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Law Firm Continues Strategic Expansion Plan To Increase Presence In Ke…

Law Firm Continues Strategic Expansion Plan To Increase Presence In Key Markets

DETROIT – 22 December 2004 – LAWFUEL – First with law news – Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that it has completed its move to 40,000 square feet of new space in One Detroit Center in downtown Detroit, with expansion options for more space to accommodate future growth.

The move exemplifies the strategic focus that Foley & Lardner has placed on its Detroit office. Since the firm entered the Detroit market in October 2000 to strengthen its Midwest and national practice depth, the office has grown from eight to nearly forty attorneys.

During that time, the firm identified areas that complemented the needs of its clients and built strong practices by adding attorneys in bankruptcy, white collar defense and corporate compliance, and regulatory and government contracts, as well as strengthening its litigation and corporate/securities practices. The firm also created an Automotive Industry Team – based in Detroit but drawing on all of the firm’s areas of expertise – that focuses on the needs of the automotive industry generally and automotive suppliers in particular. Foley & Lardner is the only national law firm with a significant Detroit presence focused on the needs of the automotive industry.

“Detroit is one of the firm’s fastest-growing markets, and we will be aggressive in our strategic plans to expand our presence,” said Ralf Boer, chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner. “The new office space, including options for future growth, will facilitate short- and long-term expansion.”

Foley & Lardner now occupies almost two full floors in One Detroit Center. The building, which is managed by Hines, is strategically located near Campus Martius, the center of the city’s downtown economic revitalization efforts in the Lower Woodward Corridor.

“Foley & Lardner is delighted to expand our downtown Detroit presence in a location where many exciting developments are taking place,” said Steven H. Hilfinger, managing partner of Foley & Lardner’s Detroit office. “This move enables us to better support our clients not only in Southeastern Michigan, but nationally.”

About Foley & Lardner LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP is a provider of legal counsel to global companies. The firm’s experience encompasses a full range of litigation and corporate legal services. Foley & Lardner’s nearly 1,000 attorneys understand today’s most complex business issues including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, merger and acquisitions, intellectual property and IP litigation, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, e-business and information technology, energy, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries. Our Web site can be found at www.foley.com.

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