Warner partner chosen for Bar Association award

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Emily Rucker. Courtesy Warner Norcross + Judd

A local law firm partner was chosen for a Grand Rapids Bar Association Three in Ten Award.

Emily Rucker, partner with Warner, Norcross + Judd, was recognized by the Bar Association for her professional achievements in her field. The award was presented to her Thursday, May 19, at the Grand Rapids Bar Association’s annual meeting. 

The Three in Ten Awards are presented annually to three attorneys who are in their first 10 years of practice and have contributed significantly to the legal profession, shown exceptional public service and have demonstrated noteworthy professional accomplishment. 

“I am honored to be selected for the prestigious Three in Ten Awards alongside the other recipients,” Rucker said. “The work I do on behalf of my clients at Warner and in the community is incredibly gratifying. I am grateful to the Grand Rapids Bar Association for this recognition.”

Rucker is a commercial litigator at Warner’s Grand Rapids office, and her practice focuses on supply chain and construction disputes. She represents clients in the automotive, manufacturing and construction industries and handles disputes involving breach of contract, contract termination, construction lien, and defect and delay issues. 

According to an undisclosed nominator, “Emily has a variety of achievements under her belt, including independently handling a breach of contract case that included successfully defending a motion for summary judgment, procuring a favorable settlement in a breach of contract arbitration for a significant manufacturing client and being part of the team that worked on the successful $4.4 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

“Her public service includes successfully litigating a pro bono prisoner’s rights case for a man who required a soft-food diet due to severe dental issues and procuring a favorable settlement for a pro bono bankruptcy debtor.”

Rucker graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Law in 2014 with a Juris Doctor degree. Previously, she attended Central Michigan University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. 

In addition to her work with Warner, Rucker serves as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the West Michigan chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She also serves on the Turnaround Management Association of West Michigan’s NextGen Committee and the Grand Rapids Civic Theater and School of Theater Arts board of directors.

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