Clark Hill adds a dozen attorneys in downtown Detroit

Go to the Clark Hill website, click on the "About" tab, and the first thing that appears is an option called “Our DNA” that details the law firm’s core values.

They are summarized in a few bullet points, such as "Count on More," which describes the firm’s attitude toward embracing change, and "Don't Call Me Mr./Ms.," which details the practice’s open door mentality. Those bullet points are the key to the firm's growth, which includes the recent addition of a dozen new attorneys in downtown Detroit.

"Our secret sauce is we -- as a team -- built a strategic plan around our DNA," says Don Lee, chief marketing officer for Clark Hill.

Clark Hill's addition of 12 employees to its Detroit office marks an 11 percent increase in the firm's downtown workforce in just one year. It now employs 120 people in downtown Detroit. The firm's total number of employees has grown from 100 a decade ago to 300 today.

"We're striving to be a great place to work," Lee says. "We want to be a great place to work for everyone, not just lawyers."

Clark Hill got its start in 1890 and made its name serving the manufacturing sector in Michigan. Its oldest customer, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, has been with the law firm for more than a century. Today the law firm has 12 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia.

Source: Don Lee, chief marketing officer for Clark Hill
Writer: Jon Zemke

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