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Sutherland Announces New Partners

January 5, 2010

ATLANTA and WASHINGTON (January 5, 2010) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces the election of eight new partners effective January 1, 2010. “Each of these attorneys has made significant contributions to our clients and to the firm," said Sutherland’s Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman, "and we are honored to have them as partners."

The following attorneys have been elected partner:

From our Corporate Practice Group:
David M. Cayce advises clients on nuclear energy transactions, power plant construction and procurement, mergers and acquisitions, private equity finance and general corporate matters. He advised a global supplier of nuclear power generating facilities in the negotiation of agreements governing the engineering, procurement and construction of the first three new commercial nuclear power facilities planned in the U.S. in more than three decades. David resides in the Atlanta office.

From our Intellectual Property Practice Group:
N.E.B. (Jack) Minnear represents and advises clients in a variety of complex intellectual property disputes, including multidistrict and transnational litigation involving patent, trade secret and antitrust matters. He has successfully represented a leading generic pharmaceutical company, an international minerals company, and a major international communications and entertainment company, among other representations. Jack resides in the New York office.

From our Litigation Practice Group:
Benjamin H. Sawyer resolves complex construction and commercial disputes for construction industry clients. He has represented contractors and subcontractors in a broad range of claims, disputes and litigation across the country involving hotel, casino, stadium, hospital, sewer and mining projects. He also advises clients on dispute avoidance, contract drafting, project issues and various compliance issues. Ben is resident in the Atlanta office. 

Bryan M. Ward defends clients in securities litigation, arbitration and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement actions. His clients include corporate officers, registered representatives, investment advisers, banks and broker-dealers. Bryan resides in the Atlanta office.

From our Tax Practice Group:
Michele Borens assists clients with all areas of multistate tax planning and controversy matters. She represents Fortune 100 companies in many of the critical state and local tax issues facing businesses today, and has developed extensive experience in attributional nexus and the taxation of internet businesses, income tax apportionment issues, and Maryland/Virginia/Washington, D.C., tax issues. Michele resides in the Washington, D.C., office.

Mary E. Monahan represents taxpayers in complex federal tax audit and litigation matters. She has represented some of the nation’s largest taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax Court, the Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court in a wide variety of substantive areas, most recently including interest on federal taxes, the alternative minimum tax, insurance company issues, and the research tax credit.  She has also worked with multinational corporations on tax planning, focusing particularly on complex procedural issues, tax accounting, and income recognition. Mary resides in the Washington, D.C., office.

Robert J. Neis advises Fortune 25 to Fortune 200 companies on executive compensation arrangements  and qualified retirement plan design, amendment and compliance. He also represents clients on employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions and in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor. Rob resides in the Atlanta office.

Marc A. Simonetti represents clients in all areas of multistate tax planning, litigation, and legislative analysis. He has developed a national reputation advising clients on the financial statement impact of state tax issues (including the requirements of FIN 48 and FAS 5) and assisting clients with New Jersey and New York state tax controversies. Marc resides in the New York office.

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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