Duly Noted

Warner ranked a top-tier law firm

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP has been ranked one of the 2023 “Best Law Firms” by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report. 

The firm has been recognized for its litigation work in the areas of regulatory enforcement and environmental law. Six offices have received top-tier ratings in multiple practice areas. 

Warner has been recognized in the top tier of law firms in Grand Rapids for these areas: Appellate practice; banking and finance; bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization; bet-the-company litigation; business organizations, including LLCs and partnerships; closely held companies and family businesses; commercial litigation; copyright; corporate; employee benefits; employment – management; environmental; family; family law mediation; financial services regulation; health care; international trade and finance; labor – management; litigation in the areas of bankruptcy, construction, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, patent, real estate, trusts and estates and personal injury; mergers and acquisitions; nonprofit/charities; patent; real estate; securities/capital markets; tax; trademark; trusts and estates; and water 


Blackford Capital’s Jeffrey Johnson earns kudos 

Jeffrey Johnson, Managing Director of Blackford Capital, a leading lower middle market private equity firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, was selected by the editors of Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Notable Money Managers for 2022. The title recognizes Johnson for 27 years of experience in investment banking and private equity investing, and significant contributions within the industry and community.

Johnson has served as Chairman of the Board of three Blackford companies: Mopec, Quality Aluminum Products, and Ellison Bakery. 

Prior to joining Blackford Capital, he was a Managing Director and founding principal at Gilbert Global Equity Partners, L.P., and worked closely with multiple global manufacturing and distribution companies. 

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