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Oct 2014
October 08, 2014

Gordon R. Lewis Named Dealmaker of the Year

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Gordon R. Lewis has been named Dealmaker of the Year by MiBiz.
Lewis will receive the award in the Adviser category during a ceremony held tonight at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids.  He is one of five winners in categories recognizing West Michigan’s Top Deals and Dealmakers, an annual event presented by MiBiz in cooperation with the Association of Corporate Growth West Michigan.
Winners were determined based on best practices and excellence related to mergers, acquisitions and deal-making.  Senior executives, attorneys and advisers served as judges.
Lewis concentrates his practice in corporate law, securities law and mergers and acquisitions for public traded companies, often in financial services.  Throughout his 40-year career, Lewis has led more than 100 merger and acquisition transactions and has served as issuer’s counsel in public and private securities offerings totaling more than $4 billion.  
Most recently, he acted as counsel to Spartan Stores, Inc. in its merger with Nash-Finch Company in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion that is also being recognized tonight by MiBiz.  He also served as lead counsel to Mercantile Bank Corp. in its merger of equals with Firstbank Corp., a transaction valued at $151.5 million that closed this summer.
Lewis has extensive experience representing publicly held companies, banks and bank holding companies, insurance companies and other business clients in securities offerings and financial institution mergers and acquisitions.
He has been named Grand Rapids Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year, Grand Rapids Corporate Lawyer of the Year and Grand Rapids Banking Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America, where he is listed in three specialty categories and has been recognized since 1993. Lewis has been included in Michigan Super Lawyers since 2006.
About Warner Norcross

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan:  Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Macomb County, Midland, Muskegon and Southfield.  By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross forges a better partnership with its clients.
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