Jon Bylsma elected Chair of Varnum

Jon Bylsma has been elected Chair of Varnum and Scott Hill has been re-elected Executive Partner, both terms effective Jan. 1. Following a successful five-year term as the firm’s Chair, Ron DeWaard is returning his focus to the full-time practice, and will continue to lead the White Collar and Government Investigations Team.

Bylsma is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Team, previously serving as leader of that team for several years. Prior to his election as Chair, he served as a Practice Management Leader and member of the firm’s Executive Committee for the past four years, after a term on the firm’s Policy Committee. An experienced trial attorney, Bylsma represents clients in a variety of commercial litigation and strategic planning in Michigan and throughout the country. He has practiced at Varnum throughout his entire legal career, joining the firm after graduating from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1993.

As Chair, he will be responsible for setting the firm’s strategic direction.

Hill has served as Executive Partner for the past five years, navigating the firm through office expansions in Birmingham and Ann Arbor, as well establishing a new office in Naples, Fla.

Hill also played a role in leading the 180-attorney firm through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A corporate attorney with a focus on business representation, Hill works extensively with businesses on supply chain, governance, succession planning and transactional matters.

He has been named one of West Michigan’s most influential leaders for five consecutive years by Crain’s Grand Rapids Business.

As Executive Partner, Hill chairs the firm’s Executive Committee, responsible for policy implementation, lean processes and attorney development. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2017, serving as chair for the past five years.

He previously served as chair of the Corporate Practice Team and led the Attorney Recruitment Committee.

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