West Meets East: Varnum Law Firm Moves into Federal Reserve Building


Varnum, a Grand Rapids-based law firm, has now moved into its new Detroit office in the Federal Reserve Building, a Bedrock Real Estate-owned building that is now fully occupied.

“Our investment in this second southeast Michigan location is driven in large part by a commitment to our growing client base in the Detroit area,” says Scott Huizenga, managing partner at Varnum. “This office, with its location in the Financial District and close proximity to several courts, will help us more efficiently serve many of our corporate clients as well as other clients with business in this area.”

Huizenga says Varnum worked with the Rossetti design firm, which redesigned the Federal Building a few years ago and also occupies the third floor of the building. Varnum’s new office space features furnishings from West Michigan-based Herman Miller, a client of the firm.

Varmun has seven attorneys based out of the Detroit office. Other attorneys based in the Novi office also plan to spend one or more days a week in the downtown office. The office is set up to accommodate visiting attorneys from the firm’s other offices who work with clients or courts in Detroit.

“Our attorneys who practice in southeast Michigan have flourishing, growing practices and many attorneys from our other offices do a significant amount of work with clients in metro Detroit,” Huizenga says. “The general state of the economy and level of opportunity in southeast Michigan right now is providing the kind of high-level, challenging work on which our attorneys thrive.”

Other occupants of the Federal Building, located at 160 W. Fort St., are the Detroit Media Partnership, the Detroit Free Press, and The Detroit News

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