Before joining the firm, Richard Vary was an Assistant United States Attorney and president and shareholder of a litigation law firm. He has been an instructor, commentator, and author on labor and employment law and trial practice.
A native of mid-Michigan, Dick grew up with a strong work ethic helping his father and mother who, as independent business owners, sold and repaired industrial equipment to contractors, builders, agricultural companies, and local governmental agencies. He worked while attending Michigan State University on a baseball scholarship. Dick was named to the All-Big Ten Team and won the Big Ten batting title. After college, he joined the Michigan State Police and served on the Department’s first Emergency Services Team which handled crisis situations, including hostage negotiations. While serving on the State Police force, Dick obtained his law degree by attending night school. He graduated cum laude, served on the Scholastic Review Board, and received the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Administrative Law.
Considerable litigation experience in civil and criminal trials and appeals in both state and federal courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Served as an Assistant United States Attorney conducting federal criminal prosecutions, grand jury investigations, and defending civil suits against federal agencies
Served as president of a litigation firm defending and prosecuting civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts
Presenter at seminars for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education Courses, Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, Valley Society for Human Resource Management, and Associated Builders & Contractors, on topics including labor and employment, education, and medical programs
Author of numerous published articles on labor and employment law, civil procedures, and trial skills and tactics
Presenter at Advanced Trial Advocacy Skills Workshops and seminars on litigation of employment claims, discovery, evidence, negotiation, and ADRMember of the National Diocesan Attorneys' Association
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