Law firm adds partners to downtown office


Mark Pendery. Courtesy Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn

A statewide law firm that opened a Grand Rapids office this year is rounding out its local practice offerings with four staffing moves.

Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn said this month it hired attorney Mark Pendery as a partner in the firm’s downtown office.

Additionally, Honigman partner Brett Krueger has relocated to Grand Rapids from the firm’s Detroit office, and partners John Pirich and Phillip Torrence will add part-time office hours in Grand Rapids and spend the rest of their time in their home offices in Lansing and Kalamazoo, respectively.

Mark Pendery

Pendery will practice as a litigator in the firm’s white-collar crime and investigations group and the state and local tax divisions.

“Mark’s addition to Honigman is the latest example of our commitment to the growing Grand Rapids office,” said Tracy Larsen, co-chair of the mergers and acquisitions practice and managing partner of Honigman’s Grand Rapids office. “He is a highly regarded litigator in Michigan and will be an asset to our clients.”

Pendery represents clients before federal and state courts, the Internal Revenue Service and various local tax agencies. In addition to his tax work, Pendery provides representation in matters relating to investigations, criminal prosecutions and complex civil litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Before joining Honigman, Pendery was a partner at Miller Johnson. He also spent more than 14 years with the IRS, including in the Chief Counsel’s Office in Washington, D.C. and district offices in Phoenix and Michigan.

He earned a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati.

Brett Krueger

Krueger is a partner in Honigman’s intellectual property department and patent practice group.  

“We’re delighted that Brett will be joining us in our growing Grand Rapids office,” Larsen said. “His extensive skillset and strong book of business makes a perfect addition to the team, which will be further strengthened by John and Phil’s presence here.”

Krueger counsels clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups and concentrates his practice on patent prosecution and opinions in the areas of mechanical engineering, robotics, autonomous vehicles and mobile platforms, automation, medical devices, optical devices, software, internet applications, mobile devices, cloud computing, distributed systems and apparel.

“I’m looking forward to serving my existing and future clients out of western Michigan,” Krueger said. “Honigman’s Grand Rapids office is quickly growing, and the varied expertise of my colleagues there will complement my practice.”

Krueger earned a J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.

John Pirich

Pirich, a former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, represents clients in governmental relations, which includes appearing before various legislative committees, interacting with legislative staff and participating in legislative initiatives for trade associations and institutional clients.

He has experience as a litigator who argues matters at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, focusing on election law, campaign finance and other politically related activities.

Pirich earned a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Phillip Torrence

Torrence leads Honigman’s financial institutions, securities and corporate governance practice groups.

He represents public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including the medical device and life sciences industries and the financial services sector.

Prior to joining Honigman, he was a senior partner at Miller Canfield and an associate attorney at Varnum.

Torrence earned a J.D. from the University of Utah and a B.A. from Hope College.


Honigman, founded in 1948, is a business law firm with local, national and international clients.  The firm’s attorneys practice in more than 60 areas of concentration.

The firm has offices in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing.

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