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Michael Hammer

When Michael Hammer takes the reins as CEO of Dickinson Wright in January, one part of the job will be familiar territory: Recruiting lateral hires and opening new offices.

Hammer has served for the past decade as the Detroit-based Am Law 200 firm’s deputy CEO, a role in which he oversaw the firm’s expansion out of the Wolverine State by hiring some 250 lawyers and opening roughly a dozen offices. For nine of those years, Hammer served under the firm’s outgoing CEO, William Burgess, who will complete his third three-year term at year’s end.

In the past five years, Dickinson Wright has been one of the fastest-growing firms in the Am Law Second Hundred. It has more than doubled its gross revenue since fiscal 2010 and jumped 20 spots in the Am Law 200 list in the past two years alone, slotting in at No. 131 in 2017 with gross revenue of nearly $221 million. With 440 lawyers, Dickinson Wright had $522,000 in profits per equity partner, with revenue per lawyer coming in at $502,000 last year.

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