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Law firm hires executive director

December 12, 2018
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William Scarbrough
William Scarbrough. Courtesy Varnum

A local law firm with a statewide presence has named its new executive director.

Grand Rapids-based Varnum said last month it hired William Scarbrough for the role.

Scarbrough will manage the firm’s administrative staff and work closely with Varnum’s Policy and Executive committees.

Varnum has 180 attorneys and 159 support staff.

The firm operates eight offices across Michigan: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Hastings, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Novi.

“Bill brings deep insight into our Michigan as well as the national legal market,” said Dave Khorey, chair, Varnum. “His understanding and appreciation of the Varnum culture, combined with his wide-ranging prior experience make him uniquely qualified to lead our firm’s various strategic projects.”

Scarbrough’s background

Scarbrough has 30 years of law firm administrative experience.

Most recently, he was COO for the past five years at Detroit-based Bodman.

Previously, Scarbrough held various leadership posts: COO for Baker McKenzie in Washington, D.C. and New York; COO at Grand Rapids-based Smith Haughey; CIO at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and chief administrator of its London office.

Scarbrough has experience in lateral hiring, attorney onboarding and all aspects of planning, designing and opening new offices.

He is also a member of the Endowment Committee for the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, board member for Matrix Human Services in Detroit and co-editor of Practice Innovations, a legal trade newsletter published by Thomson Reuters. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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