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Mar 2009
March 24, 2009

Two Warner Norcross Attorneys Recognized as Top Grand Rapids Lawyers by Best Lawyers in America

Two Warner Norcross & Judd LLP attorneys have been recognized as the top lawyers in their practice areas by The Best Lawyers in America®.

Gordon R. Lewis was honored as "Grand Rapids Best Lawyers Banking Lawyer of the Year" and Charles E. McCallum was recognized as "Grand Rapids Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year." This is the first year that the publication, which provides peer reviews of attorneys, has designated top attorneys in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Lewis and McCallum were two of six attorneys honored in Grand Rapids.

"We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one's peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession," said Steven Naifeh, managing editor of Best Lawyers. "We would like to congratulate Gordon Lewis and Charles on being selected as the 'Grand Rapids Best Lawyers of the Year' for 2009 in their practice areas."

Best Lawyers, which is the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the country, compiles its list of outstanding attorneys through peer-review surveys that poll thousands of lawyers across the country. The annual publication, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, now lists more than 36,000 attorneys in 78 specialty areas. McCallum has been listed in every edition of the publication and will be recognized, along with Warner Norcross attorney Hugh H. Makens, during a special ceremony in Atlanta next month.

Lewis, who concentrates his practice in financial services law, serves as corporate counsel to publicly held companies, banks and their holding companies, insurance companies and other businesses. He has extensive experience representing clients in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Lewis is the only partner in the Firm to be listed in Best Lawyers under three categories: financial institutions, corporate and securities law. Additionally, he is listed in Corporate Counsel Magazine’s Best Lawyers in America under corporate, M&A and securities law. He was also was named a Super Lawyer in the 2008 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers and is recognized in Who’s Who in American Law.

McCallum, who concentrates his practice in corporate and international business law, currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TerraLex, a global network of independent law firms.

He is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American College of Law Practice Management, and a past chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. An active member of the American Bar Association, McCallum is the past chair of the ABA Section of Business Law and a past chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Active in the West Michigan community, McCallum is a past chair of the Michigan District Export Council and a recipient of the West Michigan World Trader of the Year Award. He is also past chair of Priority Health, the former Butterworth Hospital, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Grand Rapids Area Transit Authority, and a past president of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

McCallum served for six years as managing partner of Warner Norcross and is a past chair of the Firm’s International Business Practice Group. He is listed by Chambers USA as one of the leading attorneys in Michigan for his international experience in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

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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. More than half of our partners are listed in the 2009 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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