stacy practices in matters involving medical malpractice. She defends doctors, nurses, hospitals and other health care providers throughout the state of Michigan. Her work experience has provided her with a strong background in the area of litigation. Prior to Smith Haughey, Stacy defended clients in various civil litigation matters including premises liability claims and employment law disputes. Full Story
Rhoades McKee Expands the Insurance Defense Practice Group
Grand Rapids, Michigan January 14, 2014 – Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that Steven C. Berry and Christopher S. Berry have joined the firm’s Insurance Defense Practice Group.
“We are excited to welcome both Steven and Christopher into our firm. Their knowledge and experience further expands our services in Medical Malpractice, Insurance Defense, as well as Personal Injury Litigation. They join our existing Insurance Defense team of nine other attorneys and two nursing paralegals,” stated Pamela J. Cross, Vice President of Practice Chair Development. Full Story
Warner Norcross Recognized as a Leader in Client Service in National Survey
Grand Rapids, Michigan January 7, 2014 – A national survey has again recognized the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as a leader in client service among law firms.
Smith Haughey Announces New Chief Executive Officer, Shareholders, Office Managing Shareholders, and Board Members
Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 7, 2014 – Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce its new chief executive officer (“CEO”), the addition of two new shareholders, office managing shareholders, and its 2014 board members.
Robert W. Parker has been elected CEO of the firm. An attorney in Smith Haughey’s Traverse City office, Robert practices in real estate, construction, and business law. Robert will serve a two-year term effective January 1, 2014.
Cheryl L. Chandler, Patrick F. Geary, Jack L. Oostema, Robert W. Parker, Mary R. Pigorsh, Ronald A. Schuknecht and Matthew L. Wikander will serve as board members in 2014.
Warner Norcross Names Nine Attorneys as Partners
Court of Appeals Chief Judge William B. Murphy Elected as Treasurer of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal
Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 18, 2013 – Court of Appeals Chief Judge William B. Murphy was recently elected to serve as the treasurer of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal throughout the United States. This leadership position is the first on Judge Murphy’s path to being elected as the Council’s president within the next few years.
Warner Norcross Chosen as Go-To Law Firm by a Fortune 500 Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 12, 2013 – For the third consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has been recognized as a “Go-To Law Firm” by .
Warner Norcross was nominated by Whirlpool Corp. for its work in contracts litigation. Warner serves as national business litigation counsel for Whirlpool, which is a leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances based in Benton Harbor, Mich. Recognition on the list was based on independent research of several factors. Data was gathered from Fortune 500 Companies’ general counsel and through research in key databases to determine which law firms Fortune 500 companies rely upon for outside counsel in a number of key practice areas.
David Skidmore Appointed to Broadway Grand Rapids Board
Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 10, 2013 – David L.J.M. Skidmore, a partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors of Broadway Grand Rapids.
Rhoades McKee Achieves Top Metropolitan Rankings in US News– Best Lawyers “Best Firms”
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 18, 2013 – Rhoades McKee earned recognition in the top three ranking levels established by US News in 15 specialties for the Grand Rapids Metropolitan area. These include Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law Litigation – Real Estate, Mediation, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation, Real Estate Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Legal Malpractice – Defendants, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Construction, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, Corporate Law Environmental Litigation, Tax Law.
Attorney Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 1, 2013 — Charles H. Worsfold has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony at which Mr. Worsfold became a Fellow took place recently during the recent 2013 Annual Meeting of the College in San Francisco, California.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers Recognize Miller Johnson Practice Areas with Top Ranking for Fourth Year
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 1, 2013 — U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers released the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings today. Miller Johnson received top rankings for 25 practice areas in the Grand Rapids Metro area and 8 in Kalamazoo.
Smith Haughey Listed as a 2014 Top-Tier Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 2013 - Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked among the top law firms in the United States in the publication “Best Law Firms” 2014, published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.
Frederick Dilley elected Vice-Chair of MSU College of Law Board of Trustees
Lansing, Mich., October 31, 3013 – Fredrick D. Dilley, a shareholder in Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC's Grand Rapids office, was elected to serve as Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees for the Michigan State University College of Law.
Warner Norcross Welcomes Five New Attorneys to the Firm
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 31, 2013 – Warner Norcross & Judd LLP today welcomed five new attorneys to the law firm.
Court of Appeals Chief Judge William B. Murphy reappointed by Michigan Supreme Court
GRAND RAPIDS, MI, October 30, 2013 – Court of Appeals Judge William B. Murphy, who was appointed to the Court in 1988 and has served as chief judge since January 2009, will continue as chief judge through 2014.
As chief judge, Murphy administers internal operations including finances, case management, and work assignments. “Leadership, vision, and administrative skills are essential, and Chief Judge Murphy has all those qualities, plus innovative ideas about improving the courts,” said Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.
28 Warner Norcross Attorneys Recognized as Rising Stars by Michigan Super Lawyers
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 6, 2013 – Twenty-eight attorneys with the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP have been recognized as Rising Stars by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.
57 Warner Norcross Attorneys Recognized as Michigan Super Lawyers
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 6, 2013 – Fifty-seven attorneys with the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP have been named Super Lawyers in the eighth annual publication of Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.
Two Cooley Faulty Members Selected as "Best Law Teachers" in the Nation
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 11, 2013 –Thomas M. Cooley Law School has the distinction of being the only law school in the country with two members of its faculty featured in the recently published book What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013). The book names Associate Dean Nelson Miller and Professor Phillip J. Prygoski as two of the 26 “best law teachers” in the United States.
Rhoades McKee Attorneys selected by peers for Michigan Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 12, 2013 — Rhoades McKee attorneys Bruce A. Courtade, Mark E. Fatum, John M. Lichtenberg, Paul A. McCarthy, Bruce W. Neckers, Harold E. Nelson and Mary Jane Rhoades were all named Michigan Super Lawyers® for 2013. Thomas S. Flickinger, Emily A. Green and Stephen J. Hulst have also been selected as Michigan Rising Stars. Published by Thomson Reuters, Michigan Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars are selected by their peers.
Twenty-Seven MILLER JOHNSON ATTORNEYS Recognized as SUPER LAWYERS and Four as Rising Stars
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 16, 2013 – Twenty-seven attorneys from Miller Johnson have been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers 2013 released this month. Five attorneys are new to the list: Jeffrey J. Fraser, James R. Peterson, John T. Piggins, Connie R. Thacker, and Matthew L. Vicari. Also, four attorneys are recognized as “Rising Stars:” Dustin J. Jackson, Raj A. Malviya, Neil J. Marchand, and Robert D. Wolford.
Law Weathers Named Among 101 of "West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ "
Grand Rapids, MI, March 22, 2013 — In keeping with its culture of service-oriented and collaborative professionals, Law Weathers law firm was named among the 101 “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” for 2013.
This is the ninth year the firm was named to the exclusive list of West Michigan employers chosen by the Michigan Business & Professional Association. Law Weathers is one of three law firms that received this award.
“This honor considers not only best employer practices but also community involvement,” says Bob Buchanan, president of Law Weathers. “Our firm has always emphasized public service as part of our culture, and we encourage our employees to be leaders in their communities.”
The 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is an awards competition providing the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. Law Weathers will be honored at a gala for award winners in May 2013.
Law Weathers has provided practical and effective legal counsel and representation to businesses, individuals, and local governments since 1868, with attorneys focusing on creditor’s rights, business, employee benefits, environmental, estate planning, family law, health care, labor, litigation, municipal law, real estate and water law. For more information visit www.lawweathers.com or call 616.459.1171.
MARY ANN CARTWRIGHT APPOINTED TO SERVE ON OTTAWA COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH BOARD
Grand Rapids, MI – March 27, 2013 – Rhoades McKee Labor and Employment Attorney, Mary Ann Cartwright was re-appointed to the Ottawa County Community Mental Health Board for a three year term. Cartwright is a member of its Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee. Cartwright has served as a board member since 2007.
According to their website, Community Mental Health of Ottawa County partners with the mentally ill and developmentally disabled as well as the broader community to improve lives and be a premier mental health agency in Michigan.
Cartwright concentrates her practice in the areas of Labor and Employment, School and Public Sector, Health Care and Workers Compensation. She represents public, private and non-profit organizations and handles litigation in administrative, state and federal courts. She is a frequent speaker on all types of labor and employment topics including but not limited to: Sexual Harassment, Family Medical Leave, Union Campaigns, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Workers Compensation.
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