Hugh H. Makens, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been appointed to the newly formed LexisNexis® Securities Board of Editors.
Makens will serve a multiyear term on the board of LexisNexis, which is a leading provider of comprehensive information and business solutions to professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic fields. Its well-respected legal publishing brands include Butterworths, JurisClasseur, Malayan Law Journal, Abeledo-Perrot and Orac.
The chair of the Warner Norcross Securities Group, Makens concentrates his practice in securities and corporate law. He regularly represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, issuers, regulatory authorities and industry professionals in issues related to securities compliances, investigations and regulatory proceedings. Earlier this year, he was honored by the State Bar of Michigan for his lifetime contributions to the legal profession with the inaugural Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award.
Active both professionally and personally, he has served on the Market Operations Review Committee of Nasdaq, as a commentator for the Uniform Securities Act Project of the National Conference of Commissioners, and on several committees of the North American Securities Administrators Association. Makens is also a former director of the Michigan Corporation and Securities Bureau and a past president of the North American Securities Administrators Association. He was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the National Endowment for Financial Education®.
He is a member of the American Bar Association where he serves on the Council of the Business Law Section and has chaired several committees, the State Bar of Michigan where he currently serves as co-chair of the Uniform Securities Act Subcommittee for the Business Law Section, the Federal Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association. He is a past chair of the Business Law Section of the ABA.
A frequent author, lecturer and panelist for trade associations and professional organizations, Makens is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in American Law. He is a coauthor of Michigan Securities Regulation.
Makens completed his undergraduate studies cum laude in 1961 at Michigan Technological University and earned his doctorate of jurisprudence degree in 1964 from Northwestern University School of Law.
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About Warner Norcross & Judd:
With more than 185 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services. More than half of our partners are listed in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Warner Norcross was also named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine for the third year in a row. 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 and as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.