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CHICAGO � Dykema Gossett will open its fourth major metropolitan office outside Michigan in Dallas, furthering the law firm’s plan to keep building its national practice beyond its Detroit roots. The office will open there with the addition of seven attorneys from Godwin Pappas Ronquillo led by Darrell E. Jordan, a litigator who has unsuccessfully run twice to be mayor of Dallas and a past president of the Dallas Bar Association. The firm is counting on Jordan to expand the new office to 50 lawyers in a variety of practice areas within two years, said Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr., the firm’s chairman and chief executive. Jordan will bring a litigation team of four partners and three associates from Godwin Pappas to open the office, including Monte M. Bond, Robert D. Ramage and David L. Patterson. Jordan, a Republican, this year spent about $600,000 in his bid for the mayoral office and finished fourth. He said he doesn’t have any additional political ambitions at this time. Jordan, who has worked mainly with financial clients, is particularly excited about working with the existing Dykema client Comerica Bank, which is based in Detroit. The firm’s new office will be in the Comerica Bank Tower in downtown Dallas. The firm targeted Dallas for its size and the strength of its economy, and also had considered Phoenix, Schlaybaugh said. He said he expects the firm to build its strength in Dallas on intellectual property litigation and consumer finance litigation. “Clearly, the financial services industry is a very strong industry in Dallas,” Schlaybaugh said. “There’s a lot of our clients that have operations there.” Dykema, which has about 380 attorneys, currently has offices in Chicago, Los Angles, Washington, and Detroit. The firm also has offices in four smaller Michigan cities and two smaller Illinois cities.

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