Dykema Gossett announced Monday that is has expanded in the Midwest by launching an office in Minneapolis, the Detroit-based Am Law 200 firm’s 12th location.

The Twin Cities outpost, which represents Dykema’s first foray into the Minnesota market, opens with two new members (the firm’s term for partner): corporate attorney Joseph Roach, who will serve as the office’s managing member and intellectual property attorney Reed Heimbecher.

“Minneapolis has, for quite some time, been a market that we thought would be a good fit if the right opportunity arose,” says Dykema chairman Peter Kellett, adding that the firm danced around the idea of opening in the city for nearly a year before finding the right fit in its two latest member additions.

Roach joins from local firm Briggs and Morgan, where he had served as a shareholder advising clients on corporate and commercial matters since 2007. Heimbecher previously worked in St. Jude Medical’s in-house legal department, where he specialized in intellectual property and patent issues in that company’s atrial fibrillation division.

Kellett says the process of having the two attorneys launch Dykema’s latest office developed over the past three to four months and without the help of legal recruiters. The firm became familiar with Roach through recommendations from colleagues who know his work, Kellett says, while Heimbecher’s former employer, St. Jude Medical, has been a Dykema litigation client for several years. 

Heimbecher noted in a statement released by Dykema that while he had worked with a variety of law firms in his in-house position, he came away impressed with both Dykema’s national reach and its approach to client service. Roach added in a statement: “As the legal industry and the needs of clients continue to evolve, I was looking for a platform with greater breadth and depth, and Dykema provides an ideal fit as a Midwest-based firm with a national presence.”

A 331-lawyer firm that ranked 147th in The American Lawyer‘s most recent Am Law 200 survey with gross revenue of $174.5 million and profits per partner of $565,000, Dykema has five offices in Michigan, as well as locations in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Lisle, Illinois, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

The firm’s announcement of the new office highlighted Minneapolis’s status as a corporate headquarters for such major companies as Target Corporation, UnitedHealth Group, 3M, and General Mills. The medical device industry is among those Dykema is targeting in the area, with St. Jude Medical among the local clients expected to benefit from the new office, Kellett says. He adds that the firm’s banking, energy, and health care practices are all likely to expand their client services, and potentially add new clients, as a result of Minneapolis opening.

“We’ve started to engage with clients now that we’re open [in Minneapolis]. . . . We see that as an area that’s going to be fruitful for us,” Kellett says.

The new office will be located in Minneapolis’s Wells Fargo Center and the firm envisions keeping the space well stocked, with “several” lawyers—mainly in the intellectual property, litigation, and corporate practice areas—likely to be added in the near future, according to Kellett. While hesitant to place even a ballpark guess on how quickly the office will grow, he tells The Am Law Daily that Dykeman has already heard from local attorneys expressing interest in joining Roach and Heimbecher in the newly opened office.

“We have taken on sufficient space with opportunity to grow within the space to accommodate some fairly rapid first year office growth,” Kellett says.

While Dykema does not currently have plans to launch new offices in any other parts of the country, Kellett says the firm will now focus on expanding its current locations, especially some of those that have opened in recent years. Kellett specifically mentioned the 20-lawyer Dallas outpost that launched in 2007, as one that is ripe for growth.

The last office Dykema opened was its Charlotte location, which launched in 2011 with the lateral hire of former Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice financial services regulatory attorney Donald Lampe.