Varnum LLP

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333 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504, United States
Contact: Tamara Bergstrom
Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Michigan
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Premium Processing Now Available for Cap H-1B Visas

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed the premium processing option for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B cap visa petitions filed for an October 1, 2018 start date. Premium processing guarantees a…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Michigan Agriculture Bills Passed Before Summer Recess

A set of agriculture bills to clarify ag exemptions were passed in the Michigan House before summer recess. Majority floor leader Dan Lauwers told Brownfield Ag News that one of the bills builds upon changes requested by the…more
 /  Taxation

American Farm Bureau Federation Establishes Goals for Farm Bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has outlined the organization’s key objectives for the 2018 Farm Bill. It recently relayed goals and recommendations to congressional leaders in advance of the upcoming farm bill…more
 /  Agriculture

Intellectual Property 101: What It Is and Why I Should Protect It

Startups and early stage companies have many things to focus on and worry about, and the protection of intellectual property (IP) is likely not on the top of the list, if it’s on the list at all. Why? Because a business startup…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

National Milk Producers Federation Working to Improve Labor Challenges

USAgNet.com recently reported that National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern praised the work of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) for offering an amendment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s…more
 /  Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

President Trump Signs the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act”

President Trump recently signed the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act” (H.R. 1238). The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs for the Department of Homeland…more
 /  Agriculture, Elections & Politics

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard Battle

In July, the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of renewable fuels advocates, including the Americans for Clean Energy and the National Corn Growers Association, agreeing with the petitioners that…more
 /  Energy & Utilities

Assessing the Taxability of Solar Energy Systems in Michigan

The very practical concern of knowing how solar energy equipment is taxed in Michigan is just one of many questions for those considering such a project. Under Michigan's General Property Tax Act (the "Act"), real and…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Taxation

Using “Finders” to Find Capital: Avoiding Problems for Your Company

Raising money for your startup can be hard. Not every entrepreneur can walk into Silicon Valley with a business idea and walk out with multiple VC term sheets in hand. Sometimes the only path to financing your startup is through…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Varnum PI Team Wins Wrongful Death Case for Family of WWII Vet

The family of a WWII veteran who died after an assault at a State-operated adult care facility will receive a $825,000 settlement from the State of Michigan…more
 /  Personal Injury

USCIS: Latest Form I-9 to be published on July 17

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, will be released on July 17. Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Raising Capital from Individual Investors Using Regulation A+

Raising capital is essential to startups, and a new option to fundraising allows you to raise money from individual investors through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Regulation A+. We'll explore the different…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Obama Administration’s Organic Animal Welfare Rule Postponed a Second Time

For the second time, the effective date of the Organic Animal Welfare Rule (OAWR) proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture during the last days of the Obama administration has been pushed back. The new effective…more
 /  Agriculture

NAFTA Renegotiation Would Intend to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers

In recent weeks, the Trump administration took the first step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), sent a letter to Congress placing…more
 /  Agriculture, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Timeline for Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule Lengthened by the EPA

On May 11, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a 12-month extension on the implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators Rule. The extension is meant to provide states and…more
 /  Agriculture, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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