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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Elects Eight New Partners

January 13, 2006

ATLANTA and WASHINGTON (January 13, 2006) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the election of eight new partners.  The following attorneys are partners effective January 1, 2006:

In the Atlanta Office:
Patricia A. Gorham
, Cheryl L. Haas-Goldstein and Avital Stadler have been elected partner.

Ms. Gorham practices in the Litigation group focusing on complex commercial litigation, primarily in the areas of accountants' liability, securities fraud, and class actions.  Ms. Haas-Goldstein practices in the Litigation group concentrating in the areas of securities enforcement, securities fraud, federal and state RICO cases, and other complex commercial litigation.  Mr. Stadler practices in the Litigation group focusing on securities litigation and enforcement.

In the Washington Office:
Robert S. Chase II,Daniel E. Frank and Gail L. Westover have been elected partner.

Mr. Chase practices in the Tax group focusing on the taxation of financial products and international tax planning.  Mr. Frank practices in the Energy group concentrating in regulatory proceedings at the federal and state levels, and in commercial transactions and contracts.  Ms. Westover practices in the Litigation group focusing in several substantive areas, including construction, employment,  insurance, reinsurance, energy and other complex commercial disputes.

In the New York Office:
Robert E. Copps
and Eric L. Sidman have been elected partner.

Mr. Copps practices in the Corporate group concentrating in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, finance and securities matters and general corporate representation.  Mr. Sidman practices in the Real Estate group focusing in the area of commercial real estate, with an emphasis on retail and office development and leasing.

"Each of these attorneys has been a very strong contributor to the life of the firm," said Mark D. Wasserman, Sutherland's firm wide Managing Partner.  "I am confident that each new partner will continue to use his or her talents to work for our future success."  

Sutherland has also promoted the following attorneys to counsel.

In the Atlanta Office:
Candice C. Decaire
, Intellectual Property;
Kevin W. King, Intellectual Property; and
Robert J. Neis, Tax.

In the Washington Office:
Elisabeth M. Bentzinger,
Financial Services;
Sheila R. Novak, Real Estate; and
Patrice M. Pitts, Financial Services.

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 425 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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