Duly Noted . . .

‘East meets West’ in Varnum’s Detroit office


Varnum law is now occupying its new downtown Detroit office in the Federal Building at 160 W. Fort St. Varnum's move into the fifth floor space completes occupancy of the Bedrock Real Estate-owned Federal Building and means that Varnum now has six offices across the state.

The firm worked with the Rossetti design firm, which redesigned the Federal Building a few years ago. Varnum's new office space features iconic furnishings from West Michigan-based Herman Miller (a long-time client), including chairs and tables from the Eames and Nelson lines.

“We are very pleased with our decision...,” said Varnum Partner Dick Hooker who serves as administrative partner of the new office. Hooker noted that the firm intentionally avoided “typical mahogany and granite” law firm finishings.

“It was great to work with both an innovative Detroit-based design team and a West Michigan-based furniture icon,” he added. Coincidentally, the inaugural event in the law firm's new space is an “East meets West” reception for the Detroit Regional Chamber later in the week.

In addition to Hooker, attorneys based out of Detroit include Matt Bower, Barbara Buchanan, Kevin DiDio, Tim Kroninger, Terry Miglio and Bethany Sweeny. Other attorneys based in the Novi office plan to spend one or more days a week in the downtown office. Additionally, the office is set up to accommodate visiting attorneys from the firm's other offices who work with clients or courts in Detroit.

According to Rossetti Senior Interior Designer Jennifer Sutton, the new office design is meant to "embrace Varnum's new connection to the city" while also representing the firm through elements such as a graphic in the entry lobby, an adaptation from art on the Varnum business card.

For the past 11 years, Varnum has served clients in the Metro Detroit area primarily from its office in Novi, which has grown to more than 30 attorneys, including 14 who joined in the past 18 months. The firm also recently opened an office in Ann Arbor.

Varnum Managing Partner Scott Huizenga said the expansion  is reflective of the firm's growth strategy as well as a commitment to clients in the region.

Huizenga added, “This office, with its location in the Financial District and close proximity to several courts, will help us more efficiently serve many of our corporate clients as well as other clients with business in this area.”