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Investigators have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for a car bombing that injured a lawyer and his two sons in Michigan. Authorities were searching for suspects and a motive in the Sept. 20 attack. “We’re still trying to put the device together out of the many, many pieces we’ve found,” federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Donald Dawkins told the Toledo Blade, referring to the car bomb. Attorney Erik Chappell, 42, was driving in Monroe, Mich., when a bomb exploded in his Volvo. Chappell’s two sons, aged 10 and 13, were in the car. All three were injured. Chappell was discharged from the hospital the day after the incident. His two sons remained there but were expected to recover. Investigators have said they were following numerous leads, but declined to say whether they were targeting any of Chappell’s clients. His firm, Lyden, Liebenthal & Chappell, is based in Sylvania, Ohio, and maintains an office in Monroe. Chappell specializes in business litigation but also takes family law cases, according to press reports. Family law is widely considered to present more safety risks for attorneys than other practices, due to the emotional nature of family conflicts and that fact that many family law practitioners work as solos or in small offices with minimal security. At least five family law attorneys in the United States have been killed or violently attacked by clients’ ex-spouses since February 2010. Karen Sloan can be contacted at [email protected].

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