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Sutherland Real Estate Partner R. Robinson Plowden Receives LEED Professional Accreditation

March 17, 2009

ATLANTA (March 17, 2009) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces Real Estate Partner R. Robinson Plowden has earned accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Accredited Professional (LEED AP). People who earn the LEED AP designation have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System and can successfully steward the LEED certification process. Mr. Plowden is one of seven LEED AP attorneys in Georgia.

“The real estate market is more competitive than ever," said Real Estate Practice Group Leader Alfred G. Adams Jr. “Rob’s accreditation will assist our clients in understanding and implementing green building practices."

Mr. Plowden has extensive experience with office, industrial, retail and mixed-use acquisition, development and leasing. His understanding of LEED requirements, along with those of similar certification programs, such as Energy Star and Green Globes, enables him to assist clients with the unique legal issues that arise in connection with developing, leasing and owning green buildings.

“Sustainable building practices will be increasingly more important in coming years," said Mr. Plowden.  “Nationally, a growing number of cities have enacted green building codes. Locally, the city of Atlanta is following the national trend with the recently proposed Atlanta Green Building Ordinance, which references the LEED silver rating. This accreditation demonstrates my ongoing commitment to partner with my clients through all facets of their green building projects."

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, financial services, energy and environmental, 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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