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Three Sutherland Partners Recognized as All-Stars for Client Service

February 10, 2016

ATLANTA and NEW YORKSutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that three partners, Brian Barrett, Peter G. Pappas and Marc A. Rawls, were named 2016 BTI Client Service All-Stars. The annual list recognizes attorneys, who are identified as providing superior client service, via unprompted feedback from corporate counsel at some of the world’s largest organizations.

The BTI Client Service All-Star awards are the result of candid responses from in-depth, independent interviews with corporate counsel conducted by the BTI Consulting Group. Attorneys cannot lobby or self-nominate to be added to the list. BTI focuses on Fortune 1000 companies and large organizations to probe different aspects of law firm relationships, including the needs and priorities of clients and the quality of service. As announced by BTI Consulting Group, only 66 of the 650 law firms serving large organizations had more than one BTI Client Service All-Star.

“In our field, client nomination is the ultimate compliment, and it is very rewarding to know that our clients value the work of these three fine lawyers,” said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “We are extremely proud of Brian, Peter and Marc’s intensive client-focused approach and congratulate them for receiving this tremendous award.”

Mr. Barrett, a member of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group in New York, has nearly 25 years of experience as an investment banker and lawyer. He advises banks, broker-dealers, life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, payment processors and money transmitters on regulatory and transactional matters. His advisory work includes Basel 3, Volcker, BSA/AML, and insurance risk-based capital and investment laws. His transactional practice extends to financings, cleared and non-cleared derivatives, and securitizations, including insurance-linked securities (ILS) transactions, credit facilities, repurchase agreements and securities lending transactions.

Mr. Pappas, a member of Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Atlanta, counsels clients in a variety of global industries—including energy and chemical companies—on all aspects of new patent development, transactions and protecting existing intellectual property. With a degree in chemical engineering, he concentrates in chemical patent prosecution, but also advises clients in mechanical patent prosecution, federal trademark prosecution, licensing, validity and infringement opinions, and litigation support.

Mr. Rawls, resident in the firm’s Atlanta office, is Deputy Practice Group Leader of Sutherland’s Corporate and Financial Services Practice Groups. He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, restructurings, and strategic relationships. He represents various clients in acquisitions involving both private and publicly held companies, restructured transactions involving private companies and joint ventures, and advises on private and public securities offerings and governance matters involving both public and privately held companies. Mr. Rawls is also a member of Sutherland’s Business Development Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

ABOUT BTI CONSULTING GROUP The Boston-based consulting group is the leading provider of strategic market research to law firms and professional services firms. BTI conducts the only continuous benchmarking market study in the legal services industry based on independent interviews with general counsel and key decision makers who hire law firms.

ABOUT SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world’s largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 400 lawyers across 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. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Sutherland (Europe) LLP in London and Geneva. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1UH. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at A list of the members of Sutherland (Europe) LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.

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