Duly Noted

Burpee selected for Senior Neighbors ‘16 Over 60’ honor 

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP attorney Charles E. “Chuck” Burpee has been selected for the 2022 class of Senior Neighbors 16 Over 60. 

Now in its fifth year, Senior Neighbors annually selects 16 individuals older than 60 in Kent County who have inspired others and positively impacted the community through business excellence and other extraordinary efforts. Burpee and other recipients will be honored during a gala and awards ceremony Nov. 16 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Burpee concentrates his practice on patent, trademark and copyright law. He is a leading attorney within Warner’s expungement initiative, providing pro bono legal services.

He has received numerous awards, including recognition for 27 years by Best Lawyers, who named him 2018 Lawyer of the Year in Grand Rapids for copyright law. He also has been named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. 

He serves as board chair for Dégagé Ministries and the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Endowment as well as board vice chair for the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. He is a former board member for Clark Retirement Community, Planned Parenthood of West Michigan, West Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Technology Council, Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and East Grand Rapid Schools Foundation.

Hakim receives M&A Emerging Leader Award   

Blackford Capital’s Vice President Andrew Hakim is a recipient of the 13th Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards 

 Hakim leads the Portfolio Company Operations team and is responsible for key aspects of analyzing, acquiring, capitalizing, growing, and exiting the firm's equity investments. 

Raised in West Michigan, Hakim earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from the University of Michigan. Following his Master’s Degree, he became a management consultant for Kearney in Chicago. 

He returned to Michigan– and joined Blackford Capital as an Associate in 2018.


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