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Varnum LLP is regionally ranked in 63 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.
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  • American Seating Co.
  • Georgia Pacific Corp.
  • Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
  • Kellogg Company
  • Sauder Woodworking Company
  • Wilbur-Ellis Company

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Corporate Law

Varnum is great value for our legal work. Kim Baber is the best attorney I have worked with, including top tier law firms in New York and other major cities.

Ryan Roney Spartan Motors

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Real Estate Law

Very good partner; I find Jon and his team at Varnum to be knowledgeable and responsive. They are typically mindful of budget considerations as well.

Randall Smith Mercy Health Muskegon (Trinity Health)

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Corporate Law

We work predominantly with Pete Roth and Steve Morren at Varnum. They are exceptional lawyers and give us the expertise and legal advice in a way that helps us run our business. They understand where and when to push an issue and when to let it go. We have worked with Varnum for over 10 years and find their professionalism and capabilities to be some of the best we've ever worked with.

Dan Scheid Harold Zeigler Auto Group

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Employment Law - Management

Varnum always has an expert to offer sound advice and guidance for any issue we bring to them.

Jamie Huberty II Stanley

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Real Estate Law

Varnum attorneys are responsive and ready to go.

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Employment Law - Management

We work with Varnum's Beth Skaggs and she is phenomenal. In terms of responsiveness, she always goes above and beyond our expectations (even when she's busy with other clients or personal matters). She provides sage advice and does so in a way that is extremely respectful of our managers and high-level executives. We do not have in house legal counsel, so we rely on Beth for some of our more complicated employment and labor law matters. The value of using Beth's services far outweighs the cost associated with her time because we avoid legal fees for poorly made decisions.

Renee Burck Adrian College

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Employment Law - Management

Varnum is one of our best resources!

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Corporate Law

Varnum's corporate team was lead counsel on four acquisitions that we closed in nine months. The Varnum team, led by Harvey Koning, was thorough, responsive, and hard-working. They were vital in executing our corporate growth strategy and they did all of their work for a low-fixed fee that helped us manage our outside legal spend. If you're looking for big city quality at medium-sized city prices, Varnum is the firm.

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Immigration Law

I have confidence in the advice Varnum provides and the work they perform.

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Tax Law

I have had excellent consulting, planning and execution with Varnum when working with Tax Saving Ideas.

Ray Easton Granger III & Associates LLC

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Employment Law - Management

Varnum has guided us through my changeling labor issues across the United States, from State issues to DOL issues. We value their advice.

Greg Vander Lende Morrison Industries, Inc.

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Immigration Law

We have worked with Varnum for several years on a variety immigration matters. They are the only firm we use and we have had success working with them. Kim Clarke is very knowledgeable, and has helped us through many situations. She responds very quickly and always helps us meet the required deadlines. Our employees also enjoy working with her on their cases. She is very knowledgeable on the subject and we have learned a lot from her.

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Immigration Law

Kim Clarke and Nina Thekdi at Varnum have been providing a fantastic service to our company. Every immigration petition they prepare and file is in the highest quality. They are always available and give us expert advice on any immigration topic. They respond to our questions very quickly. Overall, we are very satisfied and happy with their services.

Monika Musial ITServeco Shared Services

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Real Estate Law

Varnum is an outstanding firm of dedicated professionals!

Gary Wadsworth First American Title Insurance Company

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Commercial Litigation

Our office has relied on the expertise of various Varnum attorneys and paralegals for a variety of projects over many years. We have always been confident that we were getting top notch representation and that our projects would be treated as priorities.

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Real Estate Law

I have been working with Thomas Forster and Varnum for many years now, and I can't express enough the value I place on their expertise in the legal field as it relates to Real Estate and all other facets of my business.

Jacob Khotoveli JBL Asset Management

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Litigation - Labor & Employment

We have worked with Varnum on a wide variety of Labor & Employment areas, some leading to litigation. We have been extremely pleased with the expertise, guidance, and favorable outcomes achieved.

John Flack Hi-Lex Controls, Inc

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Tax Law

I have worked primarily with Jeff DeVree at Varnum for the past twenty-plus years. Jeff has been a great resource from his depth of tax knowledge and experience, ingenuity, and, maybe most importantly, his open mind. Jeff always listens when I call with some idea or thought, no matter how lame-brained it may be. I'm never leery of having Jeff in front of our customers or suppliers. Jeff will work to solve the issue, not be the winner. His goals are our goals.

Ray Easton Granger III & Associates LLC

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Litigation - Labor & Employment

Varnum offers great work by great lawyers.

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Employment Law - Management

Varnum was extremely helpful in navigating labor law considering our large union workforce.

Mark Taylor Bradford White

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Corporate Law

Varnum has very broad areas of expertise to fill all our business and liability requirements. Excellent representation and results experienced.

Mark Taylor Bradford White

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Corporate Law

Varnum is very responsive, understands our needs, and can bring in other attorneys when and where needed from their firm. The team is very cost-effective. I am extremely satisfied with their work. We just started an additional project with Varnum since the previous experiences have been very good.

Steve Field RLS Interventional Corporation

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Corporate Law

Pete Roth of Varnum is great to work with. He knows how to manage transactions and cut through the challenges. He also does a great job balancing our needs and knows when I will handle details and when he needs to step in.

Dan Scheid Harold Zeigler Auto Group

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Employment Law - Management

We have worked extensively with Elizabeth (Beth) Skaggs at Varnum. She is phenomenal. As an HR Office of one for a campus with about 500 employees, Beth's knowledge of employment laws has been indispensable. She always makes herself available, and she is so knowledgeable and thorough. She has provided us with guidance and options on a variety of topics ranging from FMLA administration, ADA compliance, severance agreements, handling of EEOC claims, and more.

Renee Burck Adrian College

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Labor Law - Management

We have worked extensively with Elizabeth (Beth) Skaggs at Varnum. She is phenomenal. As an HR Office of one for a campus with about 500 employees, Beth's knowledge of labor laws has been indispensable. She has assisted us with separation agreements for represented employees, grievance responses, and more. She always makes herself available even when she's traveling or working with other clients. We greatly appreciate her expertise and trust her completely.

Renee Burck Adrian College

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Real Estate Law

Varnum's attorneys are thorough, intelligent, and detail-oriented with a substantial amount of experience and expertise. They set the bar quite high and reach it.

Allan Daniels Daniels Management Co.

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Real Estate Law

It's just a pleasure doing business with the team at Varnum. They are good people, do a great job, charge fairly, show interest in our business, and look for opportunities to contribute value when they can. It's a good, strong, professional relationship and they are likable people.

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Commercial Litigation

I was first introduced to Varnum when considering legal counsel for a commercial litigation matter. What I found was that the firm in general and the attorneys I worked in particular were highly competent and skilled in their practice area of the law. Most impressive was their focus on listening to the client and the effectiveness with which they communicated complex legal matters in an easily understandable manner. I have since engaged with other attorneys at the firm in different practice areas. I find all that I have worked with to have similar qualities. Without hesitation I would recommend Varnum.

Jerry Wright Adrian College

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Corporate Law

We have worked with Varnum extensively over the last few years on all legal matters associated with our business, both nationally and internationally. And we have found the firm to be excellent in understanding, expertise and responsiveness. Mike Wooldridge has been an exceptional partner and has provided best-in-class legal support on all occasion. I have found him to be an expert on legal and tax-related matters and very commercially-minded and responsive. I highly recommend Mike and the firm Varnum.

Adam Francis Sun Bum

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Banking and Finance Law

The Varnum team does a great job!

William (Brad) Kessel Independent Bank

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Corporate Law

Varnum provides us a wide and a comprehensive array of services and has scaled its resources to meet those needs very effectively. They are a true business partner we rely on every day.

Dave Tuit Acrisure

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Varnum is very knowledgeable regarding all aspects of Employee Benefits, including very helpful insights regarding some of the most technical areas of IRS and DOL regulations.

Michael Koppenol Herman Miller

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Litigation - Construction

Varnum has deep expertise and provides excellent service in construction litigation matters. I highly recommend this firm.

Gloria Hage Eastern Michigan University

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Energy Law

Varnum brings a thorough, detailed and comprehensive apporach to our issues. They have enabled us to change policy to benefit our members!

James E. Byrum Michigan Agri-Business Association

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Employment Law - Management

The lawyers at Varnum are extremely knowledgeable and connected with the judges at both the state and federal level. Varnum is our go-to law firm in Michigan for all litigation matters. They are extremely professional and efficient. I would highly recommend this firm for large scale litigation matters.

John Burgess Georgia-Pacific LLC

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Employment Law - Management

I have worked with Dave Khorey at Varnum for more than 30 years. He is the consummate professional: knowledgeable, responsive, realistic, and at a reasonable cost.

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Labor Law - Management

Varnum attorneys John Patrick White and Elizabeth Skaggs are very knowledgeable, always prompt in providing answers, and most importantly, they help the "layman" understand all options.

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Employment Law - Management

Varnum attorneys John Patrick White and Elizabeth Skaggs are very knowledgeable, always prompt in providing answers, and most importantly, they help the "layman" understand all options.

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Corporate Law

Varnum is a strong firm with expertise in corporate matters.

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Banking and Finance Law

Varnum is the best firm in Town. Mike Romaya is a tremendous attorney.

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Banking and Finance Law

Varnum is great at anticipating our needs in advance. They also keep us up to date on potential opportunities.

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Real Estate Law

Varnum has capable, honest, and efficient real estate lawyers.

Robert Kuras Homestead Resort

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Real Estate Law

I have always been pleased with our dealings with Varnum.

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Varnum is an excellent law firm to work with.

Timothy Oeschger Matcor Automotive

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Labor Law - Management

Varnum has continued to meet and/or exceed our expectations throughout the years with what sometimes seems to be limitless knowledge presented in the most timely and professional manner possible. Varnum leadership maintains an unsurpassed level of integrity which seems to somehow trickle down through the entire organization, setting the bar high for other firms to model.

Joshua Porter B&B Trucking

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Employment Law - Management

Varnum offers very practical advice.

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Employment Law - Management

We have used Varnum for a variety of employment related matters throughout the Midwest. The process and results always meet my expectation.

Michael Newman Univar USA

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

I have personally used Varnum as our benefit attorneys for over 18 years. Varnum attorneys are excellent in understanding and responding to our needs and are proactive in assuring that our benefit plans are kept in compliance.

Timothy Oeschger Matcor Automotive

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Commercial Litigation

Varnum has a strong litigation group. I would highly recommend them for your litigation needs. They are responsive, effective and offer wise counsel in difficult situations.

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Environmental Law

We rely on Varnum for nearly everything we do. Their representation is always accurate and thorough.

Bill Mast Visser Brothers

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Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

I have worked with the Varnum law firm for 14 years and have always received outstanding service from Mr. Richard Symons and his colleagues. I would highly recommended Varnum to any organization in need of legal representation for Workers' Compensation.

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Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Varnum has done an excellent job representing my company in product liability litigation, as well as in litigation related to dealer disputes and warranty. They do outstanding work and are very responsive. They perform in a very cost-effective manner. I'd recommend Varnum to anyone.

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Banking and Finance Law

Varnum is very professional and handles our business with integrity. Their ability to understand our issues and develop solutions is excellent. They are very pragmatic and timely with answers and comments. I am often called on by other firms for our corporate work, and I turn down such offers. That is the best form of flattery I can offer the Varnum Law firm.

Grant Smith Clarkston Financial Corporation

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Banking and Finance Law

Peter Roth and Michael Romaya are the two most professional, client-focused and knowledgeable attorneys in the State of Michigan.

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Banking and Finance Law

Varnum has been very attentive and willing to adjust fees. They did some direct work with our internal legal on building template of loan documents to distribute to approve outside counsel. Most all of our participations and "club" deals have been done by this firm.

Leo Kujawa Flagstar Bank

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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Varnum is in my opinion the best in the state. They are a well-rounded firm with many facets of expertise to the benefit of their clients. I have worked with them for over 15 years and they have provided our company and myself with great service and advise that has allowed our company to grow and give excellent service to our customers.

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Energy Law

Varnum lawyers are truly concerned with how our business is doing and proactively make recommendations for us to consider.

Dave Prouty HTI (Heat Treat International)

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Environmental Law

The representation from Varnum has been professional, prompt and fair. The firm's approach to my company's legal issues has been carried out with the correct balance of financial stewardship with environmental responsibility taken into consideration. They have offered other services in addition to services upon initial hire, which have added to my organization's environmental knowledge base much value to the price we have paid Varnum for their services.

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