Firm Profile

Varnum LLP


Bridgewater Place, Suite 1700
333 Bridge Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States
(616) 336.6000

Firm Details

A full-service provider of legal counsel, Varnum has over 180 lawyers practicing in eight offices. Our clients range from international corporations and regional companies to small and midsize businesses who want world-class attention and service at reasonable rates. Our nonprofit clients are equally diverse. We have built our reputation by helping clients identify opportunities, negotiate and close commercial transactions, and benefit from up-to-the-minute legal advice. You will find other law firms that offer a wide range of services, and you will find other firms with capable attorneys. Less common are those who will make the investment in you in order to become your trusted advisor.



Katie M. Hoekstra
Director of Recruiting and Professional Development
L. Michelle Jones
Director of Technology and Information Management
William P. Scarbrough
Executive Director
Scott J. Hill
Executive Partner
Ronald G. DeWaard
Partner, Chair of Policy Committee



Women: 19

Asian: 1

Hispanic: 3

Men: 73

Caucasian: 88

Of Counsel

Men: 12


Women: 11

African-American: 1

Hispanic: 1


Men: 18

Caucasian: 26

Other Lawyers

Women: 11

Men: 32

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Michigan in Family Law with 6 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Michigan in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Michigan in Trusts and Estates with 12 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Novi with 6 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Grand Rapids with 6 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Grand Rapids in Banking and Finance Law with 6 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Grand Rapids in Litigation - Labor and Employment with 6 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Grand Rapids in Trusts and Estates with 8 lawyers


  • Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan - Corporate Leadership Award
  • Paul L.B. McKenney Named Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Varnum named Best Law Firm in Grand Rapids Magazine Readers Poll
  • Joy Fossel Received Pro Bono Service Award from Legal Services Corporation
  • Tom Bergh Named a Five Star Wealth Manager by Five Star Professional
  • Mike Wooldridge Named Client Service All Star by BTI Consulting
  • Ron DeWaard, Steve Afendoulis and Peter Smit Named Leading Plaintiff's Stars by Benchmark: Plaintiff
  • Benchmark Litigation Names Varnum a Leading Firm in Michigan
  • Eric Schneidewind named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • Varnum named a 2013 "Go To Law Firm" at the Top 500 Companies by American Lawyer Media
  • Varnum Named a 2013 Top Law Firm by Martindale Hubbell
  • Marilyn Lankfer Recognized as a Woman in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Chambers USA Ranks Varnum as a Leading Law Firm
  • John Allen Names a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly


  • American Seating Co.
  • Georgia Pacific Corp.
  • Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
  • Kellogg Company
  • Sauder Woodworking Company
  • Wilbur-Ellis Company


Kaplin S. Jones
Jeffrey A. DeVree
Employee Benefits
Christopher J. Caldwell
Estate Planning
Mark E. Hills
Family Law
Scott D. Alfree
Health Care
Charles F. Gray
Intellectual Property
Melissa B. Papke
Real Estate
Eric M. Nemeth
Brendan G. Best
Banking, Financing and Restructuring
Matthew B. Eugster
Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources
Elizabeth Wells Skaggs
Labor & Employment
Ronald G. DeWaard
Perrin Rynders
Personal Injury

Firm Practice Areas

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Health Care Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Municipal Law
  • Native American Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Water Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Office Locations

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Ann Arbor, MI

300 North Fifth Avenue, Suite 230

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

United States

(734) 372.2900

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Birmingham, MI

260 East Brown Street, Suite 150

Birmingham, MI 48009

United States

(248) 567.7800

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Detroit, MI

160 West Fort Street, Fifth Floor

Detroit, MI 48226

United States

(313) 481.7300

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Grand Haven, MI

233 Washington Avenue, Suite 205

Grand Haven, MI 49417

United States

(616) 846.7100

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Grand Rapids, MI

Bridgewater Place, Suite 1700

333 Bridge Street, NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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(616) 336.6000

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Kalamazoo, MI

211 East Water Street, Suite 400

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

United States

(269) 382.2300

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Lansing, MI

201 North Washington Square, Suite 910

Lansing, MI 48933

United States

(517) 482.6237

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Novi, MI

39500 High Pointe Boulevard, Suite 350

Novi, MI 48375

United States

(248) 567.7400

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