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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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Michigan
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

New EPA air emissions reporting requirements start Nov. 15

Beginning Nov. 15, many livestock farms releasing hazardous substances to the air from animal waste are required to begin reporting air emissions. In 2008, the EPA finalized a rule exempting almost all livestock farms from…more
 /  Agriculture, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled: Check Your Household/Consumer Fire Extinguishers!

A major manufacturer of fire extinguishers has issued a recall after hundreds of reports of failed or limited fire extinguisher activation and at least one death, in which emergency responders could not get the recalled fire…more
 /  Products Liability

What’s the Big Deal? The Importance of Having an Operating Agreement for Your LLC

So, you've started a business with your buddy. Enthusiasm is high, things look promising, and you've decided to formally register your business as a limited liability company (or, ahem, if you haven't formally registered your…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

USCIS to Increase Scrutiny of Employment Based Visa Extension Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that officers are directed to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications

In a significant change to longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began denying Advance Parole applications for abandonment when an applicant travels abroad while the application is…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept premium processing requests on all H-1B petitions…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Recording Conversations with Your Cellphone: with Great Power Comes Potential Legal Liability

In the cellphone age, nearly everyone walks around with a multi-tasking recording device in their pocket or purse, and it comes in handy for many of our modern problems: Your dog suddenly started doing something adorable? Open…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

Lawsuit Challenges Adoption Agencies That Refuse to Work with Same-Sex Couples

2015 was an eventful year for gay rights in Michigan. Most notably, litigation concerning Michigan's ban of same-sex marriage reached the United States Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges. In a June 26, 2015 decision, a 5-4…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Family Law

USCIS Outlines Protocols For New Employment Permanent Residence Interviews

On September 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman outlined protocols for new USCIS in-person interviews required for employment-based applicants effective October 1, 2017. Interviews will be…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

South Dakota Nexus Law Held Invalid in Violation of Quill

Like many states, South Dakota recently enacted an aggressive sales and use tax nexus statute requiring certain out-of-state retailers with no physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit tax on sales made to South…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Michigan Grants Needed Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The Michigan Department of Treasury has announced that it will join taxing authorities across the country by allowing taxpayers affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma an extension of time in which to file state tax returns for…more
 /  Taxation

MI Farmers React to EPA Announcement to Formally Rescind WOTUS Rule

Michigan farmers have actively challenged the necessity of the Obama administration’s Water of the U.S. or WOTUS Rule. Michigan Farm Bureau Associate National Legislative Counsel John Kran recently reacted to the announcement of…more
 /  Agriculture, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

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
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