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Varnum attorney Kaplin S. Jones receives award

Varnum corporate and tax attorney Kaplin S. Jones is the 2021 recipient of the Dave & Carol Van Andel Leadership Award, given by the Grand Rapids Public Museum; and was recognized at the museum’s 13th annual Legacy Awards Gala on Nov. 4.

Jones was honored for his long-time service to the GRPM Foundation, for which he served as counsel for more than 30 years. The foundation serves as the fundraising entity to support the Grand Rapids Public Museum educational program, exhibits and operations. Jones filed the foundation’s articles of incorporation in 1988 and served the on Board of Directors until moving from the area in late 2019.

Jones’ legal practice focuses on advising clients regarding business formation and transactions, joint ventures and LLCs, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, shareholder and partner disputes, and tax planning. He structures tax-free reorganizations and like-kind property exchanges, phantom stock and deferred compensation plans for executives, and advises tax-exempt and nonprofit corporations.

Varnum welcomes three attorneys

Lauren M. Parker, Gage M. Selvius, and Justin M. Wolber, who each previously served as summer associates, have joined Varnum’s Grand Rapids office.

Parker is a cum laude graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was Managing Editor of Wisconsin Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree in finance from Michigan State University, graduating magna cum laude.

Selvius is a summa cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, where he served on Michigan State Law Review. He attended The University of Alabama for his undergraduate degree in political science and economics, graduating summa cum laude.

 Wolber is a cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he served on the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Ferris State University.


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