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Biographical Profile - Paul Dimond

Paul R. Dimond is senior counsel in the Ann Arbor and Washington, D.C. offices. He practices in the areas of public law, business services and finance, venture funding and start-ups, real estate finance, and product litigation and torts.

He first joined Miller Canfield in 1990, leaving for Washington, D.C. in 1993 upon being appointed by President Clinton to serve in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director to the National Economic Council. He returned to the firm on March 1, 1997. Since 2001, he has also served as chairman of the board of a major national real estate investment and management company. In 2003 Governor Granholm appointed Mr. Dimond to her Council of Economic Advisors and named him chair of its Business Growth and Entrepreneurship Committee.

From 1981-84, Mr. Dimond served as professor of law at the American and Wayne State University Law Schools; and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School from 1985-90, and George Washington University Law School from 1976-75; as well as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School from 1977-80 and at Harvard University from 1971-72. A former executive director of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights under Law, he also founded the Ann Arbor law firm of O'Brien, Moran and Dimond.

He serves on the board of trustees of The Henry Ford, the Henry Ford Learning Institute, and the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan; Advisory Board of Southeastern Michigan Green Ways Initiative; and member of the president's Council of the National Wildlife Federation, where he is cofounder of the Wolf Pack. He is also president of the McKinley Foundation.

The author of numerous book and articles on judicial review, civil rights, federalism, education, and economic development, Mr. Dimond has also written a column in the Detroit Free Press on national economics issues, "Common Sense."

He is listed in the Corporate, M&A and Securities Law Sections of the 2005-2006, 2006 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

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