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Groundbreaking Marks Growth for Local Law Firm

September 14, 2006

Michigan’s largest law firm today broke ground on The Miller Canfield Building – Greenleaf Holdings’ new office building set to open in January 2008 at the former Park Building location at Rose and South streets in Kalamazoo. Miller Canfield – which currently employs 36 lawyers and 35 staff members in its Kalamazoo office – will occupy nearly 30,000 square feet on the top two floors, with options for additional space. Moving to new space will allow the firm to expand in the Kalamazoo market as part of its overall strategic vision.

Local dignitaries and business leaders, including representatives from the design and construction companies involved in the building project, joined Miller Canfield and Greenleaf Holdings at the future site of The Miller Canfield Building – the first Class A Office Building in downtown Kalamazoo, a benchmark in the real estate industry as the highest quality office space and build.

“The move to new and larger office space reflects the significant growth that Miller Canfield has experienced in recent years. When Brown, Colman & DeMent merged with Miller Canfield in 1984, the firm had 18 lawyers.”

“Today we move at a pace unimaginable when the firm was founded over 150 years ago,” said Thomas W. Linn, CEO of Miller Canfield. “This new building will offer state-of-the-art working facilities and permit us to provide services to clients around the block or anywhere in the world.”

Eric V. (Ric) Brown, Jr., stressed that the new building represents a commitment by Miller Canfield to the Kalamazoo area. “Kalamazoo and the surrounding communities have helped us attract the high-caliber people and clients that are responsible for our growth and success as a company, and we are grateful for that. We are proud to be a part of Kalamazoo’s economic growth and changing landscape.”

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.