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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Welcomes Lester M. Bliwise to Real Estate Practice

February 15, 2006

NEW YORK (February 15, 2006) Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Lester M. Bliwise has joined the Real Estate Practice Group as a partner.  Mr. Bliwise, who will be resident in the firm's expanding New York office, focuses in commercial real estate on a national basis, including conventional and capital market financings, acquisitions and dispositions, equity investments and debt restructurings.  Mr. Bliwise will chair the firm's real estate finance practice in New York.

"We are very happy to welcome Les to the firm," said Alfred G. Adams Jr., Sutherland's Real Estate Practice Group Leader.  "Les is an exceptional lawyer who is a leader in the New York real estate bar and has a national reputation in real estate finance.  Les is sure to bring great value to our clients."

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bliwise was a member of Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross P.C. in New York and chaired the firm's Real Estate Finance Group.  His experience includes representing commercial and investment banks, pension funds and their advisors, insurance companies, institutional owners and investors, and others.  Mr. Bliwise has written for numerous trade and legal publications and is a frequent speaker on real estate and real estate finance topics.

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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