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General Defense
535 Griswold, Suite 1400
Detroit, Michigan 48226Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 313-961-7321
Fax: 313-961-5972
E-Mail: bks@blakekirchner.com
www.blakekirchner.com
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About Us
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1990

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Law
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employer Liability
  • Automobile Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Contract Disputes
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
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About Us
Blake, Kirchner, Symonds, Larson, Kennedy & Smith, P.C., is a mid-sized law firm located in Detroit, Michigan. Our lawyers offer professional legal services in several important areas of law including litigation and workers compensation defense. The firm represents clients throughout south east Michigan and the state of MI and also acts as local counsel for clients outside of the state of Michigan.

Blake, Kirchner, Symonds, Larson, Kennedy & Smith, P.C., is committed to providing all of its clients, whether individuals, businesses, insurers, or major corporations, with innovative and dynamic legal representation. The firm's mission is to provide top-quality legal services that meet our clients' particular needs, without forcing our clients to incur unreasonably high legal fees. The litigation and business attorneys at Blake, Kirchner, Symonds, Larson, Kennedy & Smith, P.C., strive to command and use a broad understanding of all of the factors that impact our clients' legal situation to provide our clients with the best professional legal services possible.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Bituminous Insurance CompaniesCCMSI
ChartisChubb Group of Insurance Companies
Electric Mutual Liability Insurance CompanyFireman's Fund Insurance Company
FirstComp Insurance CompanyGallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
The HartfordLiberty Mutual Insurance Company
ProAssurance GroupRisk Enterprise Management, Ltd.
Non-Insurance Clients
Ascension HealthCooper Industries, Inc.
Dana Companies, LLCDetroit Edison Company
General Electric CompanyRepublic Waste Services, Inc.
St. John Hospital and Medical CenterSanit-Air
SmithGroup Companies, Inc.Standard Electric Company
Waste Management, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
F. Peter Blake
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1984
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Macomb County and Detroit Bar Associations
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Product Liability Committee)
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • John Carroll University, B.S., 1970
  • University of Detroit, M.B.A., 1973
  • Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1976
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi
Born:1948
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Arthur G. Kirchner III
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1976
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan (Workers' Compensation Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Wayne State University, B.A., 1970
  • Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1976
Born:1947
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Kevin T. Kennedy
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Memberships:
  • American and Oakland County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan (Negligence Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Western Michigan University, B.B.A., 1984
  • Detroit College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1987
Born:1962
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Richard P. Smith
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Additional Biographical Details:
Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan
Memberships:
  • American, Macomb County and Detroit Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Wayne State University, B.A. (with distinction), 1981
  • Detroit College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1984
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi
Born:1959
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David B. Klein
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1990
Memberships:
  • American and Detroit Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan (Environmental Law Section)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.A. (with distinction), 1987
  • University of Detroit, J.D., 1990
Born:1964
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John A. O'Brien
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1989
Memberships:
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Michigan Self-Insurer's Association
Education:
  • University of Detroit, J.D., 1989
Born:1964
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Rebecca S. Austin
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
Education:
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn, A.B. (with distinction), 1992
  • Wayne State University, J.D., 1995
Born:1969
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Associates
Karen M. Melcher
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2001
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1998
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 2001
Born:1976
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Michael L. Ossy
Detroit, MI
Admitted
  • Michigan, 2009
Education:
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2009
Born:1984
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