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Friday, December 23, 2011


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Dykema Appoints Local Attorneys to Leadership Posts


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Dykema Gossett PLLC yesterday announced that the appointment of five Los Angeles office attorneys to firm-wide leadership positions.

Daniel J. Stephenson was selected as the new director of the firmís litigation department, while Michael P. Wippler was chosen as the managing member of Dykemaís Los Angeles office and Derek S. Whitefield was elected to the firmís seven-member Executive Board.

Tamara A. Bush was also appointed to the firmís 10-member Pro Bono Committee and S. Christopher ďKitĒ Winter joined the firmís Diversity Committee.

Dykema CEO Peter Kellett remarked that these attorneys ďare key contributors to the success of the firm,Ē and that he has ďevery confidence in their ability to make important contributions.Ē

Stephenson was most recently a member of the firmís Executive Board and was also the Managing Member for the Los Angeles office.

In his new position, Stephenson will have responsibility for more than 170 litigators practicing in areas including Business and Commercial Litigation, Automotive & Product Liability, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device, Financial Services, Employment and Class Action Defense, a firm spokesperson said.

He is a graduate of UCLA and attended law school at University of Michigan. Stephenson was licensed to practice in California last year.

Wippler, as Managing Member, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles office, the spokesperson said.

He attended UCSD and law school at UC Hastings before joining the State Bar in 1991.

Whitefield, in his new post, is being tasked with helping to guide the long-range strategic planning, policy and direction of the firm, and help oversee the firmís economic performance, a Dykema spokesperson said.

The attorney was previously Practice Group Leader of the firmís Automotive & Product Liability Litigation practice. 

He graduated from Michigan State University before attending law school at Wayne State University. Whitefield joined the California State Bar in 1993.

Bush is joining the committee responsible for establishing and interpreting pro bono policies and procedures and administering the firmís pro bono activities, including providing legal assistance for childrenís issues, immigrants, not-for-profitís, and prisonerís rights.

She is a graduate of UCSC and USCís law school, and she was admitted to practice in 1998.

Winter will be one of 12 members who have  responsibility for the coordination of the firmís diversity efforts including the development, implementation and monitoring of programs and activities which enhance and eliminate barriers to diversity, the spokesperson said.

He is a graduate of Yale University and UCLAís law school. Winter was admitted to practice in 1997.


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