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Law firm elects managing members

November 1, 2017
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Robert Wolford
Robert Wolford. Courtesy Miller Johnson

There is a changing of the guard at a local law firm.

Miller Johnson said last week that Craig Lubben and Robert Wolford were unanimously elected as managing members by the 57 most senior members of the firm.

Lubben and Wolford will begin their three-year terms on Jan. 1.

There are 96 attorneys who work at the Grand Rapids-based law firm, including 14 at its Kalamazoo office.

Wolford will be responsible for client service strategies and marketplace development.

Lubben will focus on the business functions of the firm, including chairing the management committee and overseeing long-term professional and operational interests.

The two attorneys will be tasked with continuing the success of Craig Mutch’s nine-year reign as managing member of Miller Johnson.

Mutch is retiring after 40 years as a practicing labor and employment attorney. Mutch is vacating his position at the end of the year.

During Mutch's tenure, Miller Johnson has added new practices, increased its number of attorneys and moved to new offices in Grand Rapids at Arena Place and in Kalamazoo at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites.

“I have been honored to serve Miller Johnson’s clients for the past 40 years, including the last nine as the managing member,” Mutch said. “The reality is the responsibilities of the managing member are varied and extensive, so passing the torch to my two colleagues to continue the commitment to exceptional service is as easy a task as I’ve had in my time here.”

Wolford has been an attorney at Miller Johnson’s Grand Rapids office since 2001. His practice includes buyers and sellers throughout the country in mergers, acquisitions, re-capitalizations, re-organizations, private equity investments and other transactions.

Wolford is the secretary/legal counsel of The Economic Club of Grand Rapids and president of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education.

Lubben has been practicing at Miller Johnson’s Kalamazoo office since 1981. His focus is on business entities, executives, medical professionals and other individuals in commercial disputes in state and federal courts. 

Lubben was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the Attorney Discipline Board for two consecutive terms and served as the board’s vice chairperson.

Lubben is also chair of the Calvin College Board of Trustees.

“We are grateful to have served under Craig Mutch for nearly a decade and appreciate the opportunity to build upon his legacy at Miller Johnson,” Lubben said. “His commitment to ‘the team, the team, the team’ stems from his days playing for the legendary Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan and is ingrained in our firm’s culture.”

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