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Law firm names partners

January 11, 2017
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David Whitfield
David Whitfield. Courtesy Warner Norcross & Judd

One of the region's largest law firms has named a group of new partners.

Grand Rapids-based Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP said last week it added five attorneys to the partnership: Jared Belka, Daniel Borst, Nathan DeVries, Randall Peck and David Whitfield.

Belka, Borst, DeVries and Whitfield will be based at the Grand Rapids office. Peck will serve in Midland and Southfield.

The new partners practice in a variety of areas, from intellectual property to economic incentives and estate planning to business litigation. They serve clients locally, nationally and internationally.

Douglas Dozeman, managing partner at Warner Norcross, said he’s “honored” to welcome the new partners.

“Each of them has established a strong practice based on discerning legal advice, coupled with superior client service,” Dozeman said. “Having professional, proactive attorneys like Jared, Dan, Nate, Randy and Dave is critical to the success of our firm — and our clients.”

Jared Belka

Belka focuses his practice on economic development, with an emphasis on brownfield redevelopment and public-private partnerships.

As co-chair of the firm’s Economic Incentives practice, he has helped clients secure more than $1.5 billion in economic development incentives.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Daniel Borst

With a practice that focuses on estate planning for individuals, families and those with family owned businesses, Borst often leads teams of financial experts to implement estate planning strategies for clients.

Borst also creates business succession plans and pre-nuptial agreements.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a law degree Wayne State University Law School.

Nathan DeVries

DeVries concentrates his practice on patent counseling, prosecution and portfolio management. He also counsels clients on intellectual property, including transactions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Grand Valley State University and a law degree from Case Western University, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.

David Whitfield

Concentrating his practice on commercial business litigation, mining, oil and gas-related litigation and environmental permitting, Whitfield also has experience counseling clients in connection with energy and natural resources extraction-related transactions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Olivet College and a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.

Warner Norcross

Warner Norcross & Judd is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Southfield, Clinton Township, Midland, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Holland and Lansing.

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