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Murphy Joins Dykema In Washington, D.C.

February 12, 2009

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Robert B. Murphy, Sr. to its Corporate Finance practice as Of Counsel resident in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

At Dykema, Murphy will counsel clients on a range of corporate and securities law issues including private and public securities offerings (IPOs, repeat and secondary offerings), mergers and acquisitions, exchange tender offers, proxy contests, asset and stock purchases, venture capital financings and other commercial transactions. He also advises public companies on disclosure and corporate governance issues, shareholder relations and United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and stock exchange compliance and listing matters.

"A highly respected attorney in public company and SEC matters in the Washington, DC region, Bob brings tremendous knowledge and energy to Dykema," said Rex Schlaybaugh, Dykema’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The addition of a lawyer with his corporate and SEC experience, particularly in today’s economic environment, underscores the firm’s commitment to expand our capabilities in this area."

"Bob’s combination of regulatory agency and corporate experience will greatly enhance the services that we offer our clients and will play an important role in the continued growth and expansion of Dykema's capabilities in the Nation's capital," said Rod Marvin, managing member of the Washington, DC office. "We welcome him to the Washington office."

Murphy joins Dykema from Pepper Hamilton LLP where he served as a partner in the Corporate and Securities practice and anchored its SEC practice from the Washington office. His clients have included companies in the information technology, life sciences, telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, mining and retail industries. Murphy began his legal career at the SEC, where he was an attorney-adviser in the Division of Corporation Finance.

A frequent author and lecturer, Murphy is co-chairman of the BIO IT Coalition, a not-for-profit organization for the advancement of information technology as an integral discipline in life science research, diagnostics and therapeutic discoveries.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason School of Law.

Murphy earned an LL.M. in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, an M.B.A from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from University of Notre Dame.

Dykema’s Business Services Department attorneys provide general business advice and corporate legal services to both domestic and foreign entities that are privately and publicly owned. Attorneys counsel clients in a wide range of matters including corporate finance, bankruptcy, health care and intellectual property.

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