Former Mich. AG joins law firm

Jessica M. Karmasek Jan. 12, 2011, 12:10pm


DETROIT (Legal Newsline) - Former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is joining the litigation department of law firm Dykema's Detroit office.

Dykema, which serves start-up businesses and Fortune 1000 companies worldwide, made the announcement Tuesday.

"Mike has a track record of producing record-setting results and a wealth of knowledge in groundbreaking state and national regulatory matters," Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr., Dykema's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"We are very pleased to welcome Mike to Dykema and are confident that he will be an invaluable resource for our clients navigating today's fast-changing and compliance-driven state and federal regulatory environments."

The firm said Cox brings "a broad range of health care experience."

Among his successes as attorney general, the firm pointed out, include fighting to maintain competition in the individual health insurance market and contending with the "myriad issues" surrounding the conversion of the non-profit hospital system Detroit Medical Center into a for-profit structure with Vanguard Healthcare -- at $1.5 billion, the largest such conversion yet in the nation.

At Dykema, Cox will focus his practice on health care fraud compliance and white collar defense issues, where he will advise clients on navigating the complexities and risks of government investigations, the firm said.

On the health care front, he will help clients develop strategies in response to increased compliance and tougher anti-fraud policies, as well as responding to inquiries from the Office of the Health Services Inspector General, the firm said.

Cox, Dykema said, also will provide counsel on high-stakes government and regulatory matters such as product safety in addition to counseling clients on commercial litigation, securities litigation, antitrust cases, energy and utility regulation, climate change, and gaming matters.

"Dykema is the most forward-thinking law firm in the state," Cox said in a statement.

"While other firms have been losing ground in the Michigan economy over the past few years, Dykema has been expanding its footprint on the state and national legal stage.

"I believe the work I've done for the people of Michigan as Attorney General dovetails well with the work I'll be doing at Dykema for clients who need to understand many new state and federal regulations. I'm excited to be a part of Dykema's talented team of lawyers."

Before earning an undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Michigan, Cox served as a Marine for three years.

Prior to his election as attorney general, Cox served in the Oakland and Wayne County prosecutors offices.

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