Special Counsel to Acquire the Esquire Group


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 23: Special Counsel(R), the legal staffing unit of MPS Group, Inc. (NYSE:MPS), today announced that it has acquired the legal placement, staffing and outsourced document review units of the Esquire Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Esquire Group is the leading legal recruiting and consulting firm headquartered in Minneapolis. Founded in 1989 by Patricia Comeford, Esq., the Esquire Group works with leading law firms and in-house legal departments to recruit the best attorneys, paralegals, legal support staff, litigation support and project professionals and has been recognized by leading legal publications for its unique services and success.

"Special Counsel is very pleased to enter the Minneapolis market with the addition of the Esquire Group's excellent staff and services," said John Marshall, president of Special Counsel. "The Esquire Group's focus on client and candidate service fits well within Special Counsel's structure. We believe there are many synergies that will enable us to be successful together in Minneapolis, a market we've investigated closely for some time.

"Esquire Group's market leadership, coupled with its stellar reputation and the experience level of its staff, allows Special Counsel to further broaden its reach and services in an important market," Marshall added. "In addition, Esquire Group's clients will now have access to Special Counsel's unparalleled national candidate base, TurnKey Legal Centers for outsourced document review, as well as our suite of related services such as Concise(TM) and Alderson Reporting."

About Special Counsel
Special Counsel is the largest provider of legal staffing services to corporate legal departments and law firms nationwide, including 90% of the largest law firms in the United States. Special Counsel services include customized staffing and project management for e-discovery and document review projects of any size and location, as well as providing experienced legal professionals for general workload management, litigation support, and business transaction support.

Specialized services include permanent placement of legal professionals at all levels, medical document review, Concise(R) deposition digesting, and court reporting services through Alderson Reporting. For more information, visit specialcounsel.com/.

About MPS Group
MPS Group is a leading provider of staffing, consulting, and solutions in the disciplines of information technology, finance and accounting, law, engineering, and healthcare. MPS Group delivers its services to government entities and businesses in virtually all industries throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe. A Fortune 1000 company with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, MPS Group trades on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information about MPS Group, please visit http://www.mpsgroup.com/.

Source: MPS Group

CONTACT: Tyra Tutor, Senior Vice President,
Corporate Development of MPS Group,
+1-904-360-2500,
or
tyra.tutor@mpsgroup.com

Web site: specialcounsel.com/ http://www.mpsgroup.com/

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