Warner’s Kelechi Adibe is among the attorneys interviewed in this great video from grab LAW about what Grand Rapids has to offer young professionals. grab LAW is an initiative of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative to help match minority and female attorneys with law career opportunities in West Michigan. Learn more at www.grabLAW.org and follow grab LAW on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Warner Norcross & Judd is a charter member of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative.
The survey ranked Warner Norcross, which has seven offices across Michigan, among the leading mid-size employers in the state. Hundreds of companies were nominated for the award, which evaluated career opportunities, compensation and benefits, management, direction and related areas. This is the fifth year that Warner Norcross has been on the annual list.
Attorneys and staff from each of the firm’s offices were surveyed for the award. They gave Warner Norcross high marks for offering alternative work arrangements, job sharing, telecommuting, flexible schedules and a compensation system that promotes teamwork. The law firm was also noted for its strong commitment to philanthropy.
Warner offices in Southeast and West Michigan have both been honored repeatedly in the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For.
Four Attorneys from Warner Norcross & Judd Have Been Selected to Participate in Community Leadership Programs
Four attorneys from Warner Norcross & Judd have been selected to participate in leadership programs in the communities served by the firm. They include Charles Ash, Jr., Julie Lam, Anissa Hudy and Kurt Brauer.
Charles Ash, a partner with the firm, will be among 35 business professional, nonprofit executives and government leaders to participate in Leadership Grand Rapids, a nine-month community leadership program from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in May 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore issues connected with community building, including talent development, public safety, philanthropy, community health and others essential to a vibrant Grand Rapids.
Mr. Ash concentrates his practice in litigation and has extensive experience representing businesses in complex contract and tort litigation in state and federal trial courts throughout the country. He serves on the boards of the Student Advancement Foundation and Calvin College Alumni Association. He is a graduate of Leadership West Michigan.
Julie Lam, an associate, has been selected for the Inforum Executive Leadership Program. Ms. Lam will be among 32 business professional, non-profit executives and government leaders to participate in the four-month leadership program. The 2013 class, which begins in September and wraps up in December, will give personalized instruction and focused coaching that allows participants to explore their personal leadership style, understand what it takes to be an effective leader and receive personal coaching and feedback.
Ms. Lam concentrates her practice in civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.
Anissa Hudy, Senior Counsel at the firm, has been selected to participate in Leadership Macomb. Ms. Hudy will be among 30+ business professional, community and government leaders to participate in the nine-month community leadership program. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in June 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore emerging issues that will impact Macomb County, Southeast Michigan and the bottom line of their own organizations.
Ms. Hudy concentrates her practice on real estate and commercial litigation with an emphasis on creditors’ rights. She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation and serves on the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review Fees Workgroup for the State of Michigan.
Kurt Brauer, a partner, has been selected to participate in Leadership Detroit. Mr. Brauer will be among 65 business professional, non-profit executives and government leaders to participate in the nine-month community leadership program of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in May 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore key issues that affect the Detroit region and explore ways to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership.
Mr. Brauer counsels clients in economic development and environmental compliance and regulatory matters with an emphasis on brownfield redevelopment and business expansion incentive packages. He also assists them in resolving complex real estate matters. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and as a dBusiness Top Lawyer.
Nine Warner Norcross & Judd attorneys were among 52 attorneys who participated in “Growing Your Practice: A Workshop on Business Development,” targeted at female attorneys and attorneys of color. The half-day workshop, which was held on September 10, 2013, was sponsored by the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative.
The Workshop was conducted by Jane DiRenzo Pigott of R3 Group LLC. Ms. Pigott brought a wealth of practical knowledge and insight gained by her many years in private practice. She served as chair of the environmental practices at both Katten Muchen and Winston & Strawn in Chicago. At Winston & Strawn, she was the first woman to serve on the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees. In addition, she created and implemented the firm’s diversity initiative, for which the firm has been recognized multiple times with the prestigious Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
Following the workshop, the participants attended a luncheon where they had the opportunity to meet with their respective managing partners to discuss their business plans and the support they needed from their law firms.
The Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative was formed in 2011 by 12 of the largest law offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in association with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, to promote diversity and inclusion in our firms and the profession. Conducting the annual workshop is one of 45 action steps in the Collaborative’s Action Plan adopted in 2012.
Rodney Martin, the Diversity Partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been appointed to Inforum’s DiversityNEXT Steering Committee.
Martin will serve a two-year term on the committee, which is dedicated to building inclusive work environments by serving as a resource to Michigan companies. Not only does DiversityNEXT provide access to industry leaders, it works to share best practices and research to advance gender diversity and overall inclusion initiatives.
Inforum is the leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Female partners of Warner Norcross were among the founding members of Inforum’s West Michigan region and continue to serve in leadership roles with the organization.
Martin concentrates his practice on financial institutions, with an emphasis on bank regulatory issues, fair lending, financial privacy and related matters. He chairs the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group.
Martin serves on the Inclusion Advisory Council of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory board of BL2END. He co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.
He serves as facilitator for the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, which is an initiative of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, or GRBA. GRBA gave Martin its 2012 President’s Award in recognition of his special contributions in service to the board of trustees, executive committee and executive director. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and as a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Martin is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Association.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP partner Linda Paullin-Hebden has been named chair of the firm’s Business Practice Group.
Paullin-Hebden will lead the group of 60+ attorneys – one of the largest practice groups in the firm – who are located in each of the firm’s seven Michigan offices. Warner Norcross works with publicly traded and privately held companies in Michigan, across country and around the world. The firm routinely advises corporate and commercial transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, antitrust issues, franchising, dealership, licensing and other issues.
Warner Norcross has some of the leading securities attorneys in the state, offering broad experience to clients for Securities and Exchange reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, investor relations, corporate governance and related areas. The firm also advises general counsel and boards of directors on non-transactional matters, such as takeovers, disclosures issues, executive compensation and fiduciary duties.
Paullin-Hebden, who practices in the firm’s Southfield office, joined Warner Norcross in 2006. She concentrates her practice in M&A, venture capital, investment adviser compliance and general corporate matters.
She was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its leading “Women in the Law.” Paullin-Hebden was named a Top Lawyer in Securities Law by dBusiness and a Michigan Super Lawyer. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.