09 May 2019

Chambers Ranks Miller Johnson Practice Areas and Attorneys Among Michigan’s Best

Chambers USA 2019 —America’s Leading Lawyers for Business—again ranked Miller Johnson among Michigan’s best in these four practice areas: corporate/M&A, employee benefits & executive compensation, labor & employment, and general commercial litigation. The firm’s real estate practice was also recognized. In addition, five attorneys were ranked and another five were recognized or mentioned as key contacts.

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Here is some editorial they published about Miller Johnson’s ranked practices based on client interviews and work highlights for the significant matters the firm handles for clients.

Corporate/M&A practice is consistently involved in a broad spectrum of corporate issues, including high-value business and stock sales, joint venture deals and bankruptcy-related matters. Noted for its experience in acting for private and publicly held businesses. Also well placed to advise individual investors.

Clients find Miller Johnson to be “experienced and knowledgeable” and note that it “brings big-firm savvy to Grand Rapids.”  Sources applaud “their good communication, widespread specialist knowledge and practical approach.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice maintains a solid track record acting for prominent regional financial services clients, as well as entities from the healthcare, retail and manufacturing sectors. Offers extensive expertise in the formation and implementation of various types of benefit plan. Also well placed to assist clients on nonqualified deferred compensation plans, as well as benefit and compensation issues arising from mergers and acquisitions.

Clients say: “They provide clear guidance and understand the landscape in which it will be implemented.”  Sources report: “They are professional, quick and make sure the client understands the recommendation and next steps.”  Clients appreciate the team’s “in-depth knowledge base and their practical approach to things.

Labor & Employment practice has a solid reputation for its representation of public and private clients across a number of sectors. Handles a range of dispute work. Highly praised for its experience in management training and alternative dispute resolution. Has a significant traditional labor practice, with particular areas of expertise including management of union relationships and union avoidance.

A client reports: The “team is very capable, organized, and thorough,” further adding:  I feel very comfortable entrusting this firm with my organization’s legal work.

Litigation: General Commercial practice with extensive trial and appellate experience, excelling in antitrust, financial services and employment-related litigation. Particularly well known for its representation of companies in the healthcare, automotive and insurance industries. Also capable of taking on a range of alternative dispute resolution matters, with skilled mediators and arbitration counsel among the team.

One client’s comments: “The attorneys are very responsive, to the extent that we feel like we are their only client at times because they are so attentive to us.”  Sources say: “The team provides excellent representation; the attorneys are very knowledgeable and we see them as trusted advisers.”

These five attorneys were ranked in the Chambers USA 2019 guide as notable practitioners.

  • Frank Berrodin – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • James Bruinsma – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Mary Bauman – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Tripp Vander Wal – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Associate to Watch)
  • David Buday – Labor & Employment

These five attorneys were recognized in the Chambers USA 2019 guide.

  • Erik Daly – Corporate/M&A (Recognized Practitioner)
  • Robert Wolford – Corporate/M&A (Recognized Practitioner)
  • Maxwell Barnes – Corporate/M&A (Key Contact)
  • Dustin Daniels – Corporate/M&A (Key Contact)
  • Steve Ryan – Litigation: General Commercial (Key Contact)

Chambers USA is designed to recognize law firms and lawyers in the main areas of corporate law and ranks nine practice areas in Michigan.  Chambers guides are the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind and are trusted globally to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms. They are often considered to be the “global gold standard” in law rankings since their lists provides independent rankings and editorial comment.  For more information, visit

Founded in 1959, Miller Johnson is a full-service firm providing legal counsel to businesses and individuals in areas such as business and corporate, employment and labor, litigation, employee benefits, and estate planning.  The firm is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan with an office in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  For more information about the firm, follow on LinkedIn.

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