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Fred Fresard Joins Dykema In Bloomfield Hills

Accomplished Trial Lawyer Strengthens Firm's National Automotive and Product Liability Capabilities

March 28, 2011

BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Fred J. Fresard to its Automotive Industry Group as a member in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office. Prior to joining Dykema, Fresard was a partner with Bowman & Brooke LLP.

Fresard focuses his practice on product liability and other high-stakes litigation involving significant damages and complex technical issues. He has particular experience managing litigation for large automotive OEMs and suppliers and heavy equipment manufacturers in Michigan and nationwide, and has tried numerous cases across the nation against some of the country’s top trial lawyers.

"Fred's broad trial experience will add substantial depth to our already nationally-renowned Automotive team," said Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr., Dykema's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "He has earned a professional reputation as a go-to counsel for high-risk, high-profile product liability matters, and he will be instrumental as we continue to diversify our litigation capabilities in the automotive sector."

Fresard is a member of the Defense Research Institute, where he's a frequent speaker and active committee member. He is listed in The Legal 500 United States (2008-2010) and has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2010). Additionally, Fresard received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association in 2005.

He received a J.D from Notre Dame Law School and a B.A., with high honors, from Michigan State 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 Group counsels Tier 1 and other 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, NHTSA and other federal and state departments and agencies.