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Trial lawyer organization elects attorney as fellow

October 18, 2016
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Perrin Rynders
Perrin Rynders. Courtesy Varnum

A local attorney has been inducted into an organization for trial lawyers that accepts no more than 1 percent of the “total lawyer population of any state or province.”

Perrin Rynders, of Varnum’s Grand Rapids office, was confirmed as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Rynders has been practicing for more than 30 years in the areas of businesses and commercial disputes, Employment Retirement Income Security Act cases, employment cases, product liability, personal injury, health care fraud and tax matters.

He led the litigation team in Hi-Lex Controls Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, in which Varnum showed that the insurer collected hidden fees over a nearly 20-year period by marking up employee hospital claims as much as 22 percent and keeping the markup.

Perrin has lead Varnum's trial team in representing more than 150 clients on BCBSM litigation since the original case was decided and all appeals exhausted.

“The entire firm commends Perrin for his induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers,” said Dave Khorey, Varnum chairman. "His professionalism, leadership and commitment to advocacy, ethical conduct and justice exemplifies what a good lawyer should be.”

Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada.

Fellowship is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality, according to ACTL.

Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship.

Membership in the organization cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active fellows, emeritus fellows, judicial fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and honorary fellows.

The college maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission.

It supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.

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