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Sutherland Appoints Valerie A. Jackson to Serve as Director of Diversity to Expand Firm's Diversity Initiatives

November 9, 2007

WASHINGTON (November 9, 2007) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Valerie A. Jackson will join the firm as Director of Diversity.


Ms. Jackson's primary focus will be managing the firm's continuing development and implementation of firmwide strategic diversity initiatives and programs. 


"Sutherland is committed to promoting diversity within the firm and in the legal profession," said Managing Partner Mark Wasserman.  "We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more productive law firm.  Valerie brings to us her experience as both a litigator and corporate lawyer as well as a demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession."


Ms. Jackson will oversee Sutherland's diversity initiatives related to pipeline projects, recruiting and retention.  She also will help the firm develop new strategic partnerships with the firm's clients to help increase diversity throughout the profession.  "We are very excited about the wealth of ideas and enthusiasm Valerie brings," said Business Litigation Co-Chair and Diversity Partner Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy.


Prior to joining Sutherland, Ms. Jackson served as an assistant director for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's Office of International Affairs.  She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and she received her A.B. in government, with honors, from Harvard University.  She is very involved in the Atlanta and Washington communities, where she works to increase educational and professional opportunities for disadvantaged children and young adults.


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 world's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to approximately 500 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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