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Miller Canfield Publishes History Book

June 17, 2002

The law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., in celebration of its 150th anniversary year, has published Miller Canfield at 150: An Informal History.

"As Michigan oldest law firm, it seemed fitting to produce a firm history in book form for clients and staff" said Thomas W. Linn, Miller Canfield's CEO. "The book traces the firm's history from the day our founder, Sidney Davy Miller, 22 years old and straight out of Harvard Law School, began his law practice on Detroit's Jefferson Avenue in 1852" he said.

The changes that have taken place in the practice of law during this period are unparalleled. Yet, according to Mr. Linn, the guiding principles of the founder continue today. "Regardless of how much Miller Canfield has changed in 150 years, our values have remained constant. I personally feel a strong responsibility to clients and to our attorneys and staff to continue the traditions that have made us a great law firm and to continually make the changes necessary to succeed in the future" he stated.

Written by award-winning author and historian, James E. Tobin, Jr., "the book is an effort to preserve and celebrate the highlights in the history of Michigan's oldest law firm in its sesquicentennial year" said Barbara L. Silkworth, Miller Canfield's marketing director, who assisted in bringing the idea to life.

The firm recently launched an ad campaign highlighting milestones in its 150 years, and will celebrate throughout 2002 with client receptions in the firm's various offices and numerous internal activities for employees.

The 300-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, Pensacola, Florida, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and in Gdynia, Katowice, and Warsaw, Poland. The internet address is