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Dykema Chairman Named to Board of Trustees of New Detroit

May 3, 2012

DETROIT—Dykema announced today that its Chairman and CEO, Peter M. Kellett, has been named to the board of trustees of New Detroit, a coalition of leaders from Detroit’s business, civic, grassroots and religious communities, united to promote improved race relations through economic, educational and social initiatives.

Shirley R. Stancato, President and CEO of New Detroit, Inc., said, “We’re pleased to welcome Peter to our board. His record of community involvement and proven leadership adds immense value to our organization. His joining our board has special significance to us because his uncle, Mayor Jerome Cavanagh, was a co-founder of New Detroit 45 years ago. ”

Kellett adds, “Few organizations can match what New Detroit has accomplished in its 45 years. Through a variety of programs that range from youth development and educational improvement, to initiatives that advance racial justice and cultural collaboration, New Detroit promotes economic equity and helps build the capacity of community organizations. I look forward to helping New Detroit continue its extraordinary work.”

Kellett, resident in Dykema’s Detroit office, began his three-year term as the firm’s Chairman and CEO in January, 2012. Prior to this appointment, he chaired the firm’s Litigation Department and for many years served as trial counsel for some of the nation’s largest corporations. He has tried to verdict consumer class actions, numerous product liability cases involving catastrophic injury or death, and many business disputes. Kellett is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a Sustaining Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.