Longtime Detroit attorneys launch own firm

Patrick F. Hickey, Mark E. Hauck, Thomas S. Bishoff and Benjamin W. Jeffers have seen a lot of Detroit over the years. The four attorneys have more than 100 years of practicing law between them, all of it spent downtown. And now they're launching their own law firm, Hickey Hauck Bishoff & Jeffers.

"The two words I use to describe this are exciting and energizing," says Hickey.

Hickey and his partners like to draw a parallel between the birth of their new law practice and the rebirth of downtown Detroit as a vibrant city center. They have seen downtown Detroit have starts, and stops, and pauses over the last few decades. This time they believe it's the real thing, and want to be a part of it.

"We've found a lot of clients share our enthusiasm," Jeffers says.

The four co-founders of Hickey Hauck Bishoff & Jeffers previously served as members of Dykema law firm, one of Michigan's oldest law practices. They're now launching their own firm to focus on business law and employment litigation. It has expertise in a wide variety of areas ranging from automotive counseling and litigation to privately owned business disputes to non-compete counseling and litigation.

Hickey Hauck Bishoff & Jeffers is located at One Woodward Avenue. A team of seven people currently work from that office -- which is big enough to house nine attorneys and five support staff --  and the firm expects to add more.

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Jon Zemke is a news editor with Model D and its sister publications, Metromode and Concentrate. He's also a small-scale real-estate developer and landlord in the greater downtown Detroit area.