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Law firm names partners to leadership roles

April 20, 2016
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Charlie Goode
Charlie Goode. Courtesy Warner Norcross & Judd

Six partners at a law firm based downtown have been named to new leadership roles.

Grand Rapids-based Warner Norcross & Judd announced the leadership changes last week.

Warner Norcross is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in seven other offices throughout Michigan: Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Macomb County, Midland, Muskegon and Southfield.

Linda Paullin-Hebden

Paullin-Hebden was named executive partner of the firm’s Southfield office.

Paullin-Hebden’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity and general corporate issues.

She works as a securities compliance adviser to registered investment advisers and also counsels closely held corporations.

Michael Brady

Brady, based in Southfield, was named chair of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

It is the largest practice group in the firm, with 75 attorneys and paralegals who have experience in mediation, trial, arbitration and appellate work.

Brady’s practice concentrates on representing clients in complex business litigation and class action cases.

He is also co-chair of the firm’s Automotive Industry Group and regularly represents auto suppliers in contract negotiations, warranty disputes and anti-trust proceedings.

Scott Carvo

Carvo, based in Grand Rapids, was named co-chair of the firm’s Data Solutions Practice Group.

This group includes more than 25 attorneys, database and records experts, specialists and paralegals who assist businesses of all sizes with information governance. The team also assists in security breaches and litigation related to data matters.

Carvo incorporates his general litigation practice experience into designing and managing “cost-efficient large-scale discovery,” principally in complex civil litigation and government investigations.

His practice also focuses on commercial litigation, including matters of restrictive covenants, employment and tax litigation.

Rob Davies

Davies, based in Grand Rapids, was named chair of the firm’s Commercial Finance Practice Group.

The group’s attorneys work to help both lenders and borrowers by using their knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code, banking regulations and tax-exempt bond rules.

The firm also serves as counsel to the Michigan Bankers Association and chairs the State Bar of Michigan’s Financial Institutions Committee.

Davies concentrates his practice on serving as borrower and lender counsel in commercial finance transactions. He also assists clients with real property transactions.

Charlie Goode

Goode, based in Grand Rapids, was named chair of the firm’s Business and Corporate Services Practice Group.

The more than 60 attorneys in the group continue to build on the firm’s founding as a corporate law firm.

Their experience encompasses all areas of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, re-organizations, hostile takeovers, anti-trust, franchising and securities work.

The attorneys also regularly advise on corporate finance, disclosure issues, corporate governance and executive compensation.

Goode’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities regulation, corporate governance, executive compensation and other corporate and regulatory matters.

James Rabaut

Rabaut, based in Grand Rapids, was named chair of the firm’s Real Estate Services Practice Group.

The group's inter-disciplinary team of attorneys work with complex real estate transactions, including condominiums, financing and capital, tax law and zoning.

The firm said it has helped pioneer the condominium form of ownership for non-traditional property, such as hospitals.

Rabaut’s practice includes all area of real estate law, including commercial construction projects, economic incentives and business condominiums.

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