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Three Sutherland Attorneys Named Among the Top "Women in Business Law" by Expert Guide

July 19, 2012

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON (July 19, 2012) – Three Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP attorneys have been selected by Expert Guides as among the top “Women in Business Law" in their respective nationwide practice areas. Giovanna T. Sparagna and Carol P. Tello earned honors in the tax field, while Cynthia R. Shoss was named to the best insurance and reinsurance lawyers list. Attorneys are selected by independent nomination in the biennial survey published by Legal Media Group.

“Due to their outstanding achievements, these three attorneys are very deserving of this national recognition of the best women in law," said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “It’s always an honor when our attorneys are recognized for the complex and challenging legal work they do on behalf of Sutherland clients."

This is the second consecutive time that Ms. Sparagna, an of counsel member of Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group, has been featured on the Expert Guides list. In her Washington, D.C.-based practice, she advises multinational Fortune 50 corporations on international tax planning and controversy matters involving cross-border financing, royalty structures, mergers and acquisitions, contract manufacturing structures, cross-border service and supply agreements, and repatriation planning.

Ms. Tello, a partner Sutherland’s D.C. office, focuses her practice primarily on international taxation matters, including a range of cross-border tax planning and Internal Revenue Service controversy matters for both business entities and individuals. Her work for insurance companies in the cross-border context includes restructuring transactions and advising on inbound corporate transactions, withholding matters and treaty interpretation issues. Ms. Tello currently chairs the Committee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers of the American Bar Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Ms. Shoss, based in Sutherland’s New York office, has counseled clients on life insurance, property/casualty insurance, health insurance and workers’ compensation for more than 30 years. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, state departments of insurance and attorneys general, investment bankers and multinational clients and is recognized for her experience with demutualizations, mergers, conversions, and other restructurings and acquisitions. She also assists clients with legislation, examinations and investigations, and with compliance, governance and investment issues.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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