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Malone Joins Dykema's Litigation Department In Detroit

Automotive and Products Liability Attorney Brings Extensive Asian Law Experience

February 1, 2010

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Daniel P. Malone to its Litigation Department as Of Counsel in the firm's Detroit office. He joins Dykema from Butzel Long where he was Director of Korean Client Relations and served as the first Director of their Global Automotive Practice.

"We have seen an influx of Asian companies looking to acquire assets and become a player in the U.S." said Rex Schlaybaugh, Dykema's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Dan's knowledge of international law issues, coupled with extensive experience in dealing with the legal matters facing companies doing business around the world, will increase our ability to service inbound Asian companies as they look to expand their U.S. capabilities, and vice versa."

For almost thirty years, Malone has focused his practice on civil litigation, particularly product liability, and automotive government compliance. His litigation experience also includes global defense efforts, having served as a National Coordinating Counsel to Bridgestone/Firestone where he helped strategize, coordinate, and lead Firestone's overall defense efforts in the Ford Explorer/Firestone Wilderness AT controversy. He has defended other automotive component manufacturers in product liability actions as well.

Additionally, Malone actively counsels foreign and domestic suppliers in the automotive industry on various federal compliance matters, including recalls, FMVSS compliance, and global technical regulations. He has counseled numerous domestic and foreign-based clients on the TREAD Act and helped key personnel of various automotive companies prepare and respond to reporting requirements.

Malone has traveled extensively to South Korea, Japan, and China in the representation of clients with business interests in both Michigan and Asia.

Malone previously served as President of the 700-member Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a member in the Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, and American Bar Associations. He serves on the Life Member Committee for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference.

A frequent author and speaker, Malone is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. He received a J.D. from the University of Detroit Law School and a A.B. from Cornell University.

Dykema has one of the most extensive automotive legal practices in the United States, regularly representing automotive companies headquartered throughout the world. Its Automotive Industry Team counsels suppliers and OEMs in multi-million-dollar mergers and acquisitions, in a broad array of automobile product liability, commercial and supply chain management litigation, in class action litigation in the most challenging jurisdictions, and before the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal and state departments and agencies.

Dykema's Litigation Department includes attorneys with substantial experience representing clients as national, regional and state counsel for some of the largest corporations in the world. Attorneys counsel clients in connection with any number of disputes, including commercial and business issues, contracts, warranties and Uniform Commercial Code issues, securities, real estate and products liability. For more information on Dykema's Litigation Department, please visit