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Attorney wins municipal Attorney of the Year award

September 20, 2016
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Randall Kraker
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An attorney for a city in the area has been named Attorney of the Year by a statewide association.

The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, or MAMA, has awarded the Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year award to Randall Kraker, a long-time attorney for the City of Grandville and a partner at Varnum.

The award is given for “outstanding contributions” to the practice of municipal law on behalf of cities and villages throughout Michigan.

It acknowledges the “highest level” of professional accomplishment and an attorney’s commitment to professional organizations, such as MAMA and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Kraker received the award from Clyde Robinson, MAMA president and Kalamazoo city attorney, during the Sept. 12 Grandville City Council meeting.

Robinson said Kraker has an “extensive and impressive” resume of service to the City of Grandville, to municipal interests “in general” and to the legal profession.

Grandville City Manager Kenneth Krombeen called Kraker a “superior municipal attorney.”

Kraker has served as city attorney for Grandville for nearly four decades, since 1977.

His primary practice areas are municipal law, municipal finance law and land use and zoning law.

Kraker also served as municipal attorney for the City of Belding for about 30 years, and he formerly represented the City of Plainwell and several townships.

He has provided specialized municipal service to several others cities, including Big Rapids, Chelsea and Walker.

He is routinely consulted by city attorneys from many units of government on “issues of joint importance.”

He is also a member of or affiliated with numerous organizations in his field: the MAMA; American Planning Association; State Bar of Michigan, Public Corporation and Real Property Law Sections; and Grand Rapids Bar Association.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University and a law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law.

Kraker said he feels “privileged” to work with a large number of “outstanding public officials,” both elected and appointed, during his career.

“I have had the support of many excellent lawyers and staff at my firm and have worked with many great municipal lawyers across Michigan,” Kraker said. “It is truly a special honor to receive the award from the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, recognizing my work over time with all of these individuals, and I share it with them.”

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