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Warner Norcross again rankd one of Michigan’s top firms in Chambers High Net Worth Guide



Warner Norcross & Judd LLP and five of its partners have again been recognized for excellence in private wealth law in Chambers High Net Worth guide.

Chambers and Partners compiled the rankings, which are aimed at the international private wealth market. Law firms and attorneys were referred by clients for their expertise in family office, charitable planning, wealth transfer, business succession planning, estate tax planning, trust disputes and other areas.

Warner Norcross again received a Band 1 rating as a law firm.

“For the second year in a row, Warner Norcross has been internationally recognized for our expertise in estate planning, wealth management law services and the quality of counsel we provide our clients,” said Douglas A. Dozeman, managing partner. “Our talented team is comprised of individuals who are not only experienced in their practice area, but provide top-notch service to our clients. As the largest Trusts and Estate Practice Group in the state, we are committed to serving the needs of our clients in Michigan – and wherever life takes them.”

Warner Norcross partners recognized as notable practitioners are:

—Carl Dufendach, who maintains a broad practice advising clients on trust and estate planning and administration. The guide quoted: “... He’s a very stabilizing influence, especially when families are trying to work their way through emotional issues.”

—Mark Harder, who chairs the firm’s Private Client and Family Office Group and works with individuals, families and family business owners on sophisticated estate planning and business transfer. The guide noted “He really is good at taking all aspects that families run across – family foundations, tax strategy and specialty areas like aviation and private banking – and he’s able to pull together all of those disciplines...”

—Susie Meyers, who advises high net worth and family business clients on estate and gift tax planning, business succession planning, asset protection and trust administration. The guide said: “She’s fantastic. She’s extremely well organized, ... a meticulous lawyer and ... very careful in her drafting and follow up. She has a business background, and she does a very good job in estate planning with underlying businesses.”

—David Skidmore, who focuses his practice on probate litigation and other contentious trusts and estates matters. The guide noted that he is a good attorney respected throughout the state for being a good litigator.

—Mike Van Haren, who concentrates his practice on all aspects of planning for high net worth indivi-
duals, family offices that serve those individuals and the businesses they own. The guide explained that “He’s very good at complex drafting. Trying to make a family’s complicated dreams a reality is a lot harder than it seems, and that’s his strength.”