Legal Careers with a Forward-Thinking Edge

Danielle DePriest


Shaun Neal


Athar Fawaz


Holly Johnson


We are forward thinking. We strive for excellence through innovation and resourcefulness. Above all, our firm is resolutely dedicated to fostering diversity of both people and thought.

At Zausmer, every day is an opportunity—to learn, to grow, and to make an impact. If you envision a career where your contributions are valued and your growth is celebrated, your journey begins here.

Our People Are Our Strength

United by a common purpose, Zausmer’s attorneys and support staff deliver legal services that don’t just meet standards—they set them. We seek candidates with robust qualifications who align with our firm’s vision of exceptional client representation and a supportive work environment. With each new hire, our goal is to enhance the caliber of our legal services and enrich our firm’s culture.

Zausmer Secretary

“From day one, the partners and office manager have always been friendly and very approachable. The partners have consistently recognized and given accolades to the staff at every party and meeting, which makes everyone, from clerks, receptionists, and secretaries, feel needed and appreciated. It also gives me a sense of pride to be part of the Zausmer law firm.”

Zausmer Paralegal

“I love the attorneys I work for and the team that I am on! They are always available to help with any problems, concerns, or questions I may have. I feel like an important part of my team’s success.”

Zausmer Attorney

“I work with intelligent people that work toward a common goal.”

A Celebration of Diversity

Diversity is a cornerstone of our firm’s identity. We recognize that diversity of people and thought is the foundation for sustained excellence. We come from diverse backgrounds, yet share one goal: providing top-tier client service rooted in inclusivity and respect. Through an intentional hiring process, we cultivate a dynamic, collaborative, and vibrant work environment. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shapes our internal culture and influences our broader role in the community and the legal industry. 

Modern Workspaces

Our headquarters, located in the cutting-edge TriAtria Building in Farmington Hills, features bright and spacious offices, expansive views, well-appointed kitchen areas, and wellness rooms to create a work environment that is both comfortable and conducive to productivity.

Our Grand Rapids offices are situated in the renowned McKay Tower, strategically positioned at the heart of the city. This secondary office expands our reach, making Zausmer legal services accessible to clients across western Michigan.

Teamwork and Talent Thrive Here

We foster a team-oriented atmosphere, with open-door policies that encourage professional and personal growth. Our flexible work arrangements support a hybrid model of in-office and remote work, and include a complimentary home office setup to ensure productivity and well-being.

To further enrich our collaborative environment, we offer:

  • 24-hour On-Site Fitness Center
  • Professional and Collegiate Sports Outings
  • Summer Picnic
  • Holiday Party
  • Bagel Fridays
  • Seasonal Potlucks
  • Happy Hours

Premium Benefits for Your Well-Being

Our comprehensive benefits package goes beyond industry standards, offering peace of mind for our employees and their families. From top-tier health insurance to paid time off and bonuses, we invest in the well-being of our team.

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • 401(k) Plan with Employer Match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Competitive Compensation
  • Performance-Based Bonuses
  • One Month Paid Sabbatical (after 10 years of employment)
  • Paid Professional Expenses (attorneys)
  • Continuing Legal Education (attorneys)
  • National, State, and Local Bar Association Dues (attorneys)
  • Professional Liability Insurance (attorneys)

Commitment to Diversity and a Vibrant Workforce

At Zausmer, we cultivate a diverse workforce that reflects the varied backgrounds of our clients and the communities in which we live and work. Our workplace, built around intentional inclusivity is dynamic, inspiring, and indicative of the societal progress we strive to achieve.

In every project I’ve had the privilege to lead, the most powerful catalyst for change has been a diverse collective—of minds, talents, and perspectives. At Zausmer, we don’t just talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion. We embed these principles into the fabric of our organization. We make it our business to provide not just a seat, but a voice at the table for everyone. From our high-stakes casework to our community engagements, we are driven by the conviction that our most meaningful work is born from a culture of inclusivity. This isn’t a trend for us–it’s a defining trait of who we are, how we operate, and how we engage with the world.

Mark J. Zausmer
Managing Shareholder

Valuing Individual Talents and Perspectives

We acknowledge the value of the diverse talents and viewpoints each individual contributes to our firm. A multifaceted and inclusive team directly elevates the quality of our services and enriches the dynamics of our work environment. Learning from each other’s unique perspectives and skills accelerates both individual and collective growth.

Diversity Initiatives and Work Environment

Our initiatives are designed to perpetually evolve a work environment rooted in equity. This involves:

  • Encouraging respectful communication and cooperation amongst all employees
  • Fostering teamwork and inclusive participation, allowing for representation of diverse groups and perspectives
  • Prioritizing work-life balance
  • Engaging both employer and employee in contributions to our communities for enhanced understanding and respect for diversity

As part of our long-term commitment to nurturing an inclusive work environment, we collaborate with experts for training sessions.

Leadership in Gender and Minority Representation

Our dedication to fostering a culture of inclusion is evident in our diverse workforce. Notably, 40% of Zausmer shareholders and 60% of our Management Committee are female. This commitment is further reinforced by our annual Women’s Leadership Summit, which serves as a platform for open dialogue on navigating the complexities of the legal field.

Professional Development

Our internal programs maintain our enduring allegiance to diversity, equity, and inclusion by:

  • Facilitating the rise of women and minorities in their careers and into leadership roles within the community
  • Elevating the visibility of minority and women attorneys
  • Assisting in the personal and professional development of our attorneys

Community Engagement

Zausmer actively champions social causes, benefitting both local and broader communities. Our engagement spans from contributing to the Autism Alliance of Michigan through annual concerts to revitalizing bikes for children with Free Bikes 4 Kidz Detroit. On a systemic level, we foster diversity in the legal field through the Damon J. Keith Scholarship at Wayne State University Law School.


From your first day at Zausmer, a strategic onboarding process introduces you to the firm’s culture and operational structure. We equip you with the essential tools and resources to optimize your success at every stage of your career, reinforcing our commitment to the growth of all employees.

In-house legal education forms a cornerstone of our development approach. Our Lunch and Learns feature senior attorneys, clients, and industry leaders to deliver insights from diverse viewpoints. These sessions cater to a broad spectrum of experiences and backgrounds, and are designed to enhance your professional abilities and expand your understanding of legal practice.

The Associate Development Committee (ADC) plays a central role in our mentorship system and places emphasis on mentorship and sponsorship for a diverse employee base. Comprising both partners and associates, the ADC focuses on streamlining internal communication, formalizing in-house training, and coordinating activities that foster a positive work atmosphere. This includes providing opportunities for networking, marketing, and community engagement within the firm.

“We have a wide variety of practice areas and create both learning events and social activities that provide opportunities for the different groups to interact, understand each other’s practice areas and, cross-market.”
– Bryan Padgett, shareholder

Our attorneys often extend their professional development through various community and legal associations, including but not limited to the Armenian American Bar Association, Jewish Bar Association, LGBTQA Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Shamrock Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers Association, Polish-American Legal Society, and Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. Zausmer actively supports participation in initiatives like the Oakland County Bar Association Inns of Court and takes pride in the accolades earned by our attorneys, notably those named as Top Women Attorneys in Michigan and Up and Coming Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Current Job Openings

Lateral Hires

Students and New Attorneys

Professional Staff

To apply for one of the above listed positions, please email your resume and a cover letter to

Ambition and excellence intersect here: be part of Zausmer’s evolving legacy.

At Zausmer, individual achievement fuels our collective momentum. Every employee’s growth reflects our forward-thinking approach and our unwavering commitment to top-tier client service. Within our walls, innovation meets determination, creating an environment where skills flourish and ambitions are realized, propelling both you and the firm to new heights. Rooted in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas, we’re more than just a law firm–we’re a community of professionals making a mark.


Zausmer is a firm where legal careers flourish. We welcome diverse talents and recognize that strategic lateral hires make our team stronger, more robust, and more versatile. If you’re an ambitious and collaborative professional, we’re eager to discuss opportunities.


Zausmer’s law clerks benefit from working alongside Michigan’s top legal minds. Mentored by experienced professionals, our law clerks hone their legal expertise and establish key industry relationships. Many stay and build their careers here.


Zausmer employs a team of outstanding paralegals, legal assistants, and administrative professionals. We seek individuals adept at handling a variety of tasks. Here, your skill and initiative directly translate to meaningful and rewarding work.