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Law firm elects managing partner

January 13, 2016
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Douglas Dozeman. Courtesy Warner Norcross & Judd

A downtown law firm has elected a new managing partner who has more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession.

Warner Norcross & Judd announced last week the election of Douglas Dozeman to the role.

Dozeman will serve a two-year term.

As managing partner, Dozeman will chair the firm's management committee and guide its strategic direction and growth.

Warner Norcross, which is headquartered in Grand Rapids and also has offices in Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Macomb County, Midland, Muskegon and Southfield, employs more than 230 attorneys.

2016 marks the firm’s 85th anniversary.

Dozeman said he’s “honored and humbled” to have been selected managing partner by his peers.

“I have spent my career at the firm, joining in 1983 as an associate,” Dozeman said. “Warner has given me the opportunity to have an interesting and challenging legal career and to practice in a supportive team environment.”

2016 priorities

Dozeman talked about some of the priorities he intends to focus on during his tenure.

“In the coming year, you’ll see an increased emphasis on growing our presence in Southeast Michigan, which remains a key market for us,” Dozeman said.

Dozeman said the firm will also continue to add experienced attorneys who can help “anticipate new industries and practice areas we want to add or strengthen as we look to exceed client expectations.”

He said he wants to make sure young lawyers coming into the firm have the same opportunities he’s been given.

Dozeman background

Dozeman concentrates his practice on complex business litigation and represents businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation matters.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Association.

He has also served on the faculty of the Hillman Advocacy Program.

Dozeman serves on the boards of the Hope Housing Commission and The Right Place and is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA.

He has also been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly named Dozeman its Lawyer of the Year in 2003. He has also been included in the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers list since 2007 and was named one of the top 50 Michigan Business Super Lawyers in 2015.

Dozeman received his doctor of jurisprudence, magna cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School and holds an undergraduate degree from Calvin College. 

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