Tracy Larsen is leader of the Transactions and Counseling Practice Group and managing partner of the Grand Rapids office. Having one of the most active transactional practices in the Midwest, Tracy represents clients in a wide array of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, recapitalization, restructuring and corporate finance transactions. He has led hundreds of M&A transactions, both domestic and international, involving tens of billions of dollars in trade value.




Prior Experience

  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Partner, 2003-2016; Chairman of Corporate Department; Office Managing Partner - Grand Rapids; Vice Chair, Firm Wide Management Committee
  • Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Partner, Chairman of Corporate Department, 1991-2003; Associate, 1984-1991






  • Listed in Chambers USA, 2017-2024
    • Recognized in the top band of lawyers in the Corporate/M&A field in the state of Michigan; Chambers USA states: 
      • “[Tracy] has a recognized national practice.”
      • "Tracy Larsen is a well-regarded lawyer - he's hard-working and smart."
      • "Tracy Larsen …. is widely considered to be a leading M&A practitioner in the state … [with] expertise in international corporate transactions." Clients add, "Tracy Larsen is a very thoughtful and extremely hard-working lawyer" and "He is excellent and….innovative.”
      • "Tracy Larsen is 'an excellent corporate lawyer with vast experience in local and international commercial transactions' and is especially highlighted for his work with clients in the technology sector. Peers say: 'He has a very significant practice and is a sophisticated practitioner.'"
      • "'A very good lawyer with an excellent reputation,' Tracy Larsen heads the M&A practice and acts on both domestic and international transactions. He advised HomeServices of America on its acquisition of Long & Foster."
      • "[Tracy] is widely regarded as a leading practitioner in the Michigan market, with more than 30 years' experience advising on high-profile M&A transactions. Clients describe him as 'an absolute rock star' who is not only 'incredibly smart' but also 'very creative.' Sources suggest that 'his level of expertise separates him dramatically from most other attorneys' and praise him for his approachable, client-friendly manner."
      • “[Tracy] impresses interviewees with his experience in a range of complex transactions. He is adept at handling large-scale M&A, corporate finance and securities matters.”
      • “Clients say [Tracy] is ‘very knowledgeable and responsive,’ and ‘a very good negotiator.’ He ‘brings common sense and creative ability to complex transactions.’”
      • “Tracy is recognized as a leading M&A and corporate finance practitioner ... Clients describe him as ‘deeply knowledgeable,’ ‘supremely responsive,’ and a ‘good business and legal adviser.’”
      • “[Tracy] is praised as a ‘real deal-doer and trusted adviser.’”
      • “Tracy Larsen is ‘sharp as a whip’ and has vast experience of M&A, joint ventures and corporate finance transactions. Clients agree that he is ‘a creative thinker with an outstanding ability to analyze the situation and quickly provide multiple possible solutions to resolve it.’”
      • “Tracy Larsen is ‘exceptional in his financial advice and counsel,’ while also demonstrating himself to be an ‘outstanding business attorney who advises marquee clients around the country.’”
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2024
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Law
      • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • "Lawyer of the Year" awards, 2010-2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018
      • Grand Rapids Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2023
  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyers, Corporate Finance Law, 2018-2019, 2023-2024
    • Leading Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2018-2019, 2023-2024
    • Leading Lawyers, Publicly Held Corporations Law, 2018-2019, 2023-2024
    • Leading Lawyers, Securities & Venture Finance Law, 2018-2019, 2023-2024
  • Global M&A Network, Top 50: Americas M&A Lawyers, 2024
  • Crain's Grand Rapids Business, 200 Most Influential Leaders, 2023

  • Crain's Grand Rapids Business, 2023 Crain’s Grand Rapids Newsmaker
  • Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers, 2020-2021, 2023
  • Grand Rapids Business Journal Notable West Michigan Lawyers, 2023
  • Honored by BTI Consulting Group as a 2021 M&A Client Service All-Star
  • MiBiz Advisor of the Year, 2013 and 2015; Finalist, 2016
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law, 2013
  • Who's Who in American Law

Professional & Community Involvement

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Chair Ex-Officio

News & Insights

Press Releases

From Chambers USA:

“a leading M&A practitioner in the state”

“expertise in international corporate transactions”

“hard-working and smart”

Recognized by Global M&A Network

Top 50: Americas M&A Lawyers in 2024

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