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Jul 2018
July 13, 2018

Warner Partners Named to New Leadership Roles

Three partners with Warner Norcross + Judd are taking new leadership roles within the firm.

Dennis J. Donohue was named chair of the Resources, Energy and Environment Group, Matthew D. Johnson was named chair of the Business and Corporate Services Practice Group, and Justin W. Stemple was appointed chair of the Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Practice Group.
  • Donohue focuses his practice on environmental law, including mining and resource development. He has applied his expertise in the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, wetlands and mine permitting to help clients obtain the licenses necessary to develop sustainable resource development projects. He is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for environmental, mining and water law and was named the Best Lawyers Grand Rapids Water Law Lawyer of the Year in 2017 and the Best Lawyers Grand Rapids Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year in 2016. The Resources, Energy and Environment Group helps clients navigate the regulatory terrain of economic development and renewable and traditional energy.
  • Johnson concentrates his practice on closely held and family-owned businesses with corporate and transactional needs as well as representing clients in private securities offerings. He often advises clients on strategic and long-term planning issues as well as day-to-day operational matters and agreements. He is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for corporate law and as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers. The Business and Corporate Services practice group serves clients in all aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, tender offers, hostile takeovers and going-private transactions. The group routinely advises businesses in all areas of commercial transactions, antitrust, dealership and distributorship law, franchising and licensing.
  • Stemple focuses his practice on qualified retirement plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans and executive compensation, with an emphasis on employee stock ownership plans, incentive programs and equity compensation. He is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for employee benefits law and as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers. The Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Practice Group works with Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, family-owned businesses, nonprofits, government entities and service providers to design, develop, manage and maintain creative and compliant retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation programs.
About Warner
By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross + Judd builds a better partnership with its clients. Warner is a corporate law firm with 220 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland, Macomb County, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Holland and Lansing. To learn more, visit, follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on LinkedIn.
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