The firm was co-founded in 1969 by Richard Kitch and Richard F. Suhrheinrich (now a Senior Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge), both experienced litigators, especially in malpractice and products liability cases. While many firms have grown primarily through mergers and acquisitions, the Kitch firm has experienced all of its growth to date through its focus on strong client partnerships, leadership in the practice of law, and successful business practices. The firm has grown from four attorneys in 1969 to 19 attorneys in 1980 to over 100 attorneys and six offices in the Great Lakes region in 2008.Although the Kitch firm began as a medical malpractice defense firm, and continues to be recognized as one of the premier medical malpractice defense firms in the industry, it is today a full-service firm. The Kitch firm expanded to meet the other legal needs of its healthcare clients as those clients grew during the '80s and '90s, and then expanded further to provide the same services to non-healthcare clients. The firm now covers such diverse areas as government regulation and litigation, estate planning, corporate, criminal investigations and prosecutions, commercial real estate, commercial litigation and employment law.When relocating its headquarters in 2005, the firm made a strategic decision to stay committed to the city of Detroit, and moved to a new location within the One Woodward building. This building was the first high-rise office to be designed by the late Minoru Yamasaki, a world-renowned architect whose firm continues to be based in Michigan. Yamasaki's many design credits worldwide included the New York World Trade Center towers. The office is near both the Wayne County Court and the Federal District Court and was reconfigured to include a National Trial Center.