Law firm expanding into Detroit


A Grand Rapids-based law firm is extending its reach into downtown Detroit.

Warner Norcross + Judd and Olympia Development of Michigan announced today a new class-A office in The District Detroit, at 2715 Woodward Ave.

The office will be located between Little Caesars Arena and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.

"This agreement represents our commitment to the city of Detroit and our desire to be part of its exciting resurgence," said Linda Paullin-Hebden, executive partner of the firm's Southfield office.

"Whereas other large Michigan law firms have looked to expand outside of the state, Warner has consistently doubled down on Michigan by establishing eight regional offices in key geographies. As a result, Warner will be the only major law firm to have offices in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties."

The law firm will be the only occupant on the third floor of the five-story, mixed-used building, which will total 127,000 square feet and feature 17,000 square feet of street-level retail.

The 30,000-square-foot office space will house 55 attorneys working in a variety of practices: automotive, media, labor and employment, energy and environment, family law, financial services, health law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate and more.

The firm’s managing partner, Douglas Dozeman in Grand Rapids, said: “Warner is a Michigan firm, so opening an office in Detroit is the right next step for us. We are delighted to have secured a signature location in District Detroit that will allow us to better serve our clients in this key market. We are committed to investing in Michigan and proud to have a part in the exciting re-birth of the city.”

Warner has 230 attorneys across the state who represent more than 7,000 companies.

“Warner Norcross + Judd’s planned expansion is just one example of how The District Detroit is attracting world-class companies and professional services to the city of Detroit,” said Travis Arbogast, VP of development, Olympia Development of Michigan. “We look forward to their presence in Detroit, along with other companies that are eager to bring jobs and spur economic growth in our community.”

The Detroit Medical Center will lease part of the building to operate its Sports Medicine Institute.

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