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Nov 2006
November 01, 2006

Two Warner Norcross Partners Named to Grand Rapids Bar Positions

Two Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partners have been named to leadership positions within the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Paul T. Sorensen is serving as president of the 1,400-member bar association, while Valerie P. Simmons is serving as president-elect. The following year, Simmons will serve as president. Both attorneys concentrate their practices in litigation and are based in the Grand Rapids office of the Firm.

Sorensen has been active in the legal profession for many years, holding a variety of leadership positions within the Grand Rapids Bar Association and serving as a faculty member and past chair of the Hillman Trial Advocacy Program for the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan. He is the past president of several organizations, including the Western Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Legal Assistance Center, the board of directors of Senior Neighbors and Ada Christian School Foundation. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

Simmons is active professionally and in the community, serving as a member of the State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section Council and as president of the Floyd Skinner Bar Association in Grand Rapids. She is the immediate past chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and has held numerous board and leadership positions with community organizations, including Grand Valley State University Foundation, Grand Rapids Service Corps, Spectrum Health, Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan and others.

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About Warner Norcross & Judd:

This year, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP celebrates its 75th anniversary of service to clients in Michigan, across the country and throughout the world. With more than 180 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services. Nearly 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.

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