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Sutherland Expands Securities Enforcement and Litigation Practice with the Addition of a Former SEC Enforcement Attorney and the Return of a Sutherland Litigator

June 2, 2010

ATLANTA (June 2, 2010) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced today that W. Scott Sorrels, a former attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has joined the Firm as a partner and that Avital Stadler has rejoined the firm as counsel in the Securities Enforcement and Litigation Practice Group. Both will be based in Atlanta.

Mr. Sorrels, who joins Sutherland from the law firm Bryan Cave, has practiced in the securities and banking regulatory, enforcement, and litigation area for more than 25 years.  He has represented public and private companies, their officers and directors, along with financial institutions and accounting firms in matters involving the SEC, the Department of Justice, and banking regulatory authorities in government investigations, complex commercial litigation, and internal investigations.

Mr. Stadler’s securities litigation, arbitration and enforcement experience includes representing broker-dealers and registered representatives in federal and state court, customer arbitrations and investigations by the SEC, the state of Georgia, and, what is now, FINRA.  He was with Sutherland from 2002-2007 and was with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP before rejoining the firm.

"The depth of experience Scott and Avi bring to Sutherland will exponentially strengthen our group as we serve clients across the country," said Neil S. Lang, head of Sutherland’s Securities Enforcement and Litigation Practice.  “Scott’s experience in representing financial institutions and their officers and directors, particularly in these challenging times, bolsters this dimension of our client services."

"Sutherland has one of the most dynamic and experienced securities regulatory and enforcement practice groups in the country," Mr. Sorrels said. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to join one of Atlanta’s most prestigious firms and one of the leading securities practices in the country."

“The addition of Scott and Avi further enhances our flourishing Securities Practice," said Sutherland’s Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman, “and directly supports our plans for strategic growth of the firm."

Sutherland represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, other financial service providers, public companies, and individuals confronted with examinations, investigations, and prosecutions brought by the SEC, federal or state prosecutors, FINRA, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and other regulatory agencies.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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