"Since we engaged Vern to provide legal assistance on our benefit plans two years ago, his advice and due diligence have resulted in dramatic improvements to these plans. His knowledge and help have far exceeded our confidence level with previous plan consultants and benefit attorneys. Vern has truly become an indispensable adjunct member of our management team with regard to these critical matters."
"Vern is always readily available to help us when we have either a question on our 401K/ESOP plans or we are considering making changes to the plan. What makes Vern unique is that most lawyers tell you what you can't do in regard to plan design or changes; Vern asks you what you are trying to achieve with a plan change and finds solutions to allow the clients to achieve what they are trying to achieve in plan design. When a client is calling, trying to resolve a problem or an issue, the last thing he or she wants to hear is a litany of all the things that can not be done. He is very client focused and his experience allows him to cut through complex issues and suggest common-sense solutions to benefit issues."
"I first entered the field of Employee Benefits in 1986. Even that long ago, Vern already had an established reputation as one of the top "go-to" attorneys in West Michigan for Employee Benefits issues.
Throughout my career including benefits positions in banking, education, and manufacturing, Vern was always a constant at Warner Norcross and Judd. Every time our paths crossed, it was a good experience.
Because of his depth of expertise, Vern is/was often asked to speak at West Michigan human resource functions to provide a legal update in the area of employee benefits litigation and regulatory changes/proposals.
Vern is soft-spoken and very professional. He will never give an answer off the cuff unless 100-percent confident that he has done his research. Vern does his research. He is a kind, approachable man who can speak to all levels within the company without being condescending or intimidating.
I completely trust Vern's advice and feel that he is an important member of our team at ODL. I'm honored to be able to contribute these words on his behalf.