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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Welcomes Eric S. Tresh to Renowned Tax Practice

November 14, 2005

ATLANTA (November 14, 2005) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce Eric S. Tresh has joined the Tax Practice Group as a partner.  Mr. Tresh, who will work from the firm's Atlanta office, focuses his practice on state and local taxation and tax and business issues related to the communications industry, including Federal and state regulatory matters.

"We are thrilled to welcome Eric to the firm," said Jerome B. Libin, Sutherland's Tax Practice Group Leader.  "His significant state and local taxation expertise will strengthen our practice and will bring great value to our clients."

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tresh was a partner in the State and Local Tax group at KPMG, where he was responsible for state and local tax consulting services to clients throughout the country.  Mr. Tresh frequently speaks and writes on state and local tax issues, including those relating to the communications industry.  Mr. Tresh is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  He earned his J.D. from University of South Carolina School of Law and his B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Also joining the firm from KPMG is Jolie A. Sims.  Ms. Sims will be an associate also operating from the firm's Atlanta office.  She  specializes in matters related to all aspects of the communications industry, including wireless, wireline, and cable and Internet service.  Prior to joining the Sutherland, Ms. Sims served as the manager of the State and Local Tax group for KPMG, where she was responsible for managing client relationships and project delivery.  She earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and received her B.S. from the University of Florida.

Sutherland's tax practice, one of the largest and most highly regarded in the country, has produced two former Commissioners of Internal Revenue and a former Chief Counsel of the IRS.  Many partners and associates have held positions in the IRS, the Treasury Department, the Justice Department and the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress.  Five partners have served as Chair of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association.  Another partner has served as President of the International Fiscal Association.

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 sutherland.com.

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