Duly Noted


Harder elected board chair of Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Mark Harder has been elected the new chair of the board of the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area, which works to create lasting positive change.

Harder will serve a one-year term, having previously served as chair-elect and on the Foundation’s executive, governance, development and audit committees.

Established in 1951, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area supports high impact charitable projects, helps donors achieve their charitable goals, and leads and partners in community level initiatives.

Harder chairs the Private Client and Family Office Practice for Warner Norcross. He concentrates  in estate planning and administration for high-net-worth individuals and representation of family-owned businesses and their owners.

Harder has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for over a decade. He was named Lawyer of the Year for Trusts and Estates, Grand Rapids area, in 2010 and 2017 and a Leading Lawyer in Michigan from 2014-2017. Harder was also recognized for his work in private wealth law by Chambers High Net Worth Guide in 2016.

Harder is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Ottawa County Bar Association, Michigan
State Bar Foundation, American Bar Foundation, and Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises.

From 2003 until 2010, Harder led State Bar of Michigan efforts to write the Michigan Trust Code, as well as other legislation regulating how trusts are handled. In 2015, he authored a commentary for Michigan’s Uniform Principal and Income Act. He has also co-authored the Estates and Protected Individuals Code with Reporters’ Commentary 2010-2017 for ICLE.

A graduate of Leadership Holland, Harder has been active in the Center for Women in Transition, Macatawa Cycling Club, Holland Area Chamber of Com-
merce, Hospice of Holland, Family Business Alliance and others.

He holds a BBA  from University of Iowa and a J.D. from University of Iowa College of Law, both with highest distinction.