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Warner Norcross Named One of Top Places to Work by The Detroit Free Press

11/18/2013

The law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has again been named one of Michigan’s Top Work Places by The Detroit Free Press.

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.

AshCharles 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.

LamJulie 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.

 

HudyAnissa  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.

 

BrauerKurt  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.

Warner Norcross Partner Mary Jo Larson Honored By Leadership Detroit

Mary Jo Larson, a partner with the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, is among a group of Leadership Detroit graduates who were honored earlier this month as “emerging leaders” at the 2012 Leadership Detroit Awards.

The award is the first ever made to a group and recognizes its members for continuing the work they began during their Leadership Detroit program to overcome racial lines in the city.  Normally Leadership Detroit programs end once the Leadership Detroit session itself concludes.

Larson, who concentrates her practice in employee benefits and executive compensation, is one of nine members of the group to earn the Emerging Leadership Award, which recognizes Leadership Detroit alumni who epitomize the spirit of lifelong leadership and community involvement.

Larson is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers, which named her as one of the Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers for the past four years.   She is also listed as a Top Lawyer in Employee Benefits by dbusiness magazine.

Larson is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.  She serves on the board of Forgotten Harvest and is active in teaching and lecturing.

WNJ Diversity Partner to Speak at 1st Annual Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit in Detroit

Warner Norcross & Judd Diversity Partner Rodney Martin will be a presenter at the 1st annual Ofield Dukes Diversity Summit organized by the Detroit Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.  The Summit will take place on Thursday, February 16 on the campus of Wayne State University.  Mr. Martin will join Randy Walker, Chief Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health Systems, in a session discussing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  For more information about the Summit, click here.

The summit is open to the public.  A fee is charged.  Participants must register by February 9.

• Crain’s Detroit Business Features WNJ’s Diversity Initiatives

An article titled “The Future of Diversity” in the most recent issue of Crain’s Detroit Business features the diversity initiatives of Warner Norcross & Judd.  The article notes that WNJ has “embraced diversity with the equivalent of a bear hug.”  You can read the article by clicking here.

• WNJ Diversity Effort Featured in Detroiter Magazine

Detroiter March 2008Warner Norcross & Judd was one of three businesses whose diversity efforts are profiled in the March 2008 issue of Detroiter, a publication of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The article includes comments from Bill Jansen, Partner in Charge of the Southfield office, and Rodney Martin, the firm’s Diversity Partner, and includes a photo of our entering 2007 class of new associates.  Also featured in the article are PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and Walbridge Aldinger, Co., one of the top 50 construction companies in the United States.  To read a copy of the article, click here.