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Harold Decker Appointed Co-Chair of Biotech Subcommittee of American Bar Association, Speaks at Biotech Institute

September 29, 2006

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. announces that Harold J. Decker, a principal in the firm’s Kalamazoo, Mich. office, has been appointed co-chair of the Biotech Sub-Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee.

Decker will be a programming chair for the Sub-Committee’s annual Biotech Institute and Regional CLE Workshop in Cambridge, Mass., and will be a panel member at the seminar on October 18th speaking to attorneys about managing crises such as voluntary recalls, and Congressional and SEC investigations.

Decker has counseled and managed a wide range of legal issues for Fortune 250 companies. His experience extends to risk assessment, crisis management and crisis communications, plus an array of complex issues concerning purchase and supply, marketing, manufacturing, testing and regulation, and litigation and dispute resolution, not only in the United States, but also in Brazil, Canada, continental Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

At Miller Canfield, he advises directors and in-house counsel at publicly held companies, government agencies engaging in corporate transactions, and nonprofit organizations including hospitals, colleges, universities and health plans.

Prior to joining Miller Canfield in September 2003, he served as an independent consultant to Stryker Corporation, the Pharmaceutical Education Research Institute, and Microsoft Corporation. From February 2001 to August 2003, he held numerous positions with The American National Red Cross, Washington, D.C., including interim CEO and president. Additionally, he was associate general counsel and vice president of Corporate Litigation and Product Stewardship with Pharmacia Corporation of Peapack, New Jersey from 1992-2001. He first joined Pharmacia in 1980, holding numerous positions throughout his tenure.

The 350-attorney law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. was established in Detroit in 1852 and has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Howell, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, Saginaw, and Troy, Michigan. Other offices are located in New York City, Naples and Pensacola, Florida, Windsor, Ontario, and in Gdynia, Warsaw, and Wroclaw, Poland.