Law firm hires ex-judge
A former judge who spent 26 years on the bench is returning to private practice.
Grand Rapids-based Varnum said this month that Edward Post, who recently retired from his position as chief judge of the 20th Circuit Court in Ottawa County, has joined the firm’s Grand Haven office as an attorney.
His practice will focus on facilitative mediation, arbitration and litigation consulting.
Post said he’s “proud” of his judicial achievements and looking forward to the next step in his career.
“Helping people resolve legal disputes has been one of the most gratifying aspects of my judicial career, and I look forward to continuing that practice through facilitative mediation,” Post said. “It is one of the most expedient and economical ways of handling civil disputes.”
Post said he chose Varnum, because of its “broad range of legal service offerings and sophisticated practices” and his “friendship and familiarity” with Varnum attorneys.
“To have those resources at my fingertips will be very beneficial to my practice and my clients,” Post said.
The long-time judge spent 24 years at the 20th Circuit Court and two years at the 58th District Court. During his career, he presided over more than 40,000 cases, including more than 250 jury trials. His case load included both criminal and civil matters, and he handled family law cases for many years until the formation of the circuit court's family division.
He spent the early part of his career as a litigator at Mohney, Goodrich and Titta and later Miller Johnson.
In addition to his legal career, Post served three years as a general manager for the West Michigan office furniture sales business Remark Corp. in Grandville and co-founded the startup office furniture maker Compatico.
A long-time resident of the lakeshore area, Post has been active in numerous civic organizations over the years and was honored by the United Way as an outstanding community volunteer and received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Chamber of Commerce of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.
Post is also a nature and landscape photographer and teaches photography at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
He is a graduate of Calvin College and the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.
With more than 170 attorneys in eight offices, Varnum serves as counsel to individuals, businesses and institutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest.