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Sutherland Adds Prominent Insurance and Financial Services Litigator Phillip E. Stano

February 22, 2007

WASHINGTON (February 22, 2007) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces Phillip E. Stano has joined the Litigation Practice Group as partner resident in the firm's Washington office.  Stano will focus his practice on complex commercial insurance and financial services class action litigation.

"We are pleased to welcome Phillip to Sutherland," said Nicholas T. Christakos, a member of the firm's executive committee and leader of the commercial insurance and class action litigation group.  "We expect his significant litigation experience will serve as a gateway from the regulatory, corporate, tax and other work we do for large insurance companies to class action litigation."

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Stano was a partner with Jorden Burt LLP, where he concentrated on complex class action, market conduct, financial services litigation and government relations.  Mr. Stano has been lead counsel in dozens of attempted class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country. He previously coordinated litigation work for the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), where he helped shape emerging litigation developments and issues of interest to the life insurance industry.  Mr. Stano also organized and directed the ACLI's study group on market conduct litigation.  He is recognized in the industry both as an authority in this area and as the first to mobilize the life insurance industry in response to market conduct class actions. He was named by the American Tort Reform Association as Legal Reform Champion for 2005 for his judicial and other tort reform efforts in numerous states.

Mr. Stano frequently writes and speaks on insurance industry litigation topics.  He has published several articles in the Journal of Insurance Regulation and in ABA Tort and Insurance Products Section (TIPS) publications.  Additionally, Mr. Stano has been a frequent lecturer at TIPS meetings, as well as meetings of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC) and the National Organization of Life and Health Guaranty Associations.

"Phillip coming on board is a win-win for us and our clients," adds Financial Services Practice Group chair, Stephen E. Roth.   "His reputation is unsurpassed, and our 125-lawyer national litigation practice is significantly enhanced by his extensive insurance class action defense experience and broad knowledge of the industry's products and services."

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an AmLaw 100 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 450 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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