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Schiff Hardin LLP Adds Nationally Recognized Antitrust And Sports Law Attorneys

– Four partners will form the nucleus of a new Schiff Hardin office in Ann Arbor, Mich. –

January 17, 2012

Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a distinguished group of nationally recognized antitrust and sports law attorneys, comprising four partners who will reside in a new Schiff Hardin office in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gregory L. Curtner is leading Schiff Hardin’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice firm-wide and will work from both the Ann Arbor and New York offices. Frederick R. Juckniess, Kimberly K. Kefalas and Robert J. Wierenga also joined Schiff Hardin as partners in the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group, and will work in the Ann Arbor office. Each new partner also will be integral to Schiff Hardin’s sports law practice. All four were principals at Miller Canfield in Ann Arbor before joining Schiff Hardin.

"We are very excited about the exceptional talents Greg, Bob, Kimberly, and Rick are bringing to our firm,” said Ronald S. Safer, Managing Partner of Schiff Hardin. “Our coast-to-coast offices and our national and international clients will greatly benefit from their leading-edge counsel, and our accompanying new office in Ann Arbor expands our Midwest presence as an emerging national law firm,” added Safer.

"Schiff Hardin has a long tradition of leadership in antitrust, sports, and related practices, and these outstanding attorneys start a new and dynamic era for us in this area; Greg leads a group of exceptional trial lawyers,” added Robert H. Riley, Schiff Hardin’s chairman. “We also believe in the future of Ann Arbor as an important technology and business center and we look forward to being a part of it.”

“Schiff Hardin is a great firm. In order to take our practice to the next level and best serve our clients, I, along with my Ann Arbor colleagues who are accompanying me in this transition, feel that this is where we need to be. There are superb synergies between our practice and Schiff Hardin's firm-wide capabilities," said Mr. Curtner.

About Gregory L. Curtner
A trial attorney of national repute, Mr. Curtner concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation involving matters of antitrust, sports; corporate contracts, transactions and business torts; securities law and allegations of fraud and conversion; intellectual property and patent infringement; and media law, invasion of privacy and defamation. His clients range from commercial businesses, manufacturers, and financial services firms to athletic organizations and academic institutions, as well as individuals. In the course of representing athletic equipment manufacturers, sports associations and academic athletics programs, Mr. Curtner has cultivated a particular area of knowledge in sports law. Additionally, he frequently serves as lead counsel in nationwide antitrust disputes and class actions, and has appeared pro hac vice in numerous state and federal courts. A former chairman of the Antitrust Section of the State Bar of Michigan, he was a primary drafter of the Michigan Antitrust Reform Act.

Mr. Curtner graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1970) and the University of Michigan (B.B.A., 1967).

About Frederick R. Juckniess
Mr. Juckniess focuses his practice on antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property, and litigation and dispute resolution. His recent cases include defense of associations, tying claims, antitrust injury issues and group boycott. Mr. Juckniess also regularly provides antitrust consulting in connection with business practices, marketing including pricing (MAP/MSRP), joint ventures, and mergers in a broad span of industries. Additionally, he consults on matters concerning intellectual property relating to patents, trademarks and trade secrets.

Mr. Juckniess graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1995) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., Economics, with distinction, 1992).

About Kimberly K. Kefalas
Ms. Kefalas has extensive litigation experience relating to antitrust law, contracts and commercial torts, voluntary associations, and the sports and entertainment industries. Her practice is focused on complex commercial cases and class action litigation, primarily antitrust.

Ms. Kefalas graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2002) and the University of Michigan – Dearborn (B.A., 1999).

About Robert J. Wierenga
Mr. Wierenga’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust litigation and class action defense. He has a wide range of experience in counseling large and small clients on antitrust, intellectual property, and fair trade issues arising under federal, state and foreign law. He has represented clients in antitrust cases, consumer class actions and other complex disputes in courts around the country, and has assisted clients who have been contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Canadian Competition Bureau and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. He also regularly counsels clients involved in litigation or arbitration arising out of complex commercial contracts or partnership agreements.

Mr. Wierenga graduated from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1995) and the University of Michigan (B.A., 1991).

About Schiff Hardin/Ann Arbor
Schiff Hardin’s Ann Arbor office contact information is as follows:

350 S. Main St., Suite 210
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Phone: 734.222.1500
Fax: 734.222.1501

About Schiff Hardin
Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world. We have offices located in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Lake Forest, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. Our attorneys are strong advocates and trusted advisers — roles that contribute to many lasting client relationships.