Varnum Names Six New Partners in Michigan

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Top - Regan A. Gibson, Timothy A. Gordon, Herman D. Hofman, Robert M. Huff; Bottom - Robert M. Huff, William L. Thompson, Rebecca K. Wrock // Courtesy of Varnum
Top – Regan A. Gibson, Timothy A. Gordon, Herman D. Hofman, Robert M. Huff; Bottom – Robert M. Huff, William L. Thompson, Rebecca K. Wrock // Courtesy of Varnum

Varnum, a law firm with offices throughout Michigan, has added Regan A. Gibson, Timothy A. Gordon, Herman D. Hofman, Robert M. Huff, William L. Thompson, and Rebecca K. Wrock as partners.

“We are very proud to welcome each of these attorneys to the partnership,” says Ron DeWaard, chair of Varnum. “In addition to their proven legal ability, each of them brings a unique background and experience to their practice as well as to the larger firm.”

Gibson is a litigation attorney representing clients in a variety of civil and criminal litigation matters and internal investigations. She has further represented companies and individuals in civil and criminal investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and numerous other state and federal agencies. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and received her undergraduate degree from Smith College.

Gordon is a corporate attorney focused on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate counseling. He represents public and private companies and private equity, venture, and angel capital firms in a variety of domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic investment transactions. He graduated from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University and earned both an MBA and undergraduate degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Hofman is a litigation attorney with extensive courtroom experience and advises companies in a variety of industries on legal matters in both individual and class action contexts. Hofman has also successfully handled appeals spanning a broad range of subject matters in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Hofman is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Dordt University.

Huff is a member of Varnum’s estate planning practice team and is experienced with all facets of advanced planning techniques, including the use of various trusts and entity structures utilized in gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning. Huff received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and attended the University of Chicago for his undergraduate degree.

Thompson is a member of the litigation team. His practice is primarily focused on complex commercial, tax and insolvency litigation. He also has substantial first chair trial experience litigating civil and criminal tax issues arising under state and federal law. He graduated from Wayne State University Law School. He earned his undergraduate degree at Wayne State University School of Business Administration.

Wrock is a member of Varnum’s estate planning practice team. Her practice includes all aspects of estate planning and estate settlement, including advanced planning techniques for estate, gift, income and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, cottage planning, business succession planning, planning for the care of animal companions with pet trusts, planning for charitable giving and long-term care and estate and trust administration services. She holds an LLM in taxation from the University of Alabama Law School in addition to her law degree from Wayne State University Law School and undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

“Our newest partners bring perspectives informed by their diverse backgrounds, including military service and government experience,” says Scott Hill, executive partner at Varnum. “We are pleased to welcome this talented group with their distinctive skills to the firm.”

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