Mark K. Harder, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been named Trust and Estates Lawyer of the Year in the Grand Rapids area by The Best Lawyers in America® 2010.
Harder, who concentrates his practices in trusts and estates law, was one of two attorneys at the firm to be recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, the leading peer-reviewed guide to legal excellence. These attorneys have received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers’ surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.
Harder was instrumental in drafting the Michigan Trust Code, which will govern how trusts are established and administered in the state beginning April 1, 2010. The Code both modernizes and fills important gaps in the previous law.
Active both personally and professionally, Harder is secretary of the Michigan State Bar's Probate and Estate Planning Section. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and serves on its State Laws Committee. He also is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bars of Michigan and Wisconsin and the Michigan State Bar Foundation.
He has held leadership and board positions with numerous organizations, including the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Women in Transition. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers.
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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 more than 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 for business excellence and workplace flexibility with an Alfred P. Sloan Award, 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.