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May 2007
May 15, 2007

Vernon Saper Earns National ESOP Award

Vernon Saper, a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd, received the 2007 Membership Recruitment Award for a Professional Member from The ESOP Association during the group’s 30th annual conference on May 14 in Washington, D.C.

Saper, who focuses his practice in employee benefits law, has extensive experience in design and preparation of employee stock ownership plans and ESOP transactions of all types. He also serves as secretary of the Michigan chapter of The ESOP Association, which is a national trade association for companies with employee stock ownership plans and a national advocate for employee ownership.

Association President J. Michael Keeling said Saper’s commitment to employee ownership is evident not just in his work with the association, but throughout his hometown.

“Vern has done so much to build membership in the Grand Rapids area, which has the highest concentration of ESOP companies of any mid-sized metropolitan area in America. In fact, there are more ESOP company members in the Grand Rapids area than all other metropolitan areas in the United States,” Keeling said.

Active both professionally and personally, Saper is past chair and has served for more than 25 years as a board member of Goodwill Industries of Grand Rapids and its Foundation. He is also past president of the board of directors of the Hearing and Speech Center of Grand Rapids.

Saper is a frequent author and speaker on a wide variety of employee benefits issues, including retirement planning and employee stock ownership plans. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for several years in the Grand Valley State University master’s in taxation program.

Saper has been listed in multiple editions of The Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years. He is a member of the American Bar Association, serving on the employee benefits committee of its Taxation Section, and the same committee and section for the State Bar of Michigan.

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Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of the leading law firms in Michigan. With more than 180 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is a full-service provider 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.


Source: The ESOP Association

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