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Sutherland at the Top in 2006 Chambers USA Rankings

June 15, 2006

ATLANTA and WASHINGTON (June 15, 2006) – Chambers and Partners has released its 2006 edition of Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which ranks many of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan’s practices and lawyers among the top in the country.

In the 2006 edition, Sutherland’s Energy and Tax groups in Georgia ranked #1 for the second year in a row.  Sutherland’s Construction group, formerly Griffin Cochrane & Marshall, also earned a #1 spot this year in Georgia.  The Washington, DC Tax group ranked #4.  The firm’s Corporate, Investment Management, Litigation and Real Estate groups in Georgia ranked #2 for the second consecutive year. 

In addition to these firm rankings, a number of the firm’s partners received top individual rankings.  Practicing in the firm’s Washington, DC office, Lloyd Leva Plaine (Wealth Management) is ranked #2 nationally.  Al Adams (Real Estate), Jerry Cohen (Tax), James Jordan (Real Estate), Cada Kilgore (Energy), Jennifer Fletcher (Construction), and Lee Davis (Construction) are each ranked #1 in their respective practices in Georgia.  John Fleming (Litigation), James Hasson (Tax), Herbert Short (Energy), and Barry McCabe (Construction) are ranked #2 in their respective practices in Georgia.  David Rabinowitz (Real Estate) is ranked #2 in New Jersey.  Jerry Libin (Tax) is ranked #2 in Washington, DC.  Also receiving top honors in their practice areas are Herb Beller (Tax), Reggie Clark (Tax), Mark Kaufman (Corporate), John North (Intellectual Property), Steve Roth (Investment Management), and Keith McCrea (Energy).

Chambers and Partners, based in London, prepares several useful directories which assess and rank the world’s leading lawyers according to their reputations amongst peers and clients.  The rankings for the USA Guide, which was first introduced in 2003, are based on more than 7000 interviews conducted over the whole of the USA.  The qualities on which the Chambers rankings were assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. 

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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