Dickinson Wright PLLC Expands its Toronto Ontario Affiliation Through Combination with Aylesworth LLP

January 4, 2011

Broadens Dickinson Wright's North American Footprint

North American law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC announced today that it has expanded its existing Ontario affiliate, Dickinson Wright LLP, through a combination with the established Toronto firm Aylesworth LLP. The combination is effective January 1, 2011.

"The Aylesworth firm, like Dickinson Wright, brings more than a century of professional excellence, and we are thrilled to have the Aylesworth lawyers join our existing team of accomplished lawyers in Ontario. We are highly aligned in our commitment to superior client service, professionalism, and broadening the areas of expertise that we offer to our expanding client base", says William T. Burgess, Chief Executive Officer of Dickinson Wright PLLC. "Dickinson Wright provides comprehensive legal services to a broad range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, new ventures, individuals and governmental units. We are a growing firm, and this expansion of our Ontario affiliate is part of a very deliberate strategy to cement our leadership position in an increasingly competitive North American legal marketplace. This combination helps strengthen our resources to compete and the culture to differentiate" adds Mr. Burgess.

"This is an exciting move for all of us," says Eric Kay, Managing Partner, Aylesworth LLP. "Dickinson Wright offers a unique value proposition for talented, like-minded professionals; access to resources and expertise across the United States and Toronto, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and approach to the marketplace. It's a great fit for our clients and our people." Mr. Kay adds that when it comes to their clients, it will be business as usual but better. "Our office location on Bay Street in Toronto will not change but we will now have the ability to offer our clients the services of Dickinson Wright PLLC, which has offices in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Las Vegas, Nashville, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Burgess commented, "Adding the Aylesworth professionals gives a full-service component to our affiliate in Ontario and strengthens our service capabilities in the region. The Aylesworth team brings in-depth knowledge in a number of practice areas and industry sectors and we are thrilled to be adding their experience and strengths to our own."

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 260 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; and Washington, D.C.. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 25 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

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