Dickinson Wright PLLC Combines with Nashville Law Firm Stewart, Estes & Donnell, PLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC Combines with Nashville Law Firm Stewart, Estes & Donnell, PLC

1/5/2009
Combination Expands Dickinson Wright's National Footprint, Strengthens Litigation, Employment, Entertainment and Automotive Practices Dickinson Wright PLLC, a nationally recognized, full-service law firm with offices throughout Michigan, Washington D.C. and Toronto, announced today that it has combined with Nashville law firm Stewart, Estes & Donnell, PLC. The merger of the two firms became effective January 1, 2009, and strengthens and expands Dickinson Wright's client service in several key areas, including the automotive industry, as well as litigation, employment law and entertainment law. Founded in 1971, Stewart, Estes & Donnell has built a strong reputation in civil litigation. Based in Nashville since its inception, the firm has diversified and accumulated extensive experience in a wide range of legal practice areas, including business and commercial litigation, product liability, labor and employment, entertainment and intellectual property law, workers' compensation defense, insurance coverage, and class actions involving a wide array of employment and consumer matters. Dickinson Wright, based in Michigan for more than 130 years, has broad expertise in all aspects of the automotive industry, and its expansion in Nashville will provide more direct and local service to many clients in the automotive sector. The combination also further enhances Dickinson Wright's preeminent litigation, employment and product liability practices in the growing Southern market. "Our combination with Stewart, Estes & Donnell is entirely driven by expanded client service opportunities for both firms," said James A. Samborn, Dickinson Wright CEO. "We have many clients throughout Tennessee and other Southern states. The addition of an established, successful litigation and business firm like Stewart, Estes & Donnell allows Dickinson Wright to better serve those clients and grow in many of our core practice areas." Mr. Samborn added, "Stretching Dickinson Wright's footprint into Nashville solidifies our opportunity to offer our current automotive clients and new clients alike the exceptional level of service they have come to expect from Dickinson Wright." "Joining with Dickinson Wright is a tremendous opportunity for our firm," said Thomas M. Donnell, Jr., Managing Member of Stewart, Estes & Donnell. "We are combining with a firm that has a national reputation, well established relationships with clients in Tennessee and an interest in doing business in the South. It was a natural progression for both of our firms to join together our experience, expertise and superior client service to continue serving existing clients, while also developing new client relationships." Nineteen Stewart, Estes & Donnell attorneys will join Dickinson Wright: John Edward Anderson, Sr.; Jeffrey M. Beemer; Robert C. Bigelow; Thomas M. Donnell, Jr.; M. Reid Estes, Jr.; Kerry M. Ewald; R. Horton Frank III; Autumn L. Gentry; Stephen K. Heard; Martin Douglas Holmes; Julie Hamner Johnston; Philip M. Kirkpatrick; Peter F. Klett III; Adam O. Knight; John Paul Nefflen; W. Stuart Scott; Colleen M. Sweeney; and Darrell L. West. The addition of these attorneys brings the total number of Dickinson Wright attorneys to more than 260. The combined firm will soon announce the affiliation of additional attorneys in Nashville. The Nashville office will continue to be located in Fifth Third Center, at 424 Church Street, Suite 1401. For more information about Dickinson Wright PLLC, please visit www.dickinsonwright.com.
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