Duly Noted

Varnum recognized as a top Michigan litigation firm


Benchmark Litigation 2012, a guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys, has listed Varnum as one of the leading litigation firms in Michigan. The guide is the only publication to focus exclusively on litigation. Only 11 firms in Michigan are listed.

In addition to the recommendation of the firm, Benchmark also acknowledges several individual attorneys. Stephen Afendoulis and William Rohn are recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” and Ron DeWaard and Brett Rendeiro are recognized as “Future Stars.” Of the ten Future Stars named, two are Varnum attorneys.

Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids, is a trial and appellate advocate with a focus in the areas of complex commercial litigation; partnership, shareholder and LLC disputes; personal injury; real estate; and trademark/unfair competition.

Rohn, of Grand Rapids, is the chairman of Varnum’s Trial Practice Group. He has served firm clients for nearly three decades in litigation matters that have been resolved through arbitrations, mediations, and bench and jury trials.

DeWaard, of Grand Rapids, has a vast amount of first chair trial experience across the country, handling complex commercial, corporate tax, patent, environmental, labor, and general liability cases for defendants and plaintiffs.

Rendeiro, from Varnum’s Metro Detroit office, is the lead litigator in that office. Originally part of Varnum’s nationally-recognized Employment Law Group, Rendeiro has evolved into a trial advocate with substantial experience in complex commercial, real estate, lending and employment disputes.

Mika Meyers has 19 attorneys in Best Lawyers


 The following attorneys of Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones PLC were included in the 2012 edition of the Best Lawyers in America: Scott S. Brinkmeyer, Scott D. Broekstra, James R. Brown, John M. DeVries, Douglas A. Donnell, Scott E. Dwyer, David R. Fernstrum, Larry J. Gardner, Fredric N. Goldberg, Michael C. Haines, William A. Horn, Mark A. Kehoe, Neil L. Kimball, Daniel R. Kubiak, Eric S. Richards, John T. Sperla, Timothy J. Tornga, Claude L. Vander Ploeg and James K. White. Lawyers are selected for including in Best Lawyers solely on the basis of a nationally-conducted peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 lawyers vote on the abilities and professional achievements of other lawyers in their specialties.