Varnum Announces Four Partners in Birmingham, Grand Rapids, Novi

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Top - Edward Gusky, Ziyad Hermiz; Bottom - Christopher Hiller, Maureen Rouse-Ayoub
Top – Edward Gusky, Ziyad Hermiz; Bottom – Christopher Hiller, Maureen Rouse-Ayoub

Varnum, a Michigan law firm providing business and personal legal services with offices throughout the state, announced four new partners — Edwards Gusky, Ziyad Hermiz, Christopher Hiller, and Maureen Rouse-Ayoub — at its Birmingham, Novi, and Grand Rapids offices.

“We are pleased to welcome this stellar group of attorneys to the partnership,” says Ron DeWaard, chair of Varnum. “The competition for legal talent is at an all-time high and the addition of these high-caliber attorneys to our partnership will benefit our clients and the firm alike.”

Gusky is a member of the real estate team and is based in Novi. His experience includes real estate development, transactional, and finance law. He joined Varnum in 2018 from a regional firm where he led the real estate practice. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Hermiz is a member of the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice team and is based in Birmingham. He specializes in business and commercial litigation and has experience in trade secret and non-compete disputes, shareholder/member disputes, and more. He joined the firm in 2020 and earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and his undergraduate from Michigan State University.

Rouse-Ayoub is a member of the labor and employment practice team and is based in Novi. Her experience includes defending employment-related claims and regularly writes and speaks on labor and employment matters. She joined the firm in 2018 and received her law degree from Detroit College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Madonna University.

Hiller is a member of the business and corporate services practice team in the firms Grand Rapids office. His experience includes negotiation and drafting a wide variety of corporate contacts, including trade secret prevention, insurance, intellectual property, and more. He joined the firm in 2017 and received his law degree from the John Marshall School of Law and earned his undergraduate from Michigan State University.

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