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Alan Wolper, NASD District Director, Joins Sutherland

March 15, 2004

ATLANTA (March 15, 2004) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP today announced that Alan M. Wolper has joined the firm as Counsel and will practice in the Securities Enforcement and Litigation Group.  Most recently, Mr. Wolper served as District Director for District 7 in Atlanta for the NASD, Inc. (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.).  At Sutherland, Mr. Wolper will focus his practice primarily in broker/dealer litigation, arbitration and enforcement matters.

"Alan has a unique combination of experience in handling securities matters, from regulatory to enforcement to litigation," says Sutherland securities litigation partner, Terry R. Weiss.  "His skill set will add depth and complement the broad range of services our Group provides to the securities industry."

While at NASD, Inc., Mr. Wolper managed the overall operation of the 63-person District Office in Atlanta, covering the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, plus Puerto Rico, the Canal Zone, and the Virgin Islands.  As District Director, he oversaw the examination, enforcement, financial surveillance and membership programs, as well as all administrative functions including budget and human resources.  From 1993-1998, Mr. Wolper served as Regional Counsel in NASD Regulation's Atlanta office.  During this six-year stint, he prosecuted formal disciplinary actions against member firms and associated persons for violations of NASD and SEC rules and regulations.

Prior to joining NASD, Inc., Mr. Wolper spent 10 years in private legal practice, handling litigation and arbitration matters involving securities matters.  He received his J.D., with honors, from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree, with high honors in English, from Rutgers College.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 350 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit sutherland.com.

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