12 West Michigan attorneys, four law firms receive global recognition

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W. Michael Van Haren Courtesy Warner Norcross + Judd

West Michigan law firms Bodman PLC, Miller Johnson, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP and Varnum LLP were ranked as some of the top firms in private wealth law by the London-based Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Guide.

The rankings were based on a research process that included analysis of submissions provided by the firms and interviews with law firm clients, peers at other law firms and other professionals who serve high net worth clients.

Twenty-four individual Michigan attorneys, including 12 attorneys from West Michigan, were ranked as some of the top leaders in private wealth law based on views by their clients and peers.

Warner Norcross + Judd

West Michigan partners Carl W. Dufendach, Mark K. Harder, Susan Gell Meyers and David L.J.M. Skidmore and of counsel W. Michael Van Haren were recognized as leaders in private wealth law.

Dufendach has been practicing law at the firm for more than 41 years. He focuses on estate and trust planning and administration, tax and general corporate work.

Harder has been serving as an attorney for over 34 years. He practices out of the firm’s Holland office and chairs the private client and family office group.

Meyers has been with the firm for over 28 years. She advises high net worth and family business clients on estate and gift tax planning, business succession planning, asset protection and trust administration.

Skidmore has been with Warner Norcross + Judd for over 21 years. He is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on probate, trust, estate, fiduciary, and real property disputes and litigation.

Van Haren has been practicing at the firm for more than 45 years. He focuses on all aspects of planning for high net worth individuals, the family offices that serve those individuals and the businesses they own. He also focuses on gift, estate and tax planning; family business succession planning; charitable and foundation planning; and the special needs of family offices.

Mika Meyers

Neil Kimbal, a partner at Mika Meyers, was the lone West Michigan attorney from his firm to be selected as a leader in private wealth law.

He has been serving as an attorney at Mika Meyers for 30 years, where he specializes in business, estate and gift tax planning, estate planning, probate, business succession planning and real estate law.

Varnum LLP

The firm saw two of its attorneys, Marilyn Lankfer and Thomas Kyros, from its Grand Rapids office named leaders in private wealth law.

Lankfer practices estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate taxation and charitable giving law.

Kyros is a partner at Varnum and has been at the firm for more than 27 years. He focuses on estate planning, family, and closely held business and succession planning.

Miller Johnson

Four attorneys from Miller Johnson’s Grand Rapids office were chosen by their peers and clients as leaders in private wealth law: Robert J. Brower, Lauretta Murphy, Raj Malviya and Christopher Edgar.

Brower has been practicing law since 1972. He focuses on estate planning, succession/transition planning, contested trust, estate and fiduciary matters.

Murphy has been serving as an attorney for 32 years. She chairs the estates, trusts and private client practice group and specializes in probate and estate planning, taxation of estates, trusts and gifts, business succession planning, family office support, as well as elder law and special needs planning.

Malviya has been practicing law at the firm for more than 12 years. He concentrates on trust administration, estate planning and tax planning for private clients, organizations and families with foreign ties.

Edgar has been practicing law for over 45 years. He specializes in business and estate planning, probate and trust administration.

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