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Dykema Members Speak At Women's Business Conference

September 27, 2010

Bloomfield Hills

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announces that two of its Members will be participating in the WBEC 10th Annual Great Lakes Women's Business Conference being held at the Motor City Casino-Hotel October 11-13, 2010. Marilyn A. Peters and Lisa A. Brown will be leading a workshop entitled, "Effective Negotiation Techniques for Women - How to Keep your Cool and Obtain Results." This workshop is intended to demonstrate, through role playing and then questions and answers afterwards, how to handle negotiations, avoid the traps of letting the other party control the process, and deal with some common problems, including difficult adversaries, all without losing your cool and working to obtain your goals.

Women's Business Enterprise Council - Great Lakes is an initiative of the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED), which is committed to empowering women and minorities economically through business development training, supplier certification, business-to-business networking and accessible capital assistance programs. They provide effective business tools and remove barriers that hinder development of successful and sustainable businesses.

Marilyn Peters, Managing Member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, is one of the leaders of the firm in complex commercial litigation, including various business, financial institution and supplier disputes. Ms. Peters has worked on putative class action in the consumer protection and financial areas, in federal and state courts both in Michigan and other states, and has handled all aspects of such litigation, including review of contract rights, negotiations, preliminary injunction hearings, and trials. She has done complex commercial litigation for some of the firm's largest banking clients, has represented mortgage brokers and investment advisors in putative class actions, and has represented other clients, including General Motors Corporation, in numerous supplier and contract issues. In addition, she has been involved in a wide variety of other commercial litigation, including those arising from the sale, acquisition and merger of entities, consumer lending, consumer goods, environmental and construction litigation.

Lisa Brown is a Dykema commercial litigator with a diverse practice. Ms. Brown handles contract and business disputes with national implications as well as litigation involving purely private disputes and issues. In addition to UCC, commercial and contract work, clients seek her legal representation on recall and warranty cost-recovery matters, automotive supplier disputes, patent infringement cases, real estate, shareholder and other business litigation and class actions. Ms. Brown has handled complex litigation in state and federal courts, participating as trial counsel, and representing clients before alternative dispute resolution forums throughout the country. She serves as a leader of the Dykema Women's Business Initiative and is actively involved in women's networking opportunities and in Dykema's continued commitment to diversity.