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Attorney's Book Cited for Special Mentions

June 19, 2001

Stephen J. Ott, an attorney in the Troy office of the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. joined a distinguished team of corporate general counsel and senior partners of major law firms to produce a four-volume treatise providing practical advice and successful strategies on virtually every aspect of the relationship between corporate counsel and their law firm partners. Published jointly by the American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA) and West Group Publishing, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel contains 80 chapters, each co-authored by a team of top corporate lawyers and outside counsel.

Mr. Ott partnered with William J. O'Brien, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DaimlerChrysler Corporation, and Kenneth I. Gluckman, Vice President and Associate General Counsel (then Assistant General Counsel-Product Liability of DaimlerChrysler Corporation) to co-author a chapter on "Discovery and Information Gathering." Miller Canfield and DaimlerChrysler Corporation have worked together for over six years on the development of effective discovery practices.

Reviews of the book have been very favorable, and the New York State Bar Journal has singled out the chapter for special mention. James C. Moore, reviewer for the New York State Bar Journal said "Addressing a subject that frequently provokes hand-wringing and cries of dismay from corporate counsel as well as occasional laments from the bench and media authors William J. O'Brien, Kenneth I. Gluckman and Stephen J. Ott have prepared an informative, practical and useful essay entitled "Discovery and Information Gathering." The authors contend that an important first step in managing this process is to understand that the goals of all discovery are essentially the same: to provide accurate information in a timely manner, to establish reasonable boundaries for the discovery process, to protect proprietary information, and to achieve these objectives in a cost-effective manner."

Mr. Ott, deputy leader of the Product Litigation and Torts Group and leader of the firm's DaimlerChrysler Corporation Team stated "We had two goals we wanted to accomplish in this chapter showing the importance of the discovery process to the overall management of the case, and demonstrating various strategies that inside and outside counsel can use to work together to successfully manage the discovery process in a number of different types of cases. The feedback we have received has been gratifying, and tells me we were able to accomplish the goals we set out for ourselves."

Mr. Ott resides in Northville, Michigan.

The 260-attorney law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., established in Detroit, Michigan in 1852, has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Howell, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, Troy, Washington, D.C., New York City, and in Gdynia, Katowice, and Warsaw, Poland; with an affiliated office in Pensacola, Florida. The internet address is