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Michigan law firm hires partner for SWFL office

  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 5:45 p.m. June 2, 2023
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Charles Thomson has spent the past three years as chief legal officer for Seagate Development.
Charles Thomson has spent the past three years as chief legal officer for Seagate Development.
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Michigan law firm Varnum has brought on Southwest Florida real estate attorney Charles Thomson as a partner, based out of its Naples office.

Thomson has spent the past three years as chief legal officer for Fort Myers-based Seagate Development. Prior to Seagate, Thomson spent nearly a decade with Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester P.A.

Thomson's practice, according to a statement from Varnum, which has more than 180 attorneys in seven offices throughout Michigan and Florida, includes representing clients in a variety of commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as development and redevelopment projects, commercial leasing, construction, equity and debt structuring and business entity/joint venture formations. He has represented public and private developers, contractors, lenders and investors in projects including multi-phased retirement communities, multifamily apartment complexes, mixed use asset and residential and non-residential condominium projects.

"We're pleased to welcome Charles to the firm and to our growing Naples office," Varnum Executive Partner Scott Hill says in the release. "His experience and unique background adds a new perspective to our national real estate team."

"Charles' experience with a large development group, including the development of an affiliate title insurance practice, adds another dimension to the expertise we provide for clients," adds Varnum partner Tom Forster, who leads the Naples office, in the release. "We're thrilled to welcome him to the office and to the real estate team."

Before a career in law, Thomson was a violin instructor at the Academy of Music and Art in Gainesville and he still performs to this day.



Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

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