Miller Canfield Marks Anniversary

May 2, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — The law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC, which predates the Civil War by nine years, just recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in western Michigan.

In fact, the celebration — a special reception — occurred earlier this year at the Van Andel Museum Center in Grand Rapids.

About 800 of the firm’s clients, friends and competitors attended, along with many community leaders.

The gathering included a tour of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. The anniversary reception also included presentations from Bert de Vries, professor of history and archeology at Calvin College, and Rev. John H. Stek, associate editor, NIV Study Bible, and chair of the NIV committee on Bible translation.

Both discussed archeological and textual aspects of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery.

Miller Canfield, based in Detroit, also is marking its 151st anniversary as a firm this year. The Grand Rapids office was established in 1983.

“We are proud to have made West Michigan part of Miller Canfield’s long and rich tradition of service to our clients and communities,” said Thomas W. Linn, CEO of Miller Canfield.

“We truly appreciate our longstanding relationships with organizations throughout West Michigan. This was our way of saying ‘thank you.’”

Miller Canfield’s presence in West Michigan has grown to 65 attorneys. The Grand Rapids office has 20 attorneys.

The Lansing office, which opened in 1980, has 16 attorneys, and its office in Kalamazoo, which opened in 1984 by merging with Brown, Colman & DeMent PC, has 29 attorneys.

All three offices are participating in the 20-year anniversary celebration in West Michigan.

Eight years after opening its Grand Rapids office, Miller Canfield established its presence overseas by opening an office in Gdansk, Poland.

The firm’s Polish arm now has 22 lawyers in Gdansk, Warsaw and Katowice.

Two of its staff — Richard A. Walawender and Paul A. Saydak — are Americans of Polish descent who speak Polish fluently. Three other Americans — Terrence M. Crawford, Paul Fogo and Michael H. Traison — complement the Polish practice with legal expertise in Western corporate and securities law, real estate development and financing. 

Miller Canfield says the legal staff in Poland collectively also is fluent in Russian, German, French and Spanish.

The firm also has offices in Ann Arbor, Monroe and Troy along with satellites in New York City, Pensacola, Fla., Washington, D.C., Windsor, Ontario.

The firm’s practice areas range from international business to intellectual property, and from environment and regulation to real estate and business and finance.

The 300-member firm was founded in Detroit in 1852.

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