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October 2, 2002Press Release

Crain’s Names Michael Best & Friedrich LLC One Of Chicago’s Fastest Growing Law Firms

Chicago, IL - According to new data compiled by Crain's Chicago Business, Michael Best & Friedrich LLC, posted the second largest increase in legal staff over the last year?positioning the firm's Chicago office as one of the city's fastest growing law firms.

Of the thirty-five firms on Crain's annual list, published on September 30, 2002, eighteen Chicago law firms increased their legal staff over the last year. Michael Best & Friedrich showed an increase of 11 percent, just slightly behind Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP which posted as increase of 12.2 percent.

"This shows our commitment to growth in the Chicago market," said Lewis B. Greenblatt, the Managing Partner of the firm's Chicago office. "Our goal is to become one of the premier business law firms in town."

Crain's ranks the top Chicago law firms by number of attorneys as of Aug. 1, 2002. Each listing includes figures for Chicago office staff, U.S. staff totals and Chicago partners' specialties.

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