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Orion Refining Corporation General Counsel Joins Sutherland

November 11, 2003

WASHINGTON (November 11, 2003) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan announced today that Roberta M. Rossi has joined the firm as counsel in the Houston office.  Formerly, Ms. Rossi was General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Orion Refining Corporation and Managing Attorney and Vice President of Valero Energy Corporation.

In Ms. Rossi's twenty years working in the energy industry, her experience has covered all aspects of energy law and business, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project financings, and the trading and marketing of energy products and feedstocks.

Ms. Rossi has established practices and procedures for trading energy commodities; negotiated the purchase of petroleum refineries, both domestically and internationally; negotiated gasoline storage agreements and leasing of facilities; documented joint ventures for construction of natural gas pipelines; sold gas processing facilities; created joint ventures for purchase of methanol facilities; documented outsourcing programs for energy services, both domestically and internationally; managed project financing for a MTBE facility; represented business interests in international crude oil contracts; represented business interests in trading gas and oil in Europe and Russia; negotiated engineering, procurement and construction agreements for the energy industry; advised board of director on fiduciary duties and obligations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and negotiated technology agreements for energy industry processes.

"Robbi's vast experience within the energy industry is the perfect fit for our Energy Group and our Houston office," says Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Managing Partner James L. Henderson III

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

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