Donica Thomas Varner

Associate General Counsel

Telephone: (734) 764-0304
Fax: (734) 763-5648
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Secretary: Gloria Scheffler
Telephone: (734) 615-6875

5010 Fleming Administration Building
503 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1340

Primary Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Employment
  • Immigration Compliance
  • International Engagement
  • Document Retention and Production Issues

Ms. Varner joined the staff of the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel in 2002 after having practiced employment and labor law on behalf of private and public employers since 1994 and higher education law since 2000. She litigates a variety of lawsuits on behalf of the University in state and federal courts with special emphasis on employment matters. In addition, Ms. Varner serves as chair of the OGC Faculty, Staff and Student practice group. She provides legal advice in the areas of employment, immigration compliance, and student affairs. and she consults regarding critical incident and crisis management matters. Ms. Varner also coordinates the University’s response to subpoenas and other formal requests for information not handled by the FOIA Officer.

Ms. Varner received her B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

University Committees/Special Projects

  • International Travel Oversight Committee
  • Faculty and Staff Immigration Services Advisory Council