Law firm elects partners


Bonnie Sawusch. Courtesy Varnum

A pair of West Michigan attorneys are now partners at their firm.

Grand Rapids-based Varnum said this winter that Luis Avila and Bonnie Sawusch have been elected to the partner role.

The firm has more than 170 attorneys that provide a wide range of legal services at multiple offices in Michigan.

Luis Avila

Avila is an attorney at Varnum’s Grand Rapids office.

He focuses his practice on labor and immigration matters, such as grievances, arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations and union drives.

Avila provides counsel to both private and public sector employers on issues regarding effective employee handbooks and polices, disciplinary and dispute resolution procedures, discrimination, disability accommodations, wage-hour matters, family medical leave and harassment and litigation prevention.

He was on the Lawyers of Color’s “Hot List” in 2014.

Avila is the board chair of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is also on several other boards, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Grand Rapids Symphony and Wedgwood Christian Services.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2010, and he earned his B.A. at Calvin College.

Bonnie Sawusch

Sawusch is a personal injury attorney at Varnum's Kalamazoo office.

She has 25 years of experience providing legal counsel to families on matters that involves catastrophic personal injury and death.

She investigates and litigates a variety of issues concerning automobile collisions, airplane disasters, fires and explosions, burn injuries and electrocutions.

Sawusch's practice is based on her personal experience of starting out her career as a critical care nurse in a large acute care hospital.

She was awarded the Pam Pucci Service Award by the University of Michigan in 2016, and she's on the board for the Pine Lake Fund.

She earned her J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law.

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