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Hilary Fred Snell

Hilary Fred Snell, American lawyer. Bar: Michigan 1959, United States District Court (western district) Michigan 1959. Named Conservationist of Year, Kent County Conservation League, 1974; recipient C.R. Evenson Environmental award Western Michigan chapter Trout Unlimited, 1975.


  • Snell, Hilary Fred was born on July 17, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Son of Frank Yeargan and Edna (Westfall) Snell.

  • Education

    • Colgate University (Bachelor of Arts, 1956). University of Michigan (Juris Doctor, 1959).


    • Partner, McCobb & Heaney, Grand Rapids, 1959-1967;partner, Wheeler, Upham, Bryant & Uhl, Grand Rapids, 1967-1975;partner, Schmidt, Howlett, Van't Hof, Snell & Vana, Grand Rapids, 1975-1983;partner, Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, Grand Rapids, since 1983;managing partner, Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, 1983-1985, 93-.


    Member Grand Rapids Child Guidance Clinic, 1960-1966, president, 1965-1966. Delegate Republican National Convention, 1968. Chairman Kent County Republican Committee, 1966-1968, 5th Congressional District Committee, 1969-1971, Michigan council Trout Unlimited, 1971, Gerald Ford for Congress Committee, Grand Rapids, 1972.

    Chairman Michigan Natural Resources Commission, 1971-1983, member, 1974-1979. Trustee Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, East Grand Rapids, Michigan, since 1979, chairman, 1985-1988. Treasurer Henry for Congress committee, since 1985.

    Chairman, trustee Ferguson Blodgett Foundation, since 1992. Sergeant United States Army, 1959-1960. Member American Bar Association, State Bar Michigan, Peninsular Club, Athletic Club, Watershed Club.



    Avocations: trout fishing, skiing.


    • Married Constance Mae Zick, October 26, 1963. Children: Hilary Edmund, Travis James.
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