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Aug 2009
August 24, 2009

62 Warner Norcross Attorneys Rated Best Lawyers in America

Sixty-two Warner Norcross & Judd LLP attorneys have been rated as The Best Lawyers in America® 2010.

Attorneys representing more than 20 different practice areas were selected for the peer-review award, which denotes legal excellence in specific practice areas. Additionally:

  • Warner Norcross has more partners included in Best Lawyers than any law firm in Grand Rapids, Holland or Muskegon.
  • Attorneys in each of the six Warner Norcross offices in Michigan were included in the list.
  • Warner Norcross has more attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in the areas of employee benefits, environmental law, international trade and finance, trusts and estates, and nonprofit/charities law than any other firm in Michigan.
  • Seventeen attorneys were listed in more than one practice area.
  • In Grand Rapids, Warner Norcross is the top firm in 17 practice areas, including banking, bankruptcy, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, corporate governance, corporate law, employee benefits, environmental, First Amendment, health care, immigration, international trade, natural resources, nonprofit/charities, real estate, trusts and estates, and securities.
  • Nine attorneys are new to the Warner Norcross list this year, including Kurt M. Brauer, Melissa N. Collar, Michael G. Cruse, Candace C. Dugan, Robert A. Dubault, Richard A. Kay, Steven C. Kohl, F. William McKee and Jeffrey A. Ott.
  • Two attorneys have been included as Best Lawyers in every edition since the publication began. Six attorneys have been included for 20 years or more and 18 have been included for 10 years or more.

Warner Norcross attorneys featured in the Best Lawyers list include:

  • Jeffrey S. Battershall
  • Richard L. Bouma
  • Jeffrey W. Bracken
  • Kurt M. Brauer
  • James H. Breay
  • Charles E. Burpee
  • John J. Bursch
  • John V. Byl
  • Richard E. Cassard
  • Robert J. Chovanec
  • Melissa N. Collar
  • Sue O. Conway
  • J. A. Cragwall, Jr.
  • Michael G. Cruse
  • Cameron S. DeLong
  • Douglas A. Dozeman
  • Robert A. Dubault
  • Carl W. Dufendach
  • Candace C. Dugan
  • John D. Dunn
  • Stephen B. Grow
  • William W. Hall
  • Kathleen M. Hanenburg
  • Shane B. Hansen
  • Mark K. Harder
  • Timothy Hillegonds
  • William K. Holmes
  • Timothy L. Horner
  • William R. Jansen
  • Richard A. Kay
  • Steven C. Kohl
  • Anthony J. Kolenic, Jr.
  • Stephen R. Kretschman
  • Mary Jo Larson
  • Gordon R. Lewis
  • Hugh H. Makens
  • John R. Marquis
  • Rodney D. Martin
  • Charles E. McCallum
  • F. William McKee
  • John H. McKendry, Jr.
  • Molly E. McManus
  • Craig N. Meurlin
  • Susan G. Meyers
  • Jeffrey A. Ott
  • Jeffrey B. Power
  • James J. Rabaut
  • Louis C. Rabaut
  • Richard A. Roane
  • Michael L. Robinson
  • Vernon P. Saper
  • Devin S. Schindler
  • Robert H. Skilton III
  • Eugene E. Smary
  • Jerome M. Smith
  • Paul. T. Sorensen
  • Gordon J. Toering
  • W. Michael Van Haren
  • Donald J. Veldman
  • Douglas E. Wagner
  • Stephen C. Waterbury
  • George L. Whitfield

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About Warner Norcross & Judd

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and one of the top 200 in the nation. With nearly 220 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is a full-service provider of legal services. Nearly half of our partners are listed in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting, as one of the nation's leading employment law firms by Workforce Management, as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in both West Michigan and Metro Detroit and as one of the Best Michigan Businesses by Corp! Magazine. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.

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About Best Lawyers in America® 2009

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which 16,000 leading attorneys cast more than a half-million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."


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