UppersFriendly, supportive atmosphere
Challenging work, with lots of responsibility from the outset
Offices are "some of the nicest in Detroit"
DownersSalaries could be higher
Sometimes long hours
ABOUT THIS COMPANY:One of the largest
With five offices across the state, Dickinson Wright was recently ranked the third-largest law firm in Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The firm's headquarters have been located in Detroit since the firm was founded in 1878. Connections to the city are strong -- the firm's chairman, Dennis Archer, served as Detroit's mayor for most of the 1990s. Long-term clients include Metropolitan Life Insurance, AT&T and Chrysler, which has been associated with Dickinson since the 1920s. Decades-long relationships are not unusual for this firm, as the old-school industries represented on its client list show: automotive suppliers, railroads and financial services firms. However, the firm is not just clinging to the industries that have served it well in the past. Several new practice groups have been formed, targeting cutting-edge industries. In 2005, for example, Dickinson Wright announced the formation of a biotechnology practice group headquartered in Ann Arbor.
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