Firms, legislation, trends and awards


Warner helps secure gubernatorial pardon for human trafficking survivor

Thanks to the work of a Warner Norcross + Judd partner, Sacred Beginnings founder Leslie King’s record has been expunged, setting her free to pursue higher education. 

New law eases M&A registration restrictions

New legislation will bring some clarity to the mergers and acquisitions process for transactions with private companies.

Varnum promotes six attorneys to partners

A Grand Rapids-based law firm has started 2023 strong, electing six new partners from various practices.

Warner names five new partners

A local law firm is starting 2023 off strong with the addition of five new partners. 

Calvin Prison Initiative poised for growth, program changes

Innovative approach has attracted national attention as a role model.

Butzel expands into Grand Rapids with Silver & Van Essen hires

Detroit-based Butzel is expanding into West Michigan with the addition of a Grand Rapids law office.

Court ruling causes Jars Cannabis to pull products

A Michigan cannabis company is concerned with a regulator’s ruling on the products of an acquisition.

Varnum completes office renovation

A local law office’s remodel features modern upgrades, reflecting the changing needs of its employees as they return to the office.

Therapy center recognizes attorney for 25-plus years of service

A West Michigan therapy center named its 2022 Legacy Award recipients, one of whom previously served as the center’s board president. 

Plaintiff in Shefit lawsuit alleges culture at odds with company’s inclusive branding

Former executives at a West Michigan sports bra company allege a "toxic culture" and tax evasion in a pair of lawsuits against the company.

Grant fuels work on law school’s Innocence Project

Students at a Michigan law school will continue to assist the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to review cases that may result in the exoneration of individuals who were wrongfully convicted, courtesy of a federal grant.

Varnum steps up diversity efforts with Mansfield Rule certification

Varnum LLP is anxious to put into practice what it learned about diversity, equity and inclusion over the past year.

Michigan CASA CEO named to Governor’s Task Force

A West Michigan leader in child welfare will help shape Michigan policy regarding child abuse and neglect. 

Warner Norcross + Judd ranked among best firms nationwide

A local law firm was ranked No. 1 nationwide in 34 areas of law, according to a U.S. News & World Report list. 

Varnum’s new NIL team tackles college sports

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Varnum is entering the world of college athletics.

Company executives face sentencing for pollution violation

LANSING – An Ottawa County electroplating company and two of its top officers have pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act by discharging wastewater with excessive amounts of zinc.

LifeCircles provides insight, training to local law enforcement

In an effort to broaden the skillsets of law enforcement officers, LifeCircles PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), a home-based elderly care organization, is taking part in a crisis intervention team training program to help teach officers how to effectively handle critical situations involving older people.

Michigan veteran gets 5 years for fraud over faked injuries

GRAND RAPIDS — A Michigan veteran has been sentenced to five years in prison after investigators who followed him discovered he had faked injuries that allowed him to claim more than $260,000 in federal benefits.

Michigan chief justice leaving to lead arbitration group

LANSING — The chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court is leaving to become president of an international provider of dispute-resolution services.

Varnum partner named to Girls on the Run board

A family law attorney recently joined a nonprofit’s leadership team. 

EPA loses key ruling as Flint residents pursue water claims

DETROIT — A judge blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from appealing a key ruling in a long-running lawsuit claiming negligence by the federal government in Flint’s lead-contaminated water in 2014-15.

Judge denies Eastern Michigan request to halt faculty strike

A judge has scuttled an effort by Eastern Michigan University to force striking faculty back to their classrooms.

Miller Johnson launches new subsidiary

Michigan-based law firm Miller Johnson recently launched Michigan Growth Advisors. 

State police: 3,250 THC lab reports might be inaccurrate

LANSING — The Michigan State Police say about 3,250 lab reports on THC toxicology samples in prosecutions might be inaccurate because of a technical issue.

State police halt marijuana THC tests after lab problems

DETROIT — The Michigan State Police crime lab has stopped screening blood samples for THC, the compound that gives marijuana users a high, after problems with testing, a spokeswoman said.