ATLANTA (May 24, 2004) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Robert J. Pile has been elected to serve as President of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries. Mr. Pile is a partner in the firm's Business Practices Group.
Mr. Pile focuses his practice on business transactions, securities offerings and federal securities law compliance matters. He represents parties to acquisitions and other transactions involving both publicly and privately-held companies, public and private offerings of securities, securities reporting and compliance matters and governance matters involving publicly-held companies. Mr. Pile earned his B.A. in Business Administration at Stetson University and his J.D., with honors, at the University of Florida College of Law, where he was also a member of The Order of the Coif and served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Florida Law Review.
Mr. Pile serves as the Vice Chair of the Georgia Bar's Business Law Section, and will succeed to the role of Chair of the Business Law Section in July 2004. Mr. Pile is a member of the Florida and Georgia State Bars and has served as Legal Counsel for the Atlanta Bar Association and the Atlanta Bar Foundation.
The American Society of Corporate Secretaries has over 4,000 members representing approximately 2,800 companies. The ASCS addresses public disclosure issues under the securities laws and matters affecting corporate governance, including the structure and meetings of the board of directors and its committees, the proxy process and the annual meeting of shareholders and shareholder relations, particularly with large institutional owners.
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 350 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington. For further information about the firm, please visit sutherland.com.