New Chief Executive Officer Elected

January 11, 2010

Dickinson Wright announces the election of the firm's new Chief Executive Officer, William T. Burgess. Burgess succeeds James A. Samborn, who has served as the firm's CEO for the past 10 years. Burgess, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale Law School, has enjoyed a 25-year career at Dickinson Wright following a clerkship with the Michigan Supreme Court. He practices in the firm's Detroit office in the areas of creditors rights, insolvency and commercial law. Samborn, a commercial litigator specializing in the areas of construction law and alternative dispute resolution, will continue his practice in the firm's Detroit and Ann Arbor offices.

Dickinson Wright experienced record revenue growth and significantly expanded several key practice areas under Samborn's leadership, and is positioned for continued expansion both nationally and internationally. The AmLaw 200 firm has offices throughout Michigan and in Nashville, Phoenix, Washington, D.C. and Toronto. In addition to its traditional core strengths in litigation, finance, real estate, employment and corporate transactions, Dickinson Wright also is ranked nationally in several specialty practice areas, including intellectual property, gaming law, and automotive supplier matters.

"Dickinson Wright has a rich, 130-year history of client service and community involvement, and that track record only strengthens our commitment to deliver the absolute best service to each of our clients," Burgess said. "We are enriched by the recent addition of several important practice areas and new offices, and are excited about our plans for further expansion. At the same time, we are mindful that many of our clients experienced unprecedented financial and business challenges in recent times. As these difficulties subside, they will be replaced by new global business challenges, and we look forward to assisting each of our clients in meeting these challenges and finding new opportunities for success."

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

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

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