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Miller Canfield Attorney Elected to Municipal Advisory Council Board of Trustees

February 2, 2005

The law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. announces that Joel L. Piell, a principal in the Detroit office, was elected to one of two new seats on the board of trustees of the Municipal Advisory Council of Michigan (MAC), an information and service organization for an association of businesses involved in the municipal bond industry. He will serve a three-year term.

The MAC gathers, retains, and reports information about Michigan municipal bonds as a service to its members. The board of trustees includes bank, securities firm and law firm representatives, as well as bond buyers.

Piell, a resident of West Bloomfield, Michigan, brings more than 35 years of experience in municipal finance and bond law to the board. He is a frequent panelist at various governmental association forums such as the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association. At Miller Canfield, he practices public law, including municipal finance and bond law, municipal law, and public authority finance law.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve this fine organization," said Piell. "I look forward to working with the staff and members of MAC."

He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, National Association of Bond Attorneys, fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, Governmental Finance Officers’ Association, Municipal Treasurers’ Association, National Association of Municipal Lawyers, Bond Club of Detroit, serves on the Legislative Committee of the Michigan Municipal Finance Officers’ Association, is a member of the President's Advisory Council of Walsh College.

Piell received his law degree from Northwestern University and his B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Illinois.

The 340-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, and Troy, Michigan. Other offices are located in New York City, Pensacola, Florida, Washington, D.C., Windsor, Ontario, and in Gdynia, Katowice, and Warsaw, Poland.

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